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Working on brake lines.

New shoes, springs, and cylinders too!.

New, new new...

The nut and bolt wall of painting.

New again, as it was in 1962.

Painted. Complete.

primer on the rear and roof.

Roofing. Sand, primer.

The cowl, sand, primer and paint.

The sticker from PA.

Cleaning for painting.

Body work on the rockers.

Painting the dash also.

Primer, edging, and the doors.

Primer on the doors, and edging.

Some paint around the edging, and other difficult places.

Buffing the stainless trim.

Bumping out the dents.

Making the dash trim templet for the holes.

making the dash trim holes.

painting the dash.

Buffing the rear trim.

Sanding for another coat.

Masking for floor painting.

The couch for the material.

remove, and replace.

Homemade buffer machine.

driving past a speed trap.

repaired mud deviders.

Wildwood summer drive.

Welding in new pocket-well metal.

paint the underside.

Rear suspension back on.

Protect the sun from my head.

Nasty rusting.

A seat screw from 1962.

Painting the front wall.

The front wheel well, is done.

The other done wheel well.

Front wall is also done.

Rusted mud deviders.

Painting additional items.

Lot's to restore here.

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  The previous page has more of this subject. Now, we continue on this page 46.... More of the seating reupholstering..... Whew, what a job!.

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  There we go!... They are finished. The back seating is done... I did the best I could. I hope the front seats look as good....

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  Had to replace some things I wasen't planning on like the front beading along the wall and seating area seams. Covering two cuts in the center of the wall. But, It does look good. I am pleased with the finished product.

  Now, we start on the front seat back rest. This is going to be harder as it seems the rear covering is also sewn on. I may have to remove the stitching for theat part, sew in the centers, then re sew the backing part. maybe? Maybe not. I will figure it out when I start these... Yet another hurtle to go through... Until next time everyone, Chow!.

You Tube Nav ID Re-Upholstering of the 1962's seats. This is Video 03 (rear seat bottom)

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  Here we are on the front seat back rest.... Whew! One more seating part to go. The seat. This back rest was very difficult. The cover is like a large narrow bag that goes over the back rest. Now that I replaced the centers, the tention has changed, and we had to find a way to see about the wrinkles. Still a few wrinkles, but, looks okay. 100% better than the way they looked when removed from the car.

  Some areas I found it hard to get where I needed the sewing machine to be. But, I did, and there are some wrinkles around the top. But, with some stuffing dosen't look too bad. I am pleased with the way it came out. I must say, for someone that has no upholstery experiance, Not a bad job....

  On to the main front seat. This will need some new foam rubber. I do have some saved from the couch, and it just might be enough.... But, thats the next video. Be nice to get these done before the nice weather. It's on it;s way, just around the corner, as Mom would say.... Here's some pictures and a video.

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  We remove the seating centers. Both from the inside.

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  Making the beading again for all 4 sides.

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  The difficult areas of this project. The top of the seating.

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  The back where the centers are sewn on, must look good as this will be seen from the riders point of view.

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  The holding Canvis was rotted where the metal hard line wire was setting. I needed to replace the canvis. I did, and it look good.

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  We now put the "bag" over and have a look at what our hard work looks like. Still, needs some attention, but not too bad at this point.

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  Now, we hook the hooks into the new canvis holder material....

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  Now, we sew the underside ends down even better. This won't be seen as it's inbetween the back rest and the seat.

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  The back turned out good....

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  Okay, here's the finished product..... I think the little wrinkles will eventually go away after using some moisturer several applications in the future.

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  Here's the other side.... Still, not bad for someone who has no upholstery experiance. it's not bad looking. Some people will think the seats are original.
You Tube Nav ID Re-Upholstering of the 1962's seats. This is Video 04 (Front seat back rest)

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  It's been a week, on and off working on this last seating seat. I am reporting, lot's of trouble. I have the centers on, but it don't want to fit. So much so, on the bottom around the frame small rips.... Yes, The vinyl ripped. Also, where the seat back and the rest meet, the vinyl and the canvis material is rotted. I assume because this is the front seat and that is where all of the spills from the day's coffee, soda, water, and so on spill.... I am working on a fix...

  It dosen't look too bad, but it dosen't fit. Kinda funny, what changed? other than the centers?. The worn out parts of the foam, There has to be some sort of positioning I missed. I'll see if I can get it set in again, and this time observe all the corner, and such signs... I really don't know. I had it on and off 4 times, and I am still scratching my head. More on this later... See ya.

  It been several days. I was thinking, and trying different things about this problem. I have it "All right", but not to my "Good Liking". Maybe in the summer while the car's paint is drying I'll try to get the wrinkles out. It's a very difficult seat because there is no "entrance" after the cover is on to "fill" in the wrinkels area. Some say in the car, the heat will help, and some say Using it will help. That may be true, but, It was not a easy thing to put on the side pig rings. I had to horse the frame to get the springs depressed to get that area in place for the rings.

  It certanly looks much better now than it was original, and I am "okay" with the way it turned out, but not "A happy camper" so to speak. I know I will mess with it some more later on in the summer. Maybe the heat will help, maybe using it will help, but we shall see.... For now, The seats are finished, and we get ready for the spring restoration continuing. I will continue on the doors, and move on to the front wheels, brakes, and bearings. Then, the roof. I am hoping this summer is the summer the car get's back on the road, or at least the paint is on.

  Here's some pictures of this part of the seating restoration, and the video shows more, and also shows me struggling. All and all, without having any upholstery experiance, and using a 1909 sewing machine not made for upholstery, I think I did a dam good job. Although most people won't think of considering all of that. But, I think it will look good inside the car, as the dash and it's "box in" sort of speaking... So, this is where we are, and it's time to move forward and get ready for the spring time... Here's some pictures, and a video.... Chow!.

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  There was a lot of dirt and dust in the crevis, in between the back rest and the seat. This is where all the daily spills, food, and dirt collect. let's vac and clean the srea up.

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  Where the area is for your tush, was very worn. The foam was warn away, and this had to be replaced. I used the foam from the couch. Fit right in. Foam glue too.

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  The centers were sewen in as flat as possible. It was another difficult time getting the material to move around correctly for sewing. It's possible because of the structure of the cover, the wrinkles are caused by the new centers not laying flat anong with the older material.

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  Some of these wrinkles did go away after tightning. But, it had to come off because the area that goes under the back rest was ripping because of dry rotting. I had to make a canvis cover, and sew in. Then, I put the cover back on. That helped with some wrinkles...

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  The beading here is the original beading. The original thread, was also dry rotted. I did re sew all of the seams.

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  The original centers was so badly torn, I could not use them for measurement. Some measurments I had to guess, and it's not a bad guess.

  So, with this entry, the seating is completed, and I know upholstery is not my strong points. But, at least I can say I re did the seats myself and the material around the cloth centers are the original 1962 material. That itself, is amazing. See ya next time... Spring is in the air, ar at least on it's way...... Video will be posted once it's done uploading.... Chow!
You Tube Nav ID Re-Upholstering of the 1962's seats. This is Video 05 (The front seat bottom)

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