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bucket seat rebuild

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Frickenwirthles, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. Frickenwirthles

    Frickenwirthles Registered Member

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    I know this has probably been asked before, but I couldn't find anything.... so here goes....

    Anybody know where i can but a re-upholstry kit for my stock captain chairs in my 88 burb? The butt on my seat is starting to seriously deteriorate.

    thanks for any help.
     
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    mr_clean 1/2 ton status

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    LMC sells the kits.
     
  3. Frickenwirthles

    Frickenwirthles Registered Member

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    hmm...i didn't think they did....that was the first place i looked...I guess they just didn't have it in the catalog I was looking in....

    anybody know of anywhere else? lmc is usually pretty expensive.
     
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    Check your local yellow pages and call a few shops. I was quoated $200 each for rebuilding mine. That includes reparing any broken springs, new foam, new upholstery (factory style fabric) and installing seat heaters and headrest speakers that I supply. This price is for me taking the seats in and dropping them off, they said costs would be slightly higher if the had to remove the seats.
     
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    I would go to a local place first.. they are way cheaper than the kit you can buy.
     
  6. Frickenwirthles

    Frickenwirthles Registered Member

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    ok....so I found that in LMC....but they don't have a reupholstry kit...any mail order catalogs sell inexpensive kits?
     
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    Are you looking for a comlete rebuild (foam, springs, upholstery) or just new upholstery? If you know someone into sewing with a heavy duty sewing machine, you might look into having them make some covers for you using the old covers as a pattern. Old Levi's from a thrift store can become some very durable seat covers. :waytogo:
     
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    What aobut canvas? Is canvas cheaper or more durable than vinyl?

    Can it be sewed by a cheap sewing machin?
     
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    It is doable but usually requires a HD sewing machine. It also would propably need to be heavy canvas to be durable. My dad made a bench seat cover for his old truck using an Army surplus pup tent. He had it on the seat for about 15 years when he sold the truck to a neighbor and last I heard it was still on there. (20 years and going strong in a farm truck)
     
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    That sounds cool.. wonder if I could go to one of those military surplus stores find something like that and dye it black?
     
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    Since we have Boeing around here, we have "Boeing Surplus" stores. The fabric they use to coat the seats in the planes is some VERY heavy duty stuff. I think that would be much better than canvas, which rots, and needs a heavy duty sewing machine to sew. I'd expect bus or train seats to use the same type of stuff.

    Talk to local places as was suggested. I know my dad had boat seats re-done at a place local. I've not re-done my seats (yet) but I suspect that the foam is something that needs replacing too, and I don't know if it is as simple as trimming to the desired contour, or if it takes a shop a lot of effort to do so.

    I was looking at LMC's prices for the seat stuff, and yes, it seemed really expensive to me.
     
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    I don't know about dying it but the tents come in two halves (left and right) and last I checked run about $20 bucks in a surplus store. I think it took two halves for the bench seat possibly 3. but figure buying two tents thats only $40 and would still leave one halve that could be used for something else, say a headliner. finding someone to sew it would be the hardest part but I don't think it would even be all that bad. My mom does lots of sewing and from what I gather many machines used by people that do a lot as a hobby etc are strong enough to do the heavy canvas, blue jean denim, and even some thin leathers. At least where I live it would just take asking around at church to find someone able to do the sewing.
     
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    Do they sell surplus sound deadening material at those Boeing stores as well?

    Thanks, 77crewcab. That sounds really cool. I'm going to try to find some canvas. :D Hopefully if I dye it it doesn't stain all my clothes or something. haha Maybe I can seal it somehow..
     
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    No idea if they sell sound deadener, I wouldn't be surprised. They have a lot of junk there.
     

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