CAR This is not a milk thread. I have owned my '74 Eldorado convertible for 2 years now but it's time for a build thread

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Since the bottom cushion fit, next up was repair the seat back plate. Someone tried to remove the back seat without unbolting or knowing how it came out at all and really damaged the shell. It's made of chip board so repairing it was not terribly hard. Here is the damage:

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I made metal reinforcing plates and fiberglassed and riveted the plates to the board. There are plates on both sides so the metal sandwiches the damaged areas.

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Next I cut the seat back foam the same way I cut the seat bottom foam. It did not have any metal rods in it though so I did not have to deal with that.

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I had already made the drivers side seat cushion also and I then test fitted the cut seat back foam.

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Since the rear cushion frame was not designed for two individual cushions, I had to add something to attach the inside edge of the upholster to. I added a rod to the back of the frame and cut holes that would allow me to hog ring the edge of the upholstery to the frame.

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I also notched out the top of the frame for the trim that I will make that goes between the two seat back cushions. Here is a teat fit of the rear frame.

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I then built the first seat back cushion. It was built the same as the bottom so I did not take many pics. Here is the denim backer with it's layout marks.

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And here is the finished cushion.

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Next was to make the buttons for the cushions. I bought a button kit that worked surprisingly well.

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Buttons, the fresh maker!

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The buttons are attached to the cushions using a giant needle pushed all the way though the cushion.

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You tie them off on the rear so they can't pop off.

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And then you have a button!

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I put the buttons in the seat back, put the seat back on the frame and then put it all in the car.

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I then attached the console to the floor and put the other seat bottom in.

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Weapon X

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GODDAMNIT, what the fuck am I doing with my life? The only experience I have with seats is sitting on them.
 
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cowboyrps13

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Amazing work with the upholstery. Another area that I don't have the patience/give two shits about learning.
 
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cowboyrps13

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Upholstery is one of those things that if you don't have the right tools, it is virtually impossible to do with any success.
I learned to sew in 7th grade. I made a pillow which I still have today. That's about where my interest in having any of those tools stopped.

I happily buy anything I need to do mechanical work though.
 
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Jay

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I love these threads. I understand less than half of what's written but I enjoy the read through :coold:
 
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