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Treat Your Car—and Yourself—to Leather Seats                                                                        PAGE 31!
By        tiM           sUDDarD

    Many British car owners focus on their cars’ paint and                When it’s time to address your seats, make sure to get
chrome, but what about the seats? Every minute of drive                new seat padding, plus new diaphragms to hold up the seat
time involves sitting on those seats—shouldn’t they be the             bottoms. You might also need a strap and clip set to sup-
best they can be?                                                      port the seat backs.
    Moss makes replacement seat covers with exact materi-                 Our project car is a 1969 Triumph TR6. We decided to
als, as well as upgraded leather kits. As part of an overall           replace the ill-fitting, worn-out, black vinyl seat covers with
restoration project, leather seats add little extra to the             Honey Tan leather to add comfort and style. In warm cli-
expense, but add far more in terms of sharp looks, a time-             mates, black vinyl isn’t the best choice for seating materials.
less smell, immense comfort and great satisfaction. New                Lighter colors don’t get as hot, and besides, nothing looks
leather seats can make you the envy of the whole gang at               cooler than tan leather with Laurel Green (essentially British
your next club event.                                                  Racing Green) paint. BM

 1.                                                                     2.
                                              You can tell the
                                              foam underneath our
                                              TR6 seat has disinte-
                                              grated since the seat
                                              cover no longer fits
                                              on the seat correctly.
                                              While this seat might
                                              not look that bad,
                                              the comfort factor
                                              in saggy, old seats
                                              doesn’t compare to
                                              restored seats.

                                              Ah, the look and
                                              smell of new leather
                                              seat covers. While
                                              the cost seems pric-
                                              ey, real leather only
                                              adds about $500
                                              more to the price of
                                              vinyl TR6 seat cov-
                                              ers. And they’ll last
                                              a long time.

 3.                                                                     4.

Start by taking your old seat apart. The back comes off first and     Flip the seat over, and knock off the clips that hold the seat bot-
then (on a ‘69 TR6) the headrest comes off with four screws.           tom and back covers in place.                                                                                British motoring                      23
      5.                                            6.                                            7.

     Remove the seat cushion material, straps     Begin reassembly by reinstalling the bot-   Brush glue onto the diaphragm to hold
     and the cardboard piece behind the head-      tom seat cushion diaphragm, followed by      the bottom cushion in place. Use brush-on
     rest. Once down to a bare frame, clean it     the seat back straps and the foam skirt      contact cement available at hardware, uphol-
     with a bead blast cabinet; a wire brush and   around the seat bottom.                      stery supply and building supply stores. Don’t
     elbow grease also does the job. Then give                                                  use spray glue; we found it doesn’t hold up
     the frame a fresh coat of paint.                                                           due to the heat and moisture inside a car.

         With the bottom                                                                       Tape the edges of the seat cover out of
     seat cushion in place,
       reattach the original
        seat hardware. The
                                 8.                            9.                               the way and glue the attachment cloth
                                                                                                pieces to the seat cushion. Make sure the
                                                                                                seat cover is centered correctly. Then put
      TR6 seat has springs                                                                      more glue over the attachment pieces to
         that clip from side                                                                    add more foam around the seat cushion.
        to side. Test the fit                                                                   Remember to always glue both sides and
         of the bottom seat                                                                     wait a few minutes for the glue to dry.

     Once the rest of the                                                                      Massage the seat bottom to smooth it
          seat foam is glued
       in place, un-tape the
       seat cover and wrap
                                 10.                           11.                              out and remove all the wrinkles.

         it down and around
            the seat cushion.
           Reinstall the clips
     that hold the seat bot-
         tom cover in place.

                                                                                     When finished,

      12.                                 13.                                        the seat should
                                                                                     look something like
                                                                                     this. You will not
                                                                                     believe how soft,
                                                                                     supportive and com-
                                                                                     fortable your newly
                                                                                     recovered leather
                                                                                     seats are.

                                                                                      Parts needed:
                                                                                      Qty.   Part No.               Part.
                                                                                       1     642-852    Honey Tan Seat Kit, 1969 TR6
     Next up is the seat back.
                                                                                       1     643-978    Seat Foam Kit (both seats)
     First, recover the area behind
     the headrest. If you have a 1969                                                  2     281-838    Diaphragm, seat cushion, with
     TR6, reinstall the headrest latch.                                                                 mounting hooks (per seat)
     From there, follow roughly the
                                                                                       2     681-138    Strap and Clip Set (per seat)
     same procedure as for the seat
     bottom, gluing on the seat back
     cushion and then attaching the
     seat cover with clips on the back
     of the seat.

24       British motoring	                                                                                         	        Spring 2010

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