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In 1998 I bought a Triumph Herald 13/60, here you can read about it's restoration and share in a few photo's from it's travels. Please feel free to leave comments to any of the posts, of even email me if you want to.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Seat Refurbishment

The front seats in the Herald were in desperate need of a refurb, particularly the passenger side which had a couple of chunks of vinyl completely missing, and despite a new rubber diaphragm being fitted early last year the base was very saggy.

The reason for the saggy base was evident, the 'new' diaphragm had ripped through the clips in several places, more poor quality repro' parts!

I remembered reading an article on the TSSC Devon website, this detailed an alternative method using Pirelli webbing. Not wanting to spend another £25.00 on something that won't last I thought I'd give it a try. For less than one of the rubber diaphragms above, I bought enough webbing and clips to do both front seats.

As the cover of my original seats were ripped and beyond repair, and not wanting to pay for a new recovering kit, I bought 2 used seats from a seller in St. Austell via Ebay. The auction didn't mention the colour, but they looked black in the photos....who said the camera never lies? When I arrived, they were very blue!

I wasn't too worried about this as the vinyl was in good shape, which was the most important thing, and I have sprayed seats before to change their colour with good results. I bought what was needed from Woolies Trim, a vinyl paint that penetrates the surface, which should prevent the old colour wearing through.

First job was to strip the seat covers to see what shape the frame was in....not so good as the lower side rail was very bent, it also needed welding in a couple of areas.

10 minutes with a hammer & dolly, a further 5 minutes with the Mig welder & grinder and it was looking much better.

With new foam for the base held in with contact adhesive, the squab was still in good shape so it stayed on, I fitted the painted seat covers.

The end result was a vast improvement. The black is a bit shiny, but I'm hoping that will dull a bit once the sun gets to it.

Altogether this was probably 4~5 hours work, it could have been longer if I had decided to repaint the seat frame, but I chose not to as much of it is not visible, and I just wanted to get the seat back in.

I now just have to do the whole this again for the other front seat.

1 comment:

Darren said...

What a car! Great work you have done there also. I would like an old Escort mexico, dont make cars like they used too!