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A little bit more done this morning.
My target was to try to separate the parts of the seat cushion so that I would end up with some material templates. This is what we started with:



I started at one end and started to unpick the stitches:



As you can see there is an awful lot of stitches, so it is a test of your patience and determination. But after about an hour, we were there:



On the reverse side you can now see where the comfort comes from - those four foam strips on the back of the Grey material:



So now we have our first three material templates...



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With the material now safely in my possession, it was time to get back to the door cards.



The old material were used as templates and the shape and size transposed across to the new material:





Next the stitched 'ribs' were marked out on the front face of each one:



Then it was time to cut the backing material out. This is iron on, so very easy!



And then cue domestic Goddess:



Tomorrow the sewing machine will be dragged out and set up with a colour matched thread... whats the worst that could happen?!
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Have a nice evening everyone
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So up bright and early as its a lovely day here in Braintree.
Out with the sewing machine and all threaded up with matching, well thread...
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My nerves were jangling a little to be honest, as I had never tried anything remotely like this ever before - oh well, get stuck in!
Here is the first of the two pieces of door card material with the three 'interest' stripes added:



As you can see the stitching is OK, but the material has got a little rucked in places. This was because the iron on backing had let go in a few places (perhaps the iron wasn't hot enough?) and moved out of position. Hence when the materials were fed under the needle they were trying to go in slightly different ways. I carried on regardless in the hope that I could iron out those rucks after I had finished.
After learning a valuable lesson on the first one, the second one turned out much better:



And on the back:



I am pleased to report that after ironing both, they now look the same from the front:



So far, so good!
Next job is to trim off the excess backing material, then glue these to the face of the door card. Then it will be final trimming, stapling around the returned edges on the back and cutting the holes required for the window window, handle and lock.
 

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More door card action this evening. It was now time to try to attach the center fabric to the card itself...
Firstly, I checked the old fabric and measured the distance from the bottom of the door card to the first (lowest) 'interest strip' - this was 195 mm. I then transposed the positions of all three stripes to both ends of the door cards. My thinking was that this should: a) make them look very similar to the originals and b) make it easier to set everything up again once the glue and staples started flying.
Here you can just about make out the Purple marks on the card itself below the stitching lines:



Happy with the basic position, I stapled one end to the card in three or four places. Then I folded the material back on itself and masked up the top vinyl and the bottom carpet:



Then it was out with the spray glue. Plenty of that went on to try to counteract the foam backing soaking it up before it had dried:



I then pulled the fabric taught and moved down the door card, ensuring that the stitching lined up with the marks at the opposite end of the door cards. I then spent a couple of minutes trying to smooth out the fabric as best I could.
After removing the masking tape, you start to get an idea of how they might look:



Next job is to do the final height trimming, cut out for the door pull, lock slider and the window. The the last thing to do is to add the 'slits' in the fabric that the chrome dividing strips need to pass through.
Slowly, slowly getting there...
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More door card fun this evening - I was determined to try to get one finished.
As the Passenger card was the first to be removed, I decided that was to be the one...
First job was to show off my new tools though - stronger needles and thread in preperation of the seat work (as I have to go through the plastic piping), a hog ring set (pliers and of course the rings themselves) and a mega sharp fabric knife for piercing the fabric for the tangs on the chrome strips etc





Anyway... first job was to cut the rectangles for the handle pull and lock slider. These were then tucked inside and stapled:



Then on to cutting the slots for the 'wood' strip retainer - then amazingly it fitted!



Next the bottom chrome material dividing strip. To make this easier, I copied the OEM way, which was to tuck the fabric it under the carpet, then piece it:



Then on with the strip...



Finally, some careful measuring and piercing with the fabric knife allowed me to fit the top chrome material dividing strip and we were done:



Admittedly there is still one or two small tidy up jobs to do, but I'm feeling pretty happy about it has turned out to be honest
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Thank you Gentlemen - much appreciated.
 

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This evening it was the turn of the Drivers side door card. Again there are one or two little bits to tidy up later in the week, but pretty much done now too:



Cheers all.
 

