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Username Post: Front seat back "handles"        (Topic#354751)
dsacton 
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01-07-19 02:34 PM - Post#2756794    

Does anyone have a clue how to rebuild or replace the decorative rope-like things behind the front seat on some models? Mine is a '54 Bel Air 2-door. I have the vinyl, but the rubber is shot. This was the only item I did not get from Ciadella.

Thanks,



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2blu52 
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01-07-19 05:30 PM - Post#2756809    
    In response to dsacton

If you can find the right diameter of rubber stretch cord it is possible that you could use that for a core.

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dsacton 
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01-07-19 06:33 PM - Post#2756816    
    In response to 2blu52

Thanks for the suggestion. It looks like the originals used a plastic tube of sorts, with a chain in the middle. The difficulty is going to in sewing the vinyl into the tube. The originals are very high quality.



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Front seats


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Dean50 
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01-08-19 02:40 AM - Post#2756848    
    In response to dsacton

That looks real nice there, Scott.
P.S. I think those are called lap robe cords, for back seat passengers to hang their winter blankets. Too quaint.

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dsacton 
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01-08-19 07:58 PM - Post#2756925    
    In response to Dean50

Thanks!

The problem is the vinyl has to be cross-stitched together around a tight radius. I imagine they had a special machine to do this, lubricated the resulting sleeve, and slipped it over the inside, which is a rubber tube of some kind, with a chain in the middle. I know a local auto uphulstry place that I can check with.



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lap robe cord.


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1954 Chevy Bel Air 2-door
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RAM_51 
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01-08-19 09:24 PM - Post#2756934    
    In response to dsacton

This may give you an idea on how it was done...disregared the red and blue colored thread on the leather cover and imagine it all the same color. Of course the stitching would be spaced differently as well.


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1951 Fleetline
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 
dsacton 
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01-09-19 03:28 PM - Post#2756976    
    In response to RAM_51

It looks like the picture did not attach. Can you post this again? Thanks,



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1954 Chevy Bel Air 2-door
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RAM_51 
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01-09-19 06:12 PM - Post#2756985    
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  • dsacton Said:
It looks like the picture did not attach. Can you post this again? Thanks,


Sorry, it's not a photo...it's a video...I'll post the link.

LINK:
https://youtu.be/QO2l58TbxXc

1951 Fleetline
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 
dsacton 
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01-09-19 07:18 PM - Post#2756992    
    In response to RAM_51

Ah--that might work. Use a machine to sew a strip along each edge, then manually loop them together. It would take some patience, but I bet it would end up looking just fine. Thanks for posting the video!



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1954 Chevy Bel Air 2-door
http://www.my54chevy.com


 
SandDabMcSkeg 
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01-11-19 07:27 PM - Post#2757159    
    In response to dsacton

Does anyone know if these were ever used on station wagons?



 
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01-11-19 08:58 PM - Post#2757167    
    In response to SandDabMcSkeg

The only "factory" photos / illustrations I've been able to locate thus far have been on the 1953 210 Townsman & Handyman wagons and the 150 Handyman wagon. I would assume the 1954 models would have followed suit as even the upper trim level BelAir Station Wagon which was introduced that year did not have them. I don't think they were used in the '49 and '50 Station Wagons either...but not 100% sure. But at least for 1953 and 1954 it doesan't look like they were used in the wagons.



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1951 Fleetline
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 

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