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Username Post: seat reinforcements?        (Topic#362581)
drew1987 
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09-15-20 07:10 AM - Post#2803503    

Hey all,

my seat is to squishy. I see a lot of people go to newer benches or buckets to correct this but I want my car to look and feel as original as possible inside. I was wondering if anyone has ever reinforced the springs or somehow "fixed" this problem. I am not overly large and neither is my wife. 150 and 135 respectively so its clearly a worn seat if it bothers us.

My only idea so for is to get a split bench from a modern car and basically make one solid seat from it and use high quality furniture foam to get the shape of the original, and then upholster it with the fabric from the old one. Seems like a lot of work; have to imagine there is a more direct fix...

open to ideas!

Thanks

Drew

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2blu52 
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09-15-20 07:44 AM - Post#2803505    
    In response to drew1987

Years ao I had the same problem with the seats in my Wagoneer, I had a friend in the upholstery business who did an easy fix using upholstery grade sting and tying the springs together, some of the original stuff had given up the ghost.

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RAM_51 
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09-15-20 08:30 AM - Post#2803506    
    In response to drew1987

You may wish to review this thread:

https://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb/showtopic.php?t...

Also I am reupholtering the seat in my '53 6500. Aside from just coil springs, they installed a grid of spring steel wires sewn into bulap and hog ringed over the coil springs. Maybe "old school" but I like replicating what was there to begin with. Most of the original burlap had disintegrated, and the wires rusted...but there was enough there to figure it out. You can see it in the image laying on top of the springs.

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rawaag 
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09-15-20 01:16 PM - Post#2803522    
    In response to drew1987

When I had the upholstery redone in my Chevy the front seat was like what you describe. The upholstery guy recommended having the springs retied and some heavy memory foam. It came out looking great and it's wearing well. I had it installed 8 years ago, and it shows no wear or sag. Good luck!

Ralph


 
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09-15-20 02:22 PM - Post#2803525    
    In response to rawaag

All the above is good advice. One thing more. They make "border wire" for the upholstery business as well as new "zig zag" springs.

The border wire is made of spring steel and will very effectively strengthen your springs when ised appropriately. Obviously, if any springs are broken they need to be repaired or replaced but that is common practice for any trimmer that knows his business.

John

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drew1987 
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09-16-20 06:17 AM - Post#2803564    
    In response to 40grit

Awesome thanks guys!

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GreatNorthWoods 
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09-16-20 06:48 AM - Post#2803566    
    In response to drew1987

It is amazing what upholstery guys can do with sagging springs. When I had mine done I told the guy I wanted to feel like I was sitting on a pillow so he added lots of foam. It is very comfortable.

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09-17-20 08:28 AM - Post#2803652    
    In response to drew1987

What I did for the sagging problem was to cut squares of foam and stuff the inside each springs. You can use a little or a lot depending on how hard you want the seat.



 


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