Jump to content

1936 front seat repair and surprise!


Recommended Posts

The front seat has become somewhat uncomfortable. So we took out the whole seat and removed the seat bottom and set it up on my work bench, table saw.

 

Lots of the springs have shifted and dropped. They are in need of reattach to the frame naturally. The burlap is original I believe, and every spring is individually wrapped. The photos show the poor state of springs. 
 

So after removal of many staples and some hog rings, I removed the cover. Underneath is the original cover. See photos. The original was tacked in place and has a couple leather rub strips where the seat bottom sits in the seat base.

 

The next step is to remove the original cover and repair the support system before reinstalling the cover. Fortunately this is not my first rodeo doing upholstery on large furniture.

Pierre

 

6365D5AD-3590-49AE-A397-9A6D5CB5F3AE.jpeg

02EA63D4-44DA-4890-8DAE-151D93420AD8.jpeg

3018903C-C652-439E-84D4-42F8A549AB8D.jpeg

5CB1D90F-BA02-413B-8853-638B2DF30EDF.jpeg

19A5A1D9-5793-41B2-B9AB-EEA04A939B7E.jpeg

6938B091-5A77-4C4B-B277-86BBDCCD14F9.jpeg

61371AE6-40CC-43DB-9B59-61D87F7A4F31.jpeg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Actuality your seat looks to be in fairly good condition, compared to my cars.  As for comfort, I don't think the seat will ever be as good as a bucket seat today. The actual amount of room (in width) is to limited.  I've tried everything to make mine work. I've replaced, most of the springs, added padding under the cover, stuffed springs with upholstery foam.  When all is said and done, I end up driving with my left side hanging off the edge of the seat.  The seat just isn't wide enough if you ask me.  I guess just not a good design. 

 

ERIC

Link to comment
Share on other sites

As the repair continues there has been some attempts to repair the edge that sits in the seat frame. Added a pigskin strip on top of the colored canvas ribbon that was worn. The burlap spring pockets are badly in need of replacement. Once I get the top off and all the cotton etc, I will figure out how much material I will need to replace those.

Pierre

 

 

ECA31EFF-60EF-4EEB-BC71-C66F7AD9DACB.jpeg

FF3FB3FA-DC86-4771-870E-BEBC29D769DF.jpeg

90410E35-9934-4483-BC01-6C15A54CE559.jpeg

A918FB70-5F89-453E-9708-B2BC052B611B.jpeg

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

Gave the cover a good washing in the bathtub. Water was black on the first pass. took another 2 washes to clear and 3 rinses. The silt in the tub was impressive on the first time! Now to tack the cover in place. Cleaned the car as the frayed old burlap was everywhere under the seat.

 

 

IMGP0788.JPG

IMGP0789.JPG

IMGP0791.JPG

Edited by Piaras (see edit history)
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Was the frame of the seat in good condition.  From the many cars of this vintage I've seen the frames are typically bent and difficult to straighten.  Did you replace the springs?  These also, get smashed and seem to loose there rebound. I've typically ended up stuffing the springs with foam.   I'm sure the foam is not original and will  not last nearly as long as a spring, but it seems to do a good job in giving support back to a bad springs.

 

ERIC

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The bottom frame was in good shape. The top wire frame was slightly warped but the springs being secured to it via the hog rings takes care of that. The springs were done, I could flatten them easily. I purchased new springs and burlap. I did go up in wire size from the original 12 to 9 gauge and @ $3 per spring it is an inexpensive repair.

Edited by Piaras (see edit history)
  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

Nice work!  I remember watching my seat being recovered and the upholsterer wrapped every spring individually… talk about patience!

 

By the way, I had my upholstery guy use high density memory foam underneath the leather.  I don’t know how long the high density memory foam will hold up, but boy is it comfortable now.

 

Joe

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...