The first picture is just the transformation, the before and after.
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Step 1: Design and Parts Needed
- Old Seats (Junkyard -40 bux for both)
- Foam (John Hancock Fabrics) (30 bux)
- Synthetic Leather Seat Covers (Took a big chunk but the quality was excellent) ($100 for each cover)
- Lots and lots of Spray Adhesive (Loctite & 3M) (~10 bux)
- Silicone Caulking (Idea didn't work) (10 bux)
- Spray Paint, Rust Remover, Associated Hardware (~20 bux)
Step 2: Dis-Assembly
Step 3: Recovering Existing Foam
Step 4: Top Cushion
Step 5: Bottom Cushion
I later found out that the new foam cutout doesn't have to be an exact replica as long as it's not too far off from the original. This helped speed up the process.
I had a major issue with the bottom cushions. I glued the pieces together and the seal broke apart after a few days. Thinking about and reading people's project, it dawned on me that 3M is probably a better option. Also, I fine tuned the foam so the contact surface will adhere to one another. I also provided a lot of tension during its "gluing" process. Basically, when the glue is super tacky on the surface, generally about 20 seconds after applying, that is the prime time to join two surfaces. In order to keep the tension at its maximum level, I wedged those pieces between a chair and a table. Hence, as the glue dried and it bonded very well. And yes, in my opinion 3M was the better option, it definitely adhered a lot better. I wish I had Gorilla Glue spray adhesive to try but oh well.
Step 6: Test Install
Step 7: Office Chair Stands
I measured the appropriate size for a piece of plywood underneath the frame, cut it, and drilled holes for it to attach to the frame of the seat as well as the chair stand (as seen below). I also got these wood inserts that will make the install much easier.
Step 8: Cleaning and Painting
Also I spray painted both pieces of plywood and retouched the base of both seats. I sanded the layer of rust from the frame and added a protective layer to stop any rust from developing on the frame.
Step 9: Final Assembly
Step 10: Conclusion
Links and Photos
Tony's Volvo Car Seats
Acrua DA Seat Foam Repair
Repad Seat Cushion from '69 Nova
The Daily Datsun Car Seat Restoration (Just Like Mine!)
Silicone Caulking Foam Repair (Good Luck!)