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Re: Pictures of Spanish grain vinyl bench seat? [Re: Norcal Dave] #1255104 Thu Feb 15 2018 05:43 PM
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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.


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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



Re: Pictures of Spanish grain vinyl bench seat? [Re: Norcal Dave] #1255119 Thu Feb 15 2018 07:30 PM
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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. big_eek grin

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Re: Pictures of Spanish grain vinyl bench seat? [Re: Norcal Dave] #1255212 Fri Feb 16 2018 03:11 PM
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Thanks for the additional pics- that is exactly what I'm talking about. I also threw away my original cover... but here it is before I removed it:

[img]https://photos.app.goo.gl/jAqEqREA5xfuhEM13[/img]

The difference it makes (to me) is huge- that crisp, curved seat edge is one of the first things you see when you open the door. Hopefully I don't have to have one custom sewn.

Last edited by Norcal Dave; Fri Feb 16 2018 03:19 PM.

Dave

Clutch head screws have stolen too many hours from my life....

1950 Chevy 3600 (resto-something) - the work resumes...
https://goo.gl/photos/8t5mLuj4JZebvGq49

1963 GMC Widebed Custom

1951(?) GMC flatbed that is now a flower garden:
https://goo.gl/photos/H79pvKhHLxjNiR149

1968 Chevy II Nova- not running, waiting for me to finish the '50 3600
https://goo.gl/photos/Dh7q4pt3WSkKjjFr9
Re: Pictures of Spanish grain vinyl bench seat? [Re: Norcal Dave] #1255213 Fri Feb 16 2018 03:13 PM
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Here's another one that I found: [img]https://photos.app.goo.gl/eTubWDMuzd21D6UA2[/img]


Dave

Clutch head screws have stolen too many hours from my life....

1950 Chevy 3600 (resto-something) - the work resumes...
https://goo.gl/photos/8t5mLuj4JZebvGq49

1963 GMC Widebed Custom

1951(?) GMC flatbed that is now a flower garden:
https://goo.gl/photos/H79pvKhHLxjNiR149

1968 Chevy II Nova- not running, waiting for me to finish the '50 3600
https://goo.gl/photos/Dh7q4pt3WSkKjjFr9
Re: Pictures of Spanish grain vinyl bench seat? [Re: Norcal Dave] #1255219 Fri Feb 16 2018 04:58 PM
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The covers are out there, found this, (scroll down to just past the halfway point). Unfortunately no mention of the seat cover vendor. Of course it could have been a shop sewn cover.

Well, after more netsearch, I'm thinking two options exist:

1. Buy from the vendor of choice, then take the cover set to an upholstery shop and have them cut/sew as required and add piping so it matches the original style.

2. Source original style material and have a shop make proper covers using available photos for reference.

Good Luck and do post up if you find a solution.

RonR

Last edited by moparguy; Fri Feb 16 2018 05:11 PM.

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



Re: Pictures of Spanish grain vinyl bench seat? [Re: Norcal Dave] #1255224 Fri Feb 16 2018 05:37 PM
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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.

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Re: Pictures of Spanish grain vinyl bench seat? [Re: Norcal Dave] #1255385 Sun Feb 18 2018 01:47 AM
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Ron- thanks for the link. RdsLessTaken- that maroon looks really nice. The pattern is definitely an improvement on the squared-off kits out there.

The search continues. I will post any updates here, if I ever find a vendor that is doing it the right way.



Dave

Clutch head screws have stolen too many hours from my life....

1950 Chevy 3600 (resto-something) - the work resumes...
https://goo.gl/photos/8t5mLuj4JZebvGq49

1963 GMC Widebed Custom

1951(?) GMC flatbed that is now a flower garden:
https://goo.gl/photos/H79pvKhHLxjNiR149

1968 Chevy II Nova- not running, waiting for me to finish the '50 3600
https://goo.gl/photos/Dh7q4pt3WSkKjjFr9
Re: Pictures of Spanish grain vinyl bench seat? [Re: Norcal Dave] #1255790 Wed Feb 21 2018 03:29 AM
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Dave,

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.


Andy

His: 1947 Chevrolet 3100
Hers: 2008 American Saddlebred

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Re: Pictures of Spanish grain vinyl bench seat? [Re: Norcal Dave] #1255824 Wed Feb 21 2018 12:37 PM
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Andy, I will.


Dave

Clutch head screws have stolen too many hours from my life....

1950 Chevy 3600 (resto-something) - the work resumes...
https://goo.gl/photos/8t5mLuj4JZebvGq49

1963 GMC Widebed Custom

1951(?) GMC flatbed that is now a flower garden:
https://goo.gl/photos/H79pvKhHLxjNiR149

1968 Chevy II Nova- not running, waiting for me to finish the '50 3600
https://goo.gl/photos/Dh7q4pt3WSkKjjFr9
Re: Pictures of Spanish grain vinyl bench seat? [Re: Norcal Dave] #1261053 Sat Mar 31 2018 10:13 PM
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Hi Guys,

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.

This pic shows the upholstery unfolded and shows the individual parts.

This pic shows the upholstery draped over a box to show the seam.

This pic shows the box with the part number.

I had heard about the tip of using carpeting between the upholstery and the springs to soften things up, but hadn't heard about the closed cell foam. Is one method better than the other?

Thanks!


Mike

1953 3100
1994 Chevy 1500 (Donated to charity 2016)


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