SE6a seat rebuild

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Re: SE6a seat rebuild

Post by Gemini Bob » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:02 pm

No buttons?


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Re: SE6a seat rebuild

Post by AJL Electronics » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:08 pm

Nope. Buttons are last item to be installed.


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Re: SE6a seat rebuild

Post by zeb » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:15 pm

Looks like you have stitching down the centre of the seat, front to back and there shouldnt be. This is brilliant work, I reckon you could give up your day job and do this kind of stuff full time, the workmanship is superb!



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Re: SE6a seat rebuild

Post by AJL Electronics » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:28 pm

Nearly right. There are two runs of stitching missing, either side of the "box". Bit of a pain to do it now, but should be OK. The other part I have not shown is the "pull" at the back of the cover. This is the material that is pulled tight and clipped around the frame. I am using Calico for that.


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Re: SE6a seat rebuild

Post by philhoward » Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:26 pm

Not ever having had a 6/a/b, I've no idea (without going picture hunting and playing spot the difference)!

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Re: SE6a seat rebuild

Post by dickllewellyn » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:13 am

Have you ever considered a commercial venture into seat trimming?
Those results look awesome. I would happily send my seats to someone with such a portfolio!



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Re: SE6a seat rebuild

Post by Terry H » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:54 am

Better Idea would be too cost doing seat covers in leather. For us lesser mortals to fit ourselves.
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Re: SE6a seat rebuild

Post by AJL Electronics » Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:33 am

I appreciate I am in the minority, but I prefer not to share the cabin with a corpse. :-)


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Re: SE6a seat rebuild

Post by AJL Electronics » Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:44 am

Vague costings off the top of my head.

Labour per seat, about a day and a half at the rate I work. Materials, depend on the cost per metre. Tweeds etc are up to about £30 per metre. No idea what corpse costs. Then the vinyl is about £15 per metre, plus another £10 per metre for foam. All in all, I think it would be cheaper to have a professional do the work in half the time and less cost. My estimate is that these are costing me about £300 per seat position. The bonus is that I am aquiring some knowledge and hopefully some skill. I can also do them the way I want, rather than a pre-made standard product.


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Re: SE6a seat rebuild

Post by AJL Electronics » Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:26 pm

Trial fit of the seat cover squab....
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Skirt clipped with mini bulldog clips.
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Centre pulls glued into position and button cords threaded through the material and slots.
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Re: SE6a seat rebuild

Post by AJL Electronics » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:19 am

Two more pictures. The seat cover has been fitted with the correct clips and finished with the buttons. One mod I have done is to pull the spare material from under the brackets through and clip it taut.
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Re: SE6a seat rebuild

Post by Roxyone » Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:41 am

Brilliant job!

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Re: SE6a seat rebuild

Post by AJL Electronics » Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:58 pm

Progress so far, just the rears to do now, then moving on to headlining etc. Undecided on interior trim colour. Blue as per the console or black?
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Re: SE6a seat rebuild

Post by Gemini Bob » Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:11 pm

They look excellent, I cant wait to see it finished.


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Re: SE6a seat rebuild

Post by AJL Electronics » Mon May 02, 2011 8:15 pm

Building the seat back...

The back consists of the following parts:

1) Centre section ( Don't forget the Calico pulls stitched onto the back)
2) Bolster left
3) Bolster right
4) Tail piece
5) Lower bolster infills
6) Vinyl back
7) Vinyl surround with pockets.

Here are the components for the front..
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They are stitched together with normal seams for the bolsters and felled seams for the tailpiece and infills.
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Then the vinyl surround can be stitched on. There is an interesting assembly sequence for the pockets. I have had a lot of frustration trying to understand this. Finally I think I have worked it out and this picture shows the order of assembly, more for my benefit than anything else.

The image should be here but I am getting upload errors.. It was not possible to determine the dimensions of the image.


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