Dave, I found the original seat covers recently (thought I'd thrown away). The pictures below may help with identifying a set of covers that more closely duplicate the originals.
As shown on the images, the major difference from original and the reproductions is the seat material is cut different. Stock has one piece you set on, with a separate skirt going down to the floor. Reproduction takes the seat part down to the floor. Saving a seam. Hadn't really noticed the difference till you pointed it out. Good Eye!
Sorta wish now I hadn't cut the originals off the frame. Maybe next time.
Last edited by moparguy; Fri Feb 16 2018 03:54 AM.
1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear 1970 340 Duster 1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain) 1951 Farmall Super A
Very instructive moparguy, thanks for the pics and info. In 1986 my friend's mom did heavy duty sewing and was able to make patterns from original covers and very little wear after 32 years!! Except the drivers side piping wants to come off and the texture is not right. Leaning toward spanish grain maroon of the same texture and quality look as your brown, undecided yet as to original piping versus French stitch. Underseat padding is no less important, thanks for the insight on that. Shelley the truck also appreciates your comments about the AK drive. It's been a few years and she still wears me out like a cheap treadmill.
Here is a picture of Jim Carter’s maroon color ‘Spanish Grain’ vinyl seat cover installed in my truck. As noted earlier, it is not the exact grain pattern or stitch line as the original cover, but it’s very similar. As I recall, another member from Georgia?- a while back located a source for material a bit more like the original grain if you choose to make your own.
For comparison, here is a swatch of original seat cover from a 1950 seat.
I was all set to order a seat cover and then I started to study this thread. My seat springs seem to be in good shape, but the cover and padding need some work. I'm going to check into the cost of having it professionally covered. Please keeps us updated on your search, thanks.
Sorry to get to the discussion a little late. I've purchased (and received) seat upholstery for my truck, but haven't installed it yet. I got mine from Classic Industries. Comparing to what is in the earlier pictures, mine is not a single piece (back to front) on the bottom cushion. It uses multiple pieces, more like the originals, although it does not use piping at the seams. Since it isn't installed yet, it is kinda hard to get good pics, but I'll post what I have. Hopefully it helps inform.