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LSxChevelle wrote:

Hey Ben, what are the chances of you doing some boat interior work? Might buy back a boat I built that still needs new upholstery.


Sorry, but I'm not setup to do custom upholstery... just found a little niche market installing the repop seat covers for cars... I don't think that sort of stuff is available for boats.

 

 

 

 



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I was kinda guessing that...I wish I had access to a upholstery type sewing machine and could learn that trade a bit.

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Been working on Scot's 69 Chevelle Buckets.
He had ordered up the TMI sport foam buns & their Sport seat covers for his 69.
Unfortunately after i assembled the first seat, i noticed an issue- they are missing the foam insert for the outtermost cover pleat- which leaves the covers wrinkled in that area.
TMI was very cool and rushed to make another set... which arrived yesterday... and is exactly the same as the first set....

To further complicate matters, Scot's going to Cool April Nights in 2 weeks with this car and needs the seats to be done... So last night i finished assembling them with the "defective" covers just to get him down the road. TMI is supposed to be doing something to help resolve this- likley an upgrade to the Sport-R covers (once they fix their damn design pattern).

Anyway, i'm lazy this morning and these are not in order.










My overall impression with the TMI Stuff is pretty good. The foam is still too stiff in my opinion, but the real test will be when Scot gets it installed in his car. I was going to put one in my car to test the feel, but my cars at the bodyshop.

The nice thing is- due to the foams embedded wire, and the extra padding on the bolsters (to compress) it makes the covers very easy to install. A beginner would have a much easier time installing these themselves, vs standard covers & foam that don't have that much to compress going over the corners.

Anyway- So at present i'm personally not thrilled with how they turned out due to the wrinkles, but its due to the way they are currently making the 69 style cover. No other seat pattern would have that particular issue.

In addition to missing that outter pleat filling- the inner pleat next to the basket weave is not defined at all- mentioned that to them as well- although that is just a correctness thing- not affecting the wya the cover goes on. Just would look better.   Hopefully they will get these things fixed- not just for us, but in general because otherwise its a pretty good quality item.



-- Edited by Ben on Tuesday 12th of March 2013 09:53:00 AM

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Nice work Ben...sucks about that issue though!

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Have any pics with the headrests? They look good, this might be in my future for the '66.

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He opted to remove the headrests & hardware

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Working On Jason B's Bucket seats... He's getting Legendary "Rallye" covers & buns put on.

Finished up spring repairs tonight. Had some creative fixes, but its all good now. Waiting on a decision about powder coating, then they'll start going back together.






























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Nice work on the spring repairs. Even though the frames will never be seen again they will last longer after being blasted and powder coated.
Thanks Ben.

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I think its a good move. for the cost its hard to beat.
I've got the frames with me at work now, will head down to Tukwila at lunch to drop them off.



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Where are you taking them?...NW Powder?

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yes, they did the last set i had done, and several of my previous customers used them... a bit of a drive, but there is not much around the issaquah area where i am during the day hours...

 

 

 



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Back from blasting and coating... Ready to go.back together



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Wow dude those are nice!



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Brandon1984 wrote:

Wow dude those are nice!


 too bad its all stuff that will never get seen! But it is doing an important job (keeping them from rusting again), so its worth doing.

 



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Nice!

 



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Finished up another customers 72 chevelle bench seat & rear last night... I finally have a complete collection!!!!

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-- Edited by Ben on Thursday 18th of February 2016 10:44:11 AM

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Nice work Ben.
Take some pics of my shiny frames assembled just because wink biggrin

Thanks



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I'll be re-assembling yours the next couple evenings and this weekend. There will be lots of pics as they go back together for sure.

I do want to do a test "sit" on the bare frame in eric's chevelle next door with just those "rallye" foams installed to see if they will need modification before I start pulling covers on. 

 

 

 



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I really like those '66 ones!

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They all look really good! Nice work Ben!



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