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Milaca
03-12-2017, 02:48 PM
Received seat covers and a center console cover from Will of Starlight Studebaker last week. I am very pleased, the covers look great! I basically just wanted to share a photo of them.
This is for a 1963 Daytona hardtop project that I purchased from Merv Mundorf of Colorado, about four or five years ago. I may try to install them myself as I've purchased hog rings and a hog ring plier. Any installation advice?

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/qkTt3vujQv8AouSHx7mY36Krn2kjYV7yBUAl4C8t1AnMGQdUcDxks8nDt9pB-cpmabA0H0zYzOELmIFPXSDwDIeWncJDbHK8_gwv9K2v0wlYCgxObE99jBePyiosX3jmImTsCdA7k14HC zRmEnh3wH9wqQQtJiVnTGC4dxEHDUyIuCXj0m4k7d9dFmIxJWUCUdDHKN5PomF2dMC9KFcIUjj08mmLC MKLMnYA_wQvbUsm2f78LJSyKrL8vL0UDCEi0KZptAzr3YURU_6BjBWcCB23s5-rCMMRu0ZG86eiiraAgWNLM8GDtXdSAwiiIr7c3x8KpeZj-PUWv2ZShQ2YlG9rG8_LJGPILSXOXyTv_lCHyjVWPY3PbFItqv2sWzxGxLApUru0PG9CwyRdYQj9PR8l6 w2bdnRb6jy0lv2EXda6WFTLCXqKGYTPetzu_mmmcvx1WiTfGSI5BF1CyppS-OY5Db_TCsRFlNekCqELKumQ0KLyDKTQXOPx9t5vtrucp6gDBTECpkKPRAhYq3vRGXGme_ez0EYcng6-2DVQt3l6Q68j1939K4M0cfmU5ilLGPbkbtPzxDTT0j0kWix0hAhTTpc2nh81t7QQSC1Lr9O1Q4BxOtK-y0UCr3fxvvpCMnaAjwTCSVSVzunUX0A2l3f9UE_mmecHZiaP-y-k2A=w1658-h934-no

Here is a link to the photo in case it doesn't appear. https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPd9qnBmO6YZuI9xdmzIVbzP7vrWEfh6Z-opeiBnA6_aAtqODHk9ID6TTEYmQm8CQ/photo/AF1QipP9IIWtzDb0FF8G6awSVp1E-VDXKXsJdI27SL0A?key=d3NkMEYtN19OS0lscVVwSFFUZnppVDdUcnNYdFdB

Warren Webb
03-12-2017, 03:54 PM
Sweet! I should call Will & see if he has the same color for my Cruiser w/ split bench front seat & maybe even the seats for the 59 wagon! (I can dream for the wagon stuff can't I?)

57pack
03-12-2017, 04:05 PM
Love the Lark bird emblem embossed in the rear seat back.
I purchased an interior for my 1963 Wagonaire from Newman & Altman many years ago. And purchased an interior for my 64-5 Wagonaire from Will last year. Only advice I can offer is to place them in the sun and warm them up so they will go on easier.

61Lark
03-12-2017, 09:04 PM
I attempted to install my own seat covers on front buckets of my 64 Daytona, which look like similar material to the covers you have. After three hours of trying to fit one of the top covers I gave in and called a local upholstery shop. Thread Baron in Andover installed the covers on my two buckets for around $350 and it took him less than two weeks to do the four buckets seats that I brought him. The gentleman that did the work has been in the upholstery business for quite a while and said that those were the toughest covers that he has ever installed. I was pretty happy with the result.

Nick

sals54
03-12-2017, 09:36 PM
I attempted to install my own seat covers on front buckets of my 64 Daytona, which look like similar material to the covers you have. After three hours of trying to fit one of the top covers I gave in and called a local upholstery shop. Thread Baron in Andover installed the covers on my two buckets for around $350 and it took him less than two weeks to do the four buckets seats that I brought him. The gentleman that did the work has been in the upholstery business for quite a while and said that those were the toughest covers that he has ever installed. I was pretty happy with the result.

Nick

Yeah..... After spending this much time and money preparing for the installation.... Remember that the only thing you see on the finished product is the paint and the upholstery. It should be done right.

Lou Van Anne
03-12-2017, 10:26 PM
Installation (based on my abilities) advice: hire a professional.
Received seat covers and a center console cover from Will of Starlight Studebaker last week. I am very pleased, the covers look great! I basically just wanted to share a photo of them.
This is for a 1963 Daytona hardtop project that I purchased from Merv Mundorf of Colorado, about four or five years ago. I may try to install them myself as I've purchased hog rings and a hog ring plier. Any installation advice?

