GTE Front Seat Upholstery

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GTE Front Seat Upholstery

Post by akfordman » 09 Jan 2017, 15:34

Continuing my march towards restoring the GTE, I'm now seeking experience with front seat re-upholstery. Both of mine are not repairable, with the comfortweave and side panels on the seat bottoms pretty well trashed.

The interior color is dark blue, XR7, vinyl with comfortweave inserts and two-post factory headrests. I've mostly restored the headrests, but my understanding that's a rare option to accommodate and the combo of comfortweave & headrest means even few choices.

anybody have any positive/negative experiences I can look into or shy away from. Before/if any says Ken's Cougars, don't bother :wall: .

Thanks in advance,

Joe.

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Re: GTE Front Seat Upholstery

Post by Don Rush » 09 Jan 2017, 16:08

Start with locating the comfort weave, blue will be a challenge. Try SMS in Canby OR and do not expect return phone calls or good service...

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Re: GTE Front Seat Upholstery

Post by akfordman » 09 Jan 2017, 16:56

Don, do you carry or can order such an animal? I had contacted the vendor <distintiveindustries.com> directly and it seemed like they had dark blue and comfortweave, but they only deal with retailers. I didn't see dark blue as an option on your site, but figured it was hard to put all variations up.

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Re: GTE Front Seat Upholstery

Post by akfordman » 10 Jan 2017, 12:49

Thanks Don,

Seems like SMS has both the Cloth comfortweave Inserts.
1968
Mercury
Cougar GT
2-Door Hardtop
8B
Dark Blue
68-80119

and the Dark Blue Vinyl
1968
Mercury
Cougar GT
2-Door Hardtop
8B
Dark Blue
L-3403

I've ordered samples to see how close they are. guess I might have to engage my hugely talented wife & seamstress unless someone now offers up a really good upholsterer to do the work, assuming the materials are a fit.

Still looking for you, Don, to offer it up as a service :)

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Re: GTE Front Seat Upholstery

Post by 427XR7 » 11 Jan 2017, 17:56

Have SMS make the covers for you. Send them your old ones so they are sure to get it right. I did this (with them) for a 67 Comet Caliente. They nailed it. Another friend had a complete 64 Galaxie interior manufactured by them. It is perfect. I can't say enough nice things about their work. The bench seat and rear seat covers cost $1000. I could not source this service anywhere else after months of looking. If they say they can do it, get it done.

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Re: GTE Front Seat Upholstery

Post by akfordman » 12 Jan 2017, 10:53

thank you 427XR7.
that's the kind of 1st person review I was hoping for. I did see where they will do that. I'll contact them.

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Re: GTE Front Seat Upholstery

Post by akfordman » 31 Jan 2017, 13:24

finally got my samples from SMS. They are spot on. Dark Blue Comfortweave, grained and smooth seat vinyl and Black grained vinyl roof.
none of it cheap, I must say. but in for a penny in for a pound as the saying goes.
Now we're shopping around locally for an auto-upholstery place where we can see their work and they are willing to use SMS materials we provide.
Still holding having SMS do it in reserve as was suggested/recommended, but since the foam and seats really need some love, it's probably should all be done at once instead. still thinking about that tho.

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Re: GTE Front Seat Upholstery

Post by Al Bundy » 31 Jan 2017, 13:29

Is that the comfortweave that is not perforated or is it concours correct?
1974 Dodge Dart - daily driver
1963 Thunderbird Z code - raven black/red
1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
1968 XR7 X code - lime frost/dark ivy gold
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black

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Re: GTE Front Seat Upholstery

Post by akfordman » 31 Jan 2017, 14:05

it's perforated. looks good. got embed fiber inside the vinyl for strength. $159 yd.

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Re: GTE Front Seat Upholstery

Post by akfordman » 31 Jan 2017, 14:56

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