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Original construction of bucket seats

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    Whenever I get the chance, provided no further family disasters occur, I intend to recover my bucket seats... but before I do anything I wonder how the seats were put together. Are there layers of foam, cotton or what-have-you between the metal frame and the seat covers. Is the padding sewn into the cover or do foam need to be shaped before the covers go on.


    Jeff T.

    "I'm getting nowhere as fast as I can"
    The Replacements.
    \"I\'m getting nowhere as fast as I can\"
    The Replacements.

  • #2
    If you flip them over you will see that there is gunny sack over the springs, then shaped foam, then the cover which does have the standard thin layer of pleated foam stitched into it to form the pleats. The side "bolsters are formed of shaped foam. Phantom Interiors, a "Turning Wheels" advertiser, has the custom made covers.
    Studebakers Northwest
    Ferndale, WA
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner


    • #3
      I have covers too. My basic set is $290 "driver seat covers) that look factory, or the show set, made from factory pattens and exact for $450. Phantom is about double my show set price. Here's my driver covers pix not installed:


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      • #4
        Is the foam available for those who need it? My buckets and rear bench are trashed.

        Tom - Valrico, FL

        1964 Studebaker Daytona

        Tom - Bradenton, FL

        1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
        1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD


        • #5
          I should think that any good upholstery supplier or store that sells foam products should be able to assist you.

          John Clements
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          Lockleys South Australia
          John Clements
          Christchurch, New Zealand