In Part 1 of our seat restoration, we covered the teardown, provided an overview of the new parts, and began the reassembly of the ’77 T/A Custom (aka Deluxe) bucket seats. The parts needed for the project were sourced from YearOne and the skilled hands of Kurt Reiche and Gil Monge, owner of Gillin Custom Design, performed the labor employing their decades of experience.

These articles can provide HPP readers not only with the basics of re-covering this type of seat, but also some tips to make the process go easier and result in a more professional looking product. So let’s pick up where we left off last issue and complete the restoration of our T/A seats.

Careful application of heat via a heat gun removed unwanted wrinkles

Part Numbers and Pricing
Part PN Price Quantity Company
Repro seat foam, ’73-’77 Firebird Deluxe MV738P $291.98 per pair 1 YearOne
Repro seat covers, ’77 Firebird Custom CF477Z70 $339.99 per pair 1 YearOne
Repro seatback cover, ’73-’81 Firebird Deluxe BB738BLK $115.99 each 1 YearOne
Hog rings MG3997 $6.11 1 bag of 50 YearOne
Labor N/A $150 per seat 2 Gillin Custom Designs
All prices are current as of May 2013.

Conclusion

Here are a few things to remember when re-covering your seats.

Gil says: “Cheap seat covers and foam quickly become more expensive if they fit poorly and require more labor to fix. Customers often believe that they need seat covers but not foam. Any vintage seat will always need new foam. When ordering these parts, get them from one place—don’t mix and match products from different sources.

“It’s best to clean and paint all the metal parts and address all hardware issues while the seats are apart, because it will be way more expensive and labor intensive if you have to attempt repairs after the new covers are on.

“Get professional-quality hog-ring pliers like we used in this story. Don’t use the small ones that come with some seat reupholstery kits—your hands will thank you.” (We already had a set from Eastwood (PN 50397) from a previous project.)

“Don’t skip any steps in the process, as all are important. You will see the shortcuts in the final product.”

Even though there are a lot of steps, re-covering your seats is not an overly difficult endeavor. Having patience, the right tools, and high-quality reproduction foam and covers will make the project go much smoother.

SOURCE
Year One
PO Box 129
Tucker
GA  30085
800-932-7663
770-496-1949
http://www.yearone.com
Gillin Custom Design
75 Wisener Ave
Middletown
NY  10940
845-857-2734
www.gillincustomdesign.com