1971 Journey

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Postby riverracer » Fri Mar 27, 2015 3:11 pm

i've heard that talcum powder can be used to help ease slipping the covers on.

that's a shame, throw a seat cover over it and no one would be the wiser, :) not your style i know.

will you still be popping down to the show n shine, or going to any of the events?
if not, PM your number and i'll defiantly like to meet and have a looksie. :o
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Postby CraigH » Fri Mar 27, 2015 6:48 pm

I will be there most of the time as I have paid a full ticket.

yes seat covers are not my thing and i am very pissed at myself for rushing it and making mistake.

May be looking for a seat if your doing the scenic run around Canberra.

We could stop back via my place and have a look if it works out.

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby CraigH » Sat May 02, 2015 4:52 pm

Been a little quiet for a while as I had some problems with the seat backs.

The seat bases went so easy but....

1) I did not realise that full leather covers don't stretch quite the same as the standard leather sets that use vinyl for the sides.

2) I did not leave the covers in the sun long enough.

3) I was busy with other things at work and home and rushed.

End result was while rolling the set back cover over the top (as per CA videos) I ripped the cover in the middle where the seat release button is.

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So in disgust I gave up for a while, concentrated on our bathroom reno etc etc

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby CraigH » Sat May 02, 2015 4:53 pm

Jay at Corvette America was very helpful and was going to arrange a custom order for one replacement back cover but in the end a Willcox sale let me buy a new leather set and have it shipped to Australia.

I went with a full set as i wanted both backs to match perfectly colour and was concerned that my original set from 2010 may be slightly different from the 2015 sets.

This time I was gun shy and decided to use a trimmer for the backs then reassemble them.

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby CraigH » Sat May 02, 2015 4:54 pm

Fitted up all the seat bottoms hardware.

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby CraigH » Sat May 02, 2015 4:54 pm

Here are the finished seat back frames before they went to the trimmer.

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby CraigH » Sat May 02, 2015 4:55 pm

Picked up seat backs from Trimmer yesterday and he did a great job, will start the reassembly soon.

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I still need to colour match the seat belt trim piece.

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby DOC » Sun May 03, 2015 8:15 am

Looking very good!

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby CraigH » Sun May 03, 2015 2:07 pm

Put the seats back together ready to go in the Vette.

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby CraigH » Sun May 03, 2015 2:08 pm

Just spraying up the rear seat belt trim covers, door pills and a few other trim items in Royal Blue and they can sit to dry and when i get back home from work travel this week it will be ready to go back together :-)

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby DOC » Sun May 03, 2015 2:24 pm

Seats look Great Craig! :o

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby CraigH » Sun May 03, 2015 3:48 pm

DOC wrote:Seats look Great Craig! :o


Thanks Doc

I am so happy with the final result.

However have not let much beat me on the Vette so far but this went close :-)

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby Trudgeo » Sun May 03, 2015 4:20 pm

Looks AWESOME as usual mate! :) :shock: :shock: :shock: :o :o :)

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby CraigH » Sat May 09, 2015 5:48 pm

Did not like the colour match on the door pulls so painted them up with matched vinyl paint.

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby CraigH » Sat May 09, 2015 5:50 pm

Passenger seat finally back in.

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby CraigH » Sat May 09, 2015 5:52 pm

Drivers seat as well. Very happy with final result.

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby riverracer » Sat May 09, 2015 10:23 pm

just in time for next years easter convention in Bendigo.... :)

looks better than new :o
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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby Bazzas77 » Sun May 10, 2015 8:39 am

They look good but how do they feel ?

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby CraigH » Sun May 10, 2015 8:44 am

Thanks Alan, yes it would be ready, unless I decide to start some other project i don't finish in time, shame it was not ready for this year though :-(

They feel very nice Bazza. The leather is very soft. The guy who did the backs for me is a Tafe teacher as well as having his own shop and he commented that the leather quality on the CA covers was excellent and better than heaps of US and AU covers he had fitted before.

The new foams together with covers changes the whole thing, I feel a little less like being in the seat and more on the seat but it does not feel over padded.

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby Wabco40 » Sun May 10, 2015 12:07 pm

Seats look great Craig :o
Makes a nice difference with new foam and leather covers.

Have you removed the right rear door glass weatherstrip?

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby CraigH » Sun May 10, 2015 12:17 pm

Are I wondered if someone would notice Brad

Yes I took it out, drilled out the rivets for the mounting channel etc then ground out some of the glass below it and re glassed it all up to try and stop the chance of water leaks.

While the seats were out I got my son to hit the T-Top edges with the hose and watched for leaks.

Amazing how it can get in (I know a hose is probably an over the top test but)

Found some holes in the glass that allowed it to seep in and run down the back of the B pillar trims.

Can just keep removing possible leaks, don't think you can fully get rid of them.

Just need to glue the rubber weatherstrip back now.

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby Wabco40 » Sun May 10, 2015 12:51 pm

Cool, at least it's one less water leak to worry about.

Not sure I would have noticed if I hadn't just removed the same weatherstrips for my respray.

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby St Leon » Fri May 15, 2015 9:22 pm

HI Craig,

Great job and final result on the seats. They look amazing.

Glen

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby CraigH » Mon May 18, 2015 5:41 pm

Washed the Vette for first time in many months on Saturday. Nice to have all the dust off. Did engine bay as well as we have an event on Sunday.

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby Wabco40 » Mon May 18, 2015 6:18 pm

Looks great Craig :o

Your making me envious, I need to pull my finger out and get mine back on the road.

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby riverracer » Mon May 18, 2015 9:58 pm

all ready for bendigo.... :-o :-o

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby Trudgeo » Tue May 19, 2015 5:29 pm

Looks AWESOME Craig :o :o :o :o :)
Unfortunately, it still isn't motivating me and I've finally decided that my '69 is up for sale with or without all the new parts i bought for it (over $10.5k USD) :shock: :shock: :cry: :cry: :cry:

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby CraigH » Tue May 19, 2015 6:11 pm

Trudgeo wrote:Looks AWESOME Craig :o :o :o :o :)
Unfortunately, it still isn't motivating me and I've finally decided that my '69 is up for sale with or without all the new parts i bought for it (over $10.5k USD) :shock: :shock: :cry: :cry: :cry:


That's a shame George.

But if it will just sit then why not.

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby CraigH » Tue May 19, 2015 6:12 pm

riverracer wrote:all ready for bendigo.... :-o :-o

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Possibly Alan but Easter is always in high demand in the family and I got in trouble this year even though I did not really go any where -:)

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Re: 1971 Journey

Postby CraigH » Tue May 19, 2015 10:33 pm

Local event at Costco in Canberra last Sunday. We had 24 vette's turn up.

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