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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:



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Onwards!
 

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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...



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Houston we have a problem...
I was just examining the piping that goes on the backrest and saw this:





Ooops! To be honest, I cant believe that I never noticed this before. The chances of finding something that is an exact match to 40 year old piping seems unlikely, so I am hatching a plan. It goes something like:
  • clean it all up as well as possible
  • cut out the affected area
  • rob some 'good' piping from one end and try to graft that into the 'bad' area, using the inner clear pipe to make the joints.
  • buy something close and just put that on one end (which will be in the area of the seat hinge) and hopefully that wont be as visible.
All other ideas and suggestions gratefully received!
 

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I would go down the local scrap yard with a stanley knife. You never know what you might find.

Living in Canada the likelihood of me ever finding any parts for my car here are next to non so i have to improvise. I've managed to repair a few things on the 25, mostly using parts from old Honda and GM cars. The brakes on my 25 are pretty crap as its a single solid disc, unfortunately I never got round to doing an upgrade whilst the car was still in the UK. I'm hoping in the summer to find some calipers and vented discs from a Honda, I know it was a popular upgrade to go for the larger ZR160 brakes on some of the Honda Civics so i see no reason why it cant be done the other way round.
 

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Just Google car seat plastic piping cord (for upholstery and car trimming) will give you suppliers. There appears to be various diameters available. A YouTube video is here as well
 

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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 just finished. I just couldnt bear the thought of the back rest piping not matching the seat piping, it would just be a bodge.
So... my plan was to try to reuse the original somehow... It occured to me last night that maybe the paint I used on the door card carpets might be a close match, so this morning I dabbed some on to see. In the first photo, the paint is on the left - quite close, even when compared to the faded piping/original:



And here on side view, when compared to the original colour of the 'sewing flange':



This convinced me that I must try to save, repair and reuse the original painting it where necessary. Not only had the piping cracked and split, it looked like it had been discoloured Black by something. I tried scratching it off and scraping off a layer, but it almost looks burnt?! - very strange.
I decided to cut out the worst section, which was actually very short:





And then set about baring back one end:



This then allowed me to turn the good end around to meet the bared end. With a few dabs of super glue added to the internal piping, we have this:



There were approx. 6-8 much smaller cracks in the remaining blackened section (now at the seat hinge end of the piping), so these were treat with some more super glue to a) hold them together and b) fill the cracks up.
I will now leave everything to dry for a couple of hours and then give it all a dusting of Vauxhall Flame Red - fingers crossed
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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 stage of stitching things together, starting with the 'wedge/tension' strip that pushes up into the seat frame U's. As none of this will been seen I used a simple (not petty) loop type stitch and doubled up the thread for strength.



Now I am moving on to attaching the large Leatherette pieces together, gulp!
 

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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 worried about the stitching the profiles level, as these give the curved shape to the seat cover - but it wasn't too bad. Perhaps I am improving with my machine technique?
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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 tugs - nothing, more force was obviously required.
I came up with the idea of putting an adjustable spanner behind it and hitting that forward with a wedge of wood - a few clouts later and off it came:



As you can see, the arm itself has barbs on it that obviously bite into the plastic when it is pushed on.



A little victory, but they all count
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Got the side wings of the front panel stitched on this evening.

 

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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....
 

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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...
 
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