Now, we’re moving to the big league! Fancy seats with motors and heated bum sections. Dot will explain:
Our friend Donna wanted her Saab seats reupholstered and asked if I would like to have a go at it. I said I would give it a try and she said she wanted to do it in leather. I thought to myself ..leather..hmmm I have only made two sets of seats both using vinyl. How hard can it be, after all I have my trusted walking foot sewing machine. So I said should be easy after the long bench seats I did.
First you undo this screw
Well, Dave brought the seats home and I stared in horror at the mechanisms and wires. What have we gotten ourselves into!
Then undo this ine
Undo the elastic fastener for the seat back and remember where all the wires go
Remember those wires
The yellow plug placement was noteworthy and required its own picture (we have to put this back together!)
This steel plate is held onto the seat chassis with 2 big bolts and 2 small screws. The seat top is held on by plastic rails.
The cover is held onto the bottom wire frame with hog rings that have to be cut away
Another hog ring
Wires in the seat covering that are fastened with the hog rings
______The handbook calls the wire “listing”. I have to remember to sew these pieces of white nylon fabric. This is what attaches the cover to the foam. I will reuse these.
Rear cover opened – remember to put the grey piece back later.
Unhook the bottom springs (2) from the seat back
______You need brute strength to unhook the springs. I only cut and sew ..here’s hoping Dave can put these baby together later!
Remove this spring and the one on the opposite side.
You don’t have to remove the backing wire frame held by 4 springs (1 shown)
Cut hog rings holding the rear wire frame to the cover wire frame
You don’t have to remove these 3 S clips, but underneath them ar 3 more hog rings going through the seat that have to be cut. These were extremely hard to get at- & even harder to re-install (these took ~ 10 mins out & 30 mins in)
______Like I said, brute strength is a requirement in seat installations.
Padding comes off the seat frame
Naked seat frame
Final 3 hog rings to cut
______Ahh, I guess I take over from here. The driver side seat cover is pretty much destroyed, so Dave had to dismantle the passenger side seat bottom so I could make an accurate template.
Taking apart the seat mechanisms took Dave two hours!
separated seat bottom
I unpicked the stitching from the old covers and traced the different sections onto paper, pressing the seams down while I traced.
nuts, bolts, springs etc that hold a seat together – did you remember where they all go?
Even so, later on Dave would ask me where is that “s”clip .We are missing one!
The foam is attached to the cover by the listing wire and hog rings and then placed on top of this metal frame. It is then screwed onto the chassis. The cover will then be wrapped around the metal frame edges by plastic retainers that required pushing and tugging and brute strength.
For the back hoe seats, the metal frame had a full metal back instead of a hole like this Saab one. It was a bear to hook the listing to the metal frame for the back hoe.
Seat chassis with motors, wires etc
Seat back covering -inside out
For the seat back, we only replaced the front part which is shown inside out. We kept the back covers because it looked in good condition – that part with the two holes for the headrest.
Foam seat back padding
Seat back rear showing the fidly bits
I’m not taking the second seat apart as I’ll use it as a reference to re-assemble the first one
Good idea to keep one as a sample.
Dot making the component templates
Trace trace trace…as accurate as possible.
Marking out templates
that was a big cow
Hey, you calling me a big fat cow??!! I thought you loved me…just kidding.
Yes, holy cow, I have never seen such big hide before!
Small brown cow
Marking out with template
Foam padding stitched to leather being trimmed
We decided not to spray glue the leather pieces onto the scrim (foam). We checked the old covers and they were just sewn around the edges and that’s what I did. I roughly cut the foam, sew close to the edges and then trim them.
These 5 pieces will make a seat back
We suggested that it would look nice to have two tone leather seat covers.
Partially sewn seat back
last panel sewing
Without this heavy duty walking foot sewing machine it would be impossible to sew double layer foam and leather pieces.
This foots walking
Foam side after stitching together
Sew the front to the back – not so easy
____After I attached the new front covers to the backing (old cover), I had to do a row of top stitching and that was pretty challenging.
Get it on that naked seat back
Lots of tugging and grunting and pulling to put the covers back onto the seat back.
All dressed up.
Putting in hog rings on the seatbottom
Checking the Metal frame positioning
Loading a hog ring
Hog ring that seat
Squeezing in a hog ring
_________The plastic retainer that attached the cover to the edge of the metal frame is the dark piece near Dave’s hand. We saved this piece from the old covers.
Seat bottom covered
And the front
Screw it back onto the frame
Back & bottom come together
Before and after
HOPE THE CUSTOMER IS HAPPY WITH HER SEATS!