I got my hog ring pliers (very nice...plus they came in a day with free shipping, can't complain) and I performed my first act of actual upholstery. Here are the steps I took to reupholster the headrests.
Thanks again - looks like a good solution. Based on the existing fastener, I think this guy will do the trick. I haven't removed the existing fastener to measure the diameter of the hole which appears to be 5mm, but it can always be enlarged to accept the 5mm shoulder.
While I'm waiting for my foam to arrive, I'm taking a look at the metal parts of the seats. As mentioned, I several of the metal 'teeth' snapped off as I unfolded them. Any advice on what to do to replace them or their function? I would love not to turn this into a welding project.
I'm back at it. And wrote a long preamble to my latest post only to loose it. So the short n sweet:
I put the seat bottom and back covers on and off a few times and think I have some good ideas at this point but could use any ideas you all have. I'll start with the more complicated bottoms.
Regarding tying the knots that tension the poles... I think zip ties are superior to nylon string, but they are difficult to use on the seat bottoms as they would have to be very long and would be harder to pass thru the thicker and come complex cushion. they are a no brainer for the seat back, which I'll post about later. Slip knot images and tips from this site: Andy's Most Useful Knots
The writeup starts with the reinstall because there is nothing special about taking the existing covers off besides not ripping the foam and retaining the 3 metal poles.
I'm working on the rear seat back and it seems that there are no pole pockets for the 4 wires that run "east west" across the seats. The old covers were pretty deteriorated but it did seem that there were some sorts of pole pockets in them. Did you all just run these pole thru the "north south" pole pockets, such that they are only supported at two points per rod?
r-mm, Yeah the back seats are a bit more of a hassle to re-cover than the front seats I found. Check out page 24 ,reply 349 on my "rusty gtv floorboards" thread in the restoration section (page2). You can see the steel wires run through the fabric east-west and north-south. My new seat covers didn't have the holes cut in the material so I had to do it myself. Just be careful when you're sliding the wires through that you don't pop out through the other side! That'll really make you burn.
It takes a bit of time but you're doing a great job so far and I know you'll be able to figure it out once you view the photos I took.
Good luck! and keep the photos coming. We all love photos!
Thanks Davey - I think I LITERALLY had the idea to revisit your post the same second you posted this. Glad you clarified that you did indeed replicate the factory setup. Although it does seem like a really odd setup compared to the propper E/W pole pockets found in the front seat covers...
There is a very long E/W rod on the top of the rear seat back. There looks to be a pole pocket in the appropriate place on the new searcovers - but it is a "blind" pocket that is sewn closed (i'm pointing at it). Did you have to cut an opening to insert the pole thru this hole?
PS there's a chance I reversed my directions ie the pole might be on the bottom of the seat back not the top...