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/qkTt3vujQv8AouSHx7mY36Krn2kjYV7yBUAl4C8t1AnMGQdUcDxks8nDt9pB-cpmabA0H0zYzOELmIFPXSDwDIeWncJDbHK8_gwv9K2v0wlYCgxObE99jBePyiosX3jmImTsCdA7k14HC zRmEnh3wH9wqQQtJiVnTGC4dxEHDUyIuCXj0m4k7d9dFmIxJWUCUdDHKN5PomF2dMC9KFcIUjj08mmLC MKLMnYA_wQvbUsm2f78LJSyKrL8vL0UDCEi0KZptAzr3YURU_6BjBWcCB23s5-rCMMRu0ZG86eiiraAgWNLM8GDtXdSAwiiIr7c3x8KpeZj-PUWv2ZShQ2YlG9rG8_LJGPILSXOXyTv_lCHyjVWPY3PbFItqv2sWzxGxLApUru0PG9CwyRdYQj9PR8l6 w2bdnRb6jy0lv2EXda6WFTLCXqKGYTPetzu_mmmcvx1WiTfGSI5BF1CyppS-OY5Db_TCsRFlNekCqELKumQ0KLyDKTQXOPx9t5vtrucp6gDBTECpkKPRAhYq3vRGXGme_ez0EYcng6-2DVQt3l6Q68j1939K4M0cfmU5ilLGPbkbtPzxDTT0j0kWix0hAhTTpc2nh81t7QQSC1Lr9O1Q4BxOtK-y0UCr3fxvvpCMnaAjwTCSVSVzunUX0A2l3f9UE_mmecHZiaP-y-k2A=w1658-h934-no

Here is a link to the photo in case it doesn't appear. https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPd9qnBmO6YZuI9xdmzIVbzP7vrWEfh6Z-opeiBnA6_aAtqODHk9ID6TTEYmQm8CQ/photo/AF1QipP9IIWtzDb0FF8G6awSVp1E-VDXKXsJdI27SL0A?key=d3NkMEYtN19OS0lscVVwSFFUZnppVDdUcnNYdFdB

57pack
03-12-2017, 10:32 PM
They are definitely a tight fit.
Seem to remember the 63 being tighter than the 64.
I also took my 63 seats and NOS covers to my local upholstery shop.
After a bit he called me to come pick them up as he couldn't get them on.
I don't think he tried very hard to be honest.
I waited for a warm day and placed the covers in the sun for a while.
They became much more pliable and I was able to do it myself.

kamzack
03-12-2017, 11:09 PM
Was told once long ago to put a garbage over the seat back or bucket uprights. makes it easier to slip on, then pull or tear plastic out.
Kim

TWChamp
03-13-2017, 06:49 AM
Was told once long ago to put a garbage over the seat back or bucket uprights. makes it easier to slip on, then pull or tear plastic out.
Kim

Yep, that's exactly how the Model A upholstery lady told us to do it if we want to do our own.

jackb
03-13-2017, 07:44 AM
go to a pro.... you might be sorry if you don't. think about it: 60 year old vinyl ?

merv
03-13-2017, 01:08 PM
glad to see you are doing something with that very nice daytona. have you done anything with the trucks?
merv

abkco
03-13-2017, 08:46 PM
I couldn't be happier with the complete set I get from Starlight, (Will) for my 65 Cruiser. Just arrived over the weekend. Split bench seats, rear seat, door panels, pillar and post boards, headrests, and more. Unbelievable beauty. I felt in a time warp. There is nothing nicer than having a great interior to complement the car.

mbstude
03-13-2017, 08:57 PM
Looks good! I'm picking up a NOS seat cover set in red for my '59 truck from Will in May. We Stude guys are lucky in that SO MANY factory NOS parts are available for our cars and trucks.

Milaca
03-13-2017, 10:31 PM
glad to see you are doing something with that very nice daytona. have you done anything with the trucks?
merv

Hi Merv,
I've been busy with the Daytona, engine rebuilding, brakes, etc. As for the Champs, I drove the rollover Champ into my shed and parked it and the other is parked on my lawn. I hope to have the Daytona in South Bend this spring for the big meet, but I have a long way to go. Do you plan to attend the meet?

merv
03-15-2017, 02:00 PM
i don't think i will make south bend this year maybe someday though
merv

Bill Pressler
03-15-2017, 04:52 PM
I always liked Studebaker '63 "tan vinyl", not often seen it seems. And I also like the white inserts, although my '63 Daytona Hardtop had red interior with matching inserts. I always wished it had white inserts.

When I got NOS upholstery from Newman and Altman, a local upholstery shop told me they couldn't get them on--that the back seat panels must be for a convertible. I took them to the fellow who was doing the body restoration, Craig Piper, and he said, "I'll get them to work". He left them out in the sun on a hot day and got them on. :)

RadioRoy
03-15-2017, 05:30 PM
Here's how I have done it.

Wait until the outside temperature is stinking hot and work in the direct sunlight. Set the covers in the sun. Use a sturdy table, or on a large piece of cardboard on the ground.

The front seat cushion is probably either crumbling, or will crumble a week after you put the new seats on. Upholstery shops sell a heavy foam piece called a topper. You can choose thicknesses. Generally 1 or 2 inches will do. Before covering the seat bottom cushion, take a sturdy piece of carpeting and hog ring it to the springs, then the topper, then the seat cover.

Milaca
03-15-2017, 08:17 PM
What tools work best for sculpting new seat foam? Has anyone ever purchased two-component urethane and formed/molded a new seat cushion?
Thank you all for the tips thus far.

nebraska stude
03-15-2017, 11:11 PM
Carving foam is easy with an electric carving knife, the kind with two blades.