seat and upholstery (seat cover) removal

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Re: seat and upholstery (seat cover) removal

Postby timsamp » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:46 pm

When you were putting the fabric back on the seats, did you use the same 2 million little metal pieces that you pulled off, or did you use something else, my seat covers are currently on round two in the washer and I was thinking about using heavy duty zip strips, any ideas?

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Re: seat and upholstery (seat cover) removal

Postby dlb » Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:23 am

hi TA. i reuse the hog's rings. to get the off, i pretty much just grab them with needle nose pliers and give em hell but putting them back on is a different story. before i put them in place, i use two pairs of needle nose pliers to bend them into a 'C' shape so that when they are in place i can just squeeze them with the pliers and the ends will wrap around each other. works pretty well, and i've gotten much faster at it with each time i've done the job. probably takes me half as long now as it did the first time. here's a thread on the last set i did. i think there is a bit more specific info on exactly how i cleaned mine, too.

www.tercel4wd.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=7776&p=57807
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Re: seat and upholstery (seat cover) removal

Postby timsamp » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:06 pm

Yeah my little rings were pretty bad, looks like maybe i can reuse 1/3 of them, I think I am going to have to try out the zip strip way, I will keep you guys updated on it! Thanks for the awesome thread!

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Re: seat and upholstery (seat cover) removal

Postby Petros » Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:00 pm

I think auto parts stores sell those clips, you can certainly get them at an upulstry supplier. They do not cost much at all. the kits in the auto parts stores come with a little set of pliers that have a deep groove in them to hold the clips snugly while you cinch them down. You couls also use tie wire, but be careful where the shape ends end up.
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Re: seat and upholstery (seat cover) removal

Postby borozinski » Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:47 am

Just thought I'd give my .02. I redid all the cloth interior in my xB with leather. I had the same metal rings that hold the fabric to the seat, I refer to them as hog rings. Anyways, I just put zip ties back in to replace them. I liked doing it that way for a couple reasons. One you can really cinch up the fabric and make it nice and tight. Two, when removing the hog rings I used dikes to clip them all. Faster than bending them out to reuse them. My hands were getting pretty sore though hahah, that's some pretty thick metal. Side note, I've had my leather installed for a year or two now and the zip ties hold up just fine. That is all... just trying to contribute.

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Re: seat and upholstery (seat cover) removal

Postby tercle » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:53 pm

Are the left and right seat bottom cushions interchangeable?

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Re: seat and upholstery (seat cover) removal

Postby dlb » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:32 pm

yes, the driver and passenger seat bottom cushions are interchangeable but IIRC, you have to keep the seat pan with correct seat frame. i think they bolt to the frame differently to accommodate the adjustment controls of the sr5 driver seat. it's been a while since i've had a seat apart.

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Re: seat and upholstery (seat cover) removal

Postby Petros » Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:07 pm

The fabric and foam part of the seat and back can be swapped left and right (I have done it, found really nice passenger's seats but needed a drivers seat, switched the cover and foam over). It is a lot of work to take the seat apart but sometimes that is the only way to get a good driver's seat. I also like to add some extra foam or padding in the lumbar area on the back, and the thigh area on the seat, when I have it apart. It makes for a more comfortable and firm drivers seat (which is usually soft and mushy anyway).
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Re: seat and upholstery (seat cover) removal

Postby marlinh » Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:49 pm

I decided to attempt to take apart the seats to make them more comfortable. I find the lumbar support terrible. Here is a link I found if anyone wants to bolster their seat with more foam. Gonna give it a try myself.

http://www.autospeed.com/cms/A_112927/article.html

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Re: seat and upholstery (seat cover) removal

Postby ARCHINSTL » Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:22 pm

marlinh - this link was a great addition to dlb's already-great thread!
I was gonna make it a sticky, but someone beat me to it!
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Re: seat and upholstery (seat cover) removal

Postby dlb » Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:48 pm

ditto tom's comment. that's an excellent article. i will definitely consider doing something similar, particularly the super simple extra lumbar support.

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Re: seat and upholstery (seat cover) removal

Postby Mad_Marx » Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:17 pm

Does anyone have a source for fabric that matches, or is close to the original Toyota Plaid from 83/84 ? Looking into re-upholstery for Terc II project and it would seem original Toyota fabric is unobtainium :(

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Re: seat and upholstery (seat cover) removal

Postby Petros » Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:32 am

you will never find fabric like that now, that style has been out of production 30+ years. You might find something that matches color at an upholstery supply place that stocks large inventory of mill ends and odd lots. I was just going to make leather seat covers that match the color only.
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Re: seat and upholstery (seat cover) removal

Postby Mad_Marx » Sun Jun 21, 2015 11:57 pm

Yeah, the only hope would be NOS parts find. I've been looking since I started on Terc II. I want to go plaid even though it's an 86. The quest continues....

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Re: seat and upholstery (seat cover) removal

Postby Mad_Marx » Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:10 pm

After two years of hunting a vintage upholstery broker found 5 yards of NOS Toyota Blue Plaid!
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