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    Re: Upholstery ?!

    Yeh I am over the hill again. I thought you meant the back seat. Like John said there are 3 pieces of angle iron/tin on the floor of the trunk that some little screws go into and hold the cover.
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    Re: Upholstery ?!

    I almost can't wait to do my seats!

    I'd hate for them to get damaged waiting for me to get the rest of the car up to snuff though.
    I must keep telling myself, it's a journey, not a race...

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    Re: Upholstery ?!

    Steve and John,

    First, thanks for your replies -- and I apologize to you both for taking so long in acknowledging them. The holidays kept me out of the garage for quite a while.

    Anyhow... My question apparently was unclear. Sorry for that. I am talking about the panel that covers the fuel tank from the inside of the cockpit.

    Attached is a jpg file I created out of a composite of five images -- four from Skinner's site, and one from your post, John. If you look closely at the images, you will see a pattern: On the TR3s, no fastening screws are visible at the bottom of the cover panel; one the TR2s, a row of screws is visible. To complicate matters, the panel that Skinner sent for my TR3 has the little tab cutouts that you can see on the fifth image, which was taken from Skinner's TR3 panel kit illustration. I realize the cutouts go over the fuel tank straps; still, it is unclear whether I am supposed to put a set of screws along the bottom.

    I should perhaps query Skinner, which will be my next step. But, I wanted to acknowledge your kind replies by sending this note. Again, thank you.Rear Cover.jpg

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    Re: Upholstery ?!

    Ah...It's been a while, but I think the TR3 panel has 2 metal tabs which were attached to the backing board and hung down below the panel. These tabs screwed into the floor, and were then covered by the carpet. I will look for a pic...


    ...found it. This is one of the tabs shown hanging down and screwed to the sloped floor panel. Decent carpet would cover it, so it does not show.

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    Re: Upholstery ?!

    Hmmm. Okay, thanks, John. I will look for those and investigate further when back in the garage. At the moment, I am wrestling with the seat reupholstery in the basement, where it's warmer.

    Again, thank you.

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    Re: Upholstery ?!

    John,

    I am in awe of your ability to get the forward-most piping on the seat bottom perfectly aligned on the horizontal. I have exactly the same kit from Skinner (even the same color!) but was unable to get the piping so perfect. On the cushions of both seats, the piping dips down slightly at the front. It was a bear to get those leather covers pulled tight, particularly at the front!

    I also was surprised to see how much "excess" leather you have at the bottom of the seat cushions for attaching with the hog rings. Looks like you have a good 2 1/2 inches all the away around. Mine is maybe 1 1/2, yet the leather is pretty snug all around the seat.

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    Re: Upholstery ?!

    On my Skinner Kit panel that covers the fuel tank there are no tabs at the bottom just small reliefs for the tank strap bolts.

    Thinking I may have to add the tabs.

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    Re: Upholstery ?!

    I used the Moss kit on my TR3A, and it was the same way. The back plate was without tabs, so I had to transfer them over. It's been so long I don't remember if the tabs are held with rivets or small screws...maybe someone else remembers for sure?
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    Re: Upholstery ?!

    I was wondering if you have any insights or guidance on the folding seatback. Where or how is the cover affixed? Same kind of strip but pulled from the back?

    I'm working with two folding seats for now and think it goes one way, but then second guess myself.
    I must keep telling myself, it's a journey, not a race...

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    Re: Upholstery ?!

    I think one of the big 3 has a good instruction sheet for covering the seats on their site.

    There should be a tack strip on the inside of the seat back. Then the as far as I remember the outside (back of the seat) is pulled down and under the bottom edge and tacked to the strip followed by the inside (front of the seat) is tacked over the back material.

    I can get a photo if that has you confused. It is not easy to convey that kind of thing without photos.

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    Re: Upholstery ?!

    That's just what I thought, but wasnt sure.

    frsmes go into primer on Sunday. Thinking the rattle can one step gloss since it'll all be covered up. Not to mention painting them in my basement since it'll be under 60 degrees that day. High temp was 20 today.

    i spent a long time stripping and banging them back in shape. Welding washers in on Sunday too.

    i dont have the tack strips or rivets though. Not even old ones to pattern. The old vinyl had just been glued onto the bottom pan and was peeling off. If I can find the rivets locally I will fab them. TRF's kit is reasonable though, and comes with the rivets.
    I must keep telling myself, it's a journey, not a race...

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    Re: Upholstery ?!

    Several upholstery questions.

    In the draft excluder behind the door I noticed you have the ends neatly sown up. Did they come like that or do cut the rubber core down and sow the ends.
    The draft excluder in front of the doors is attached to a covered strip. Is that TR2 only? I Was trying to decide how that area went.

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    Re: Upholstery ?!

    You have to trim the inside hollow rubber piece (about 1/2") and then stuff the outer fuzzy part into the center of the rubber. So, allow the extra length for this. I didn't allow for this and wound up gluing some fuzz on top, which actually turned out looking quite good.

    Not sure what you mean by the second question, but the fuzzy seal in the front is handled the same as the back. There's also a rubber piece on the upper section of the cowl.
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    Re: Upholstery ?!

    Thank you.
    What I thought but it is nice to get confirmation.

    Earlier in this thread there is a photo where CJD is doing the front seals and there appears to be a thin strip that matches the contour of the door opening. He has attached the fuzzy seal to that strip then used that to finish the kick panel carpet.

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