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Just outta curiosity from the fellas in the know...dose this look like the factory bench seat top and inner workings? I pulled it last week to get the seat redone. It’s got rips and tears and sags a bunch. Took some pics before I get it done. Was just curious if that’s what it was built with or has it been reupholstered in the past. Under the seat portion it’s got that “straw” material. Behind the back rest it’s got burlap. Thru the tears it’s got foam.   

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7 hours ago, pidge said:

Just outta curiosity from the fellas in the know...dose this look like the factory bench seat top and inner workings? I pulled it last week to get the seat redone. It’s got rips and tears and sags a bunch. Took some pics before I get it done. Was just curious if that’s what it was built with or has it been reupholstered in the past. Under the seat portion it’s got that “straw” material. Behind the back rest it’s got burlap. Thru the tears it’s got foam.   

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Factory seat. The foam was sewed into the material as they were being made[pleats/tuck and roll depending who you are], it also helped with keeping the stitch from pulling from the material/vinyl. Then of course wrapped around the horse ass hair. If you can get rid of the horse hair do it. What we used to do is pull all apart weld and repair any broken springs and cracks on frame. Then we would wrap the springs with a strong trampoline material[forgot the name of it], then cut foam to your desired shape or keep factory look and then of course final wrap with your choice of material.

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52 minutes ago, Stoffregen Motorsports said:

Trampoline material sounds like an excellent upgrade. You put it right over the original springs?

Yes and I want to say it was called Hobie vinyl I believe for sails also. It kept the springs from cutting into the foam and vice versa.

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On 12/26/2020 at 3:06 PM, mainer311 said:

Coconut hair I think is original and makes a huge mess. Unfortunately these bench seats have welded springs and not straps. That makes them saggy and super bouncy.

Wow that’s exactly how it feels Goin down the road.....hit a unsuspecting dip and bucks ya pretty hard. 
-pidge

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On 12/26/2020 at 8:31 PM, mrbigtanker said:

Factory seat. The foam was sewed into the material as they were being made[pleats/tuck and roll depending who you are], it also helped with keeping the stitch from pulling from the material/vinyl. Then of course wrapped around the horse ass hair. If you can get rid of the horse hair do it. What we used to do is pull all apart weld and repair any broken springs and cracks on frame. Then we would wrap the springs with a strong trampoline material[forgot the name of it], then cut foam to your desired shape or keep factory look and then of course final wrap with your choice of material.

Interesting. Thank you very much. Didn’t know that. 
-Pidge

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Got the bench back and put in today. Just wanted to share with the community. I’m happy and think it came out great looking. 
-Pidge

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I’m thrilled, thanks guys for the positive feedback. I wanted to keep the stock look. The shop that did the work has been around for 40+ years I’m told....the green material is from a old roll they had. It’s apparently 1960 Chevy green. The grey is more modern material. 
 

edit: I upload my pics from my iPhone. Don’t know why they twist all the time. Apologize for that. 
-Pidge

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3 hours ago, pidge said:

$600 CDN. First time going down this rabbit hole so I’m no sure if that’s good or not. I thought it was a fair price and I’m happy with the results.  
-Pidge 

Thats a fair price. If he did some padding work and sometimes repair springs it starts to add up.

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If they’re a small business, and they do good work, and you like the results, sometimes it’s just worth it. The seat will last many years. 
 

I’ll be having my seat done soon, and hope it turns out this good.

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