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  1. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    Today's job was to add the piping. Due to the thickness of the piping 'flange' this had to be done by hand using the toriginal thread holes as a guide. I now look forward to the 'big stitch' - i.e. joining the front and back together...
  2. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    Added the funny 'finger' pieces you can see at the bottom corners this evening. They are really tricky little sods to attach as they stitch to several parts, but on an arc - not nice to do. Oh well, all done now... Next job is to attach the piping - then its stitch the front and back together....
  3. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    Got the side wings of the front panel stitched on this evening.
  4. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    Just completed a small fill in job, but one that I haven't particularly been l;looking forward to - removing the lever knob for the backrest. As it turns out, it wasn't too bad. After having been told that it would pull off, I sprayed some WD40 on the connecting point and gave it a few mighty...
  5. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    Well that actually went surprising well. Both of the Leatherette 'wings are now connected to the main back piece. I am also pleased to added that I used a tip passed on by a member of the OMOC - which is to add a dab of glue on the ends of the stitching - just in case... I was desperately...
  6. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    A little more done on the Passenger seat backrest this morning. The repaired and painted piping has now dried and seems to be OK. The colour is a little 'off', I think I will just about get away with using it. Here it is offered up to the original used on the seat base: I am now at the...
  7. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    Thanks for the suggestions and pointers chaps - greatly appreciated. I have spent the last few days pondering this problem and exploring a few different ideas and option. I keep coming back to the same problem though - trying to match the piping that is on the seat base, which of course I have...
  8. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    This evening I have been adding the padding to the backrest. Its not at all pretty from the back, but it will never be seen... Have a nice evening everyone.
  9. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    Onwards!
  10. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    Started stitching some of the Passenger seat backrest parts together this evening: Needless to say, the Boss was in attendance too:
  11. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    Not too much done today as it is Mrs Mc's Birthday today - so we have been pretty busy with all the usual treats I did manage to squeeze in a couple of quick jobs though: 1) The 'interest' lines were added to the main fabric of the backrest: 2) The piece of Leatherette that attaches to the...
  12. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    And so (or should that be sew ) it begins. Some final marking out of stitch lines etc. I hadn't realised until a short time ago that the top parts of the seat are slightly curved where they come together. Its obvious when you think about it due to the curvature of the seat and the bolster areas...
  13. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    Just finished marking and cutting out the fabric for the Passenger seat backrest: So that means that this weekend we can make a start on stitching it all together.
  14. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    Only a small update this evening. I used the old vinyl pieces as templates for the new items to be cut from Leatherette: Its pretty tough trying to hold things flat that have been bent double for 40 years I can tell you. Pegs are my new best friend Tomorrow evening I hope to get the fabric...
  15. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    Last nights little job was to try to strip down the Passenger seat back rest cover. We started with this: Then a few hours with the seam ripping tool and we now have this pile of junk - err, sorry I mean templates Onwards!
  16. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    A late night tonight. However, I did manage to get all the sewing finished on the Passenger seat base: With that done, there was really only one thing to do - see if it fitted... First job was to lay the old wadding over the top of the seat foam, then attach the upper hog rings. These sit...
  17. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    Well I am now knee deep in the big final stitch - joining the fabric base of the with the Leatherette skirt. Even though it looks OK so far I have been plagued with problems. I think that my machine is right on the edge of its capability and that even with a Leather sewing needle fitted. I have...
  18. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    I have already done one or two 'sympathetic enjoyment upgrades' as I have gone along. For example I retrofitted electronic ignition (replacing the ignition points), but nothing that cant be returned to factory later. I have also added some sound deadening in places that you cant see. My plan is...
  19. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    Thanks mate - much appreciated. This is the reason why my F is away in storage hibernating.
  20. Restoration of a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GLS Coupe

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    After thinking about this job a bit more, I decided that I could probably do it in two bits - so that's my plan. First job - try and stitch the piping and the Leatherette 'skirt' together: Mission accomplished - so far, so good! Now to try to attach the 'skirt' with piping to the main base...
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