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Torch_Vert 01-10-2010 08:55 AM

Redoing seats w/ Katzkin hides
 
I'm spending this icy weekend in my hobby room reupholstering my pony's seats with new Katzkin covers. Progress so far (they need a bit of baking in the hot sun to smooth out the wrinkles, but that ain't happening around here today. I also installed seat heaters in the seat bottoms and back while I had the covers off anyway.

http://torchvert.smugmug.com/Hellboy...83_RX8Jm-M.jpg

http://torchvert.smugmug.com/Hellboy...13_xTMQw-M.jpg

http://torchvert.smugmug.com/Hellboy...06_YsHTm-M.jpg

Pics of completed install are here: http://mustangforums.com/forum/6755393-post19.html

wilkinda 01-10-2010 09:02 AM

Looks good!!

Doogie65 01-10-2010 10:18 AM

Looking good!

Hopefully all those wrinkles will get eliminated after a long bake in the sun.

warnen 01-10-2010 10:37 AM

If you don't mind me asking how much does Katzkin charge for the seats?

pascal 01-10-2010 10:44 AM

Did you reverse the picture or something?
The horsey is supposed to run the other way (from right to left).
Looks good regardless... the whole car does. :)

Torch_Vert 01-10-2010 11:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pascal (Post 6742019)
Did you reverse the picture or something?
The horsey is supposed to run the other way (from right to left).
Looks good regardless... the whole car does. :)

On that pair of headrests I have it reversed on one side.

JimC 01-10-2010 03:14 PM

Looks good Paul, I need to get some Katzkins for my car as well.

alkemist 01-10-2010 03:45 PM

They look really good!!

Torch_Vert 01-10-2010 05:22 PM

Thanks guys.

One thing to note regarding the seats on these cars if you have the side airbags. On my car the area on the side of the seats below the airbag label has always looked a bit lumpy, and you could feel the airbag housing against the seat upholstery.

When I was stripping the covers I found out why. The airbag resides in a pretty flimsy plastic casing with 3 plastic latches to keep it closed. On my car, which is extmely well cared for as far as the interior, all three latches on both sides were open, exposing the airbag fabric, and the loose lid of the housing was what one could feel on the side of the seat.

Fortunately neither airbag had come out of the back half of the housing, and I just relatched the covers, and added a couple rubber bands to each to keep them closed (I don't suspect a rubber band or two is going to slow an airbag designed to tear through the seat cover)

Just thought the issue was worth mentioning as since it was that way on both sides of my car including the fairly lightly used passenger seat, it may be a common issue.

alkemist 01-10-2010 05:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Torch_Vert (Post 6742834)
Thanks guys.

One thing to note regarding the seats on these cars if you have the side airbags. On my car the area on the side of the seats below the airbag label has always looked a bit lumpy, and you could feel the airbag housing against the seat upholstery.

When I was stripping the covers I found out why. The airbag resides in a pretty flimsy plastic casing with 3 plastic latches to keep it closed. On my car, which is extmely well cared for as far as the interior, all three latches on both sides were open, exposing the airbag fabric, and the loose lid of the housing was what one could feel on the side of the seat.

Fortunately neither airbag had come out of the back half of the housing, and I just relatched the covers, and added a couple rubber bands to each to keep them closed (I don't suspect a rubber band or two is going to slow an airbag designed to tear through the seat cover)

Just thought the issue was worth mentioning as since it was that way on both sides of my car including the fairly lightly used passenger seat, it may be a common issue.


I never really noticed it at a glance, but I'm going to take a look at it when I get my car back. I wonder if those latches loosen up over time or if it just came from the factory that way.

How long did it take to do all the seats?

Torch_Vert 01-10-2010 05:42 PM

I think the latches just come unpopped over time. The housings are REALLY cheap plastic (the stuff they make sandbox pails for kids from is the closest thing I can compare to. Just sitting in the seat on a hot day when the plastic is soft would probably be enough to open them.

Back seat was easy. Maybe 2 hours for both halves.

Passenger side seat was maybe 4.5-5 hours (mind you I'm doing seat heater at the same time).

Drivers side is up to about the same and is 80% done, but I'm knocking off for tonight. My arms ache, and it'll still be here tomorrow night to work on.

Torch_Vert 01-10-2010 05:46 PM

Another tip:

If your car has power lumbar support, make sure you retract it so the back of the seat is as thin as possible before disconnecting power and removing the seat from the car.

I had to jerry rig a power supply to activate the motor and retract it indoors (after VERY carefully triple checking that I had the lumbar connector and not the airbag connector...)

J to the C 01-10-2010 06:11 PM

Awesome. I am drooling.
 
Very nice.

CutterWolf 01-11-2010 10:19 AM

Very nice! I love my Katzkins!

whyask 01-11-2010 12:48 PM

wow whole car looks great ! And the seats will really set it off ! Good job man, i love the DIY projects that everyone is doing !

CKurello 01-11-2010 01:23 PM

Boner

Burrosito 01-11-2010 04:45 PM

Very nice, they're gonna look great with the top down. Make sure to post up some photos!

Torch_Vert 01-11-2010 05:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Burrosito (Post 6744966)
Very nice, they're gonna look great with the top down. Make sure to post up some photos!

Thanks, will do...

Torch_Vert 01-16-2010 03:55 PM

Just finished getting the interior back together. It was too cold today to put the top down, but here are a few shots. The leather still needs time and heat to smooth out fully, but in the meantime, things look really good imho, and the heat seaters work really nice:

http://torchvert.smugmug.com/Hellboy...14_zFiYz-M.jpg

http://torchvert.smugmug.com/Hellboy...95_NM9Nm-M.jpg

http://torchvert.smugmug.com/Hellboy...53_6PYqx-M.jpg

http://torchvert.smugmug.com/Hellboy...32_YS97m-M.jpg

CKurello 01-16-2010 04:12 PM

LOVE it man. good job. PS where did you get that red trim on your door panels?


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