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This evening I have made a start on the base for the Passenger seat.
I decided that the obvious place to start was using the old fabric as templates for the new.
The old (with the new fabric roll at the top of the photo):



And after a bit of faffing about:



The next job will be to add the 'interest' stitch lines that run from front to back. These will continue the 'theme' across from the door cards.
 

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As some of you will know, Friday night is Archery night - but I couldnt resist doing a little bit on the Cav before I went.
I marked out the 3 x 'interest' stripes on the base of the Passenger seat:



Then out with my new favourite tool, the sewing machine to add the stitching:



Not too shabby I guess.
Have a nice evening everyone, I'm off out to shoot some arrows!
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This morning I decided that I would try to fit at least one of the new door cards. This was mainly because they were starting to get in the way in the garage a bit and I was worried that they might either get grubby or damaged.
The first job was to fit the retaining clips to the back. As you will see I did need some of the new ones that I had bought a few weeks back:



Before fitting I need to make a few additional holes in the center piece of stitched fabric. These were for the window winder shaft and the door handle retaining screws. Then it was time to get it on the car:



It fits pretty well considering I made it
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I think that the colours compliment the dashboard etc quite well too.
One side down, one to go....
 

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It took me half an hour to load up pages 44 and 45 on my rubbish work WiFi lol.

Worth it though, fantastic work, i'll be dumping my seats with you soon lol.
 

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A little bit more done before Dinner.
Drivers side door card, winder handle and pull handle fitted. This was a little bit more tricky as I struggled to make enough space due to the width of the car and my garage.



While I was out there I did some minor jobs on the back rest frame of the Passenger seat. First I relocated the head rest 'guide tubes' - I had popped these out when I dusted it with primer. Yes I know I don't have head rests and even if they got painted, nobody would ever know as they are hidden - but that's just me I suppose
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Then I glued a piece of foam back in place that lives at the base of the sprung area, near the seat 'hinge':



Then on the bar immediately behind that sits a strip of wadding, so that was also glued:



Have a nice evening everyone
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It took me half an hour to load up pages 44 and 45 on my rubbish work WiFi lol.

Worth it though, fantastic work, i'll be dumping my seats with you soon lol.
Thanks mate, really appreciate your kind words. (y)
 

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Thought I would try to do a little more on the Passenger seat base cover this evening. This consisted of capturing the foam strips in a sandwhich between the original Grey backing material and a piece of the 2 mm foam that I used on the door cards:



I stitched the three parts together to make the sandwich - rough, but effective lol



Then I wanted to stitch this to the fabric I had cut the other evening. My intention was to follow the three stitch 'interest' lines:



The first line went really well, then the sewing machine started playing up... I'm wondering if a) it isnt up to the thickness of material I was trying to run through it and b) I have now broken the mechanism - oops!
I managed to 'frigg' it enough to get the job done though:



As you can see, I ended up with a kind of padded/quilted effect - which I didn't quite expect, but when you stretch it out (as of course I will have to when I put the cover over the foam), you get a nice padded, comfortable effect - with the 'interest lines' clearly visible.
I have to say, I am very worried about the machine though - not sure what to do about that - I can feel a Youtube session coming on...
 

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Some more done on the Passenger seat base cover this evening.
Firstly I need to unpick some stitches that were retaining the bottom 'holding strip'. Basically, this added strength to the bottom of the vinyl that attached to the seat frame.





Some messing around later:



As you can see on the ends the vinyl is doubled up to provide strength and a neat edge for where it wraps around the hinge mechanism. So before I could use thisas a tempolate for my new vinyl, these stitches also have to come out... boring!



Finally I stitched the 'wings' to the center seat material:



Have a nice evening everyone.
 

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Last job this evening was to mark out and cut the seat base 'skirt' from the same colour vinyl as I used on the door cappings:



 

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Upon closer examination, the end reinforcements for the vinyl (see above) are actually seperate pieces stitched on rather than the turned over and stitched arrangement I had assumed. Here is one of the two different lengths:



So off I went to the garage to find a piece of vinyl that I was holding back for such an eventuality and marked out the replacements:



Later this evening I plan to cut these out and get them stitched in place.
 

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Well the two edge reinforcing pieces are on and they are strong - but pretty it most certainly is not...



Oh well, close one eye and squint the other and it looks fabulous
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