Model A Ford interior trim restoration

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Pete's Model A Ford in my driveway looking towards Mt Archer

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Restoring the interior trim

Recently a friend of ours enquired about restoring the seats and floor mats of his car.

As a proud classic car interior restorer I advised that he should use only the very best vinyl and associated materials. By doing this he is guaranteed of a quality look and a very nice feel to the seats also.

This costs more but extra cost now is soon forgotten, and don’t forget that you look at the seats forever.

Peter's Model A Ford in the street
Gary's Model A Ford in Bundaberg
Peter's Model A Ford front on

The cream and brown car is owned by a friend in Bundaberg. The differential was checked before leaving for South Australia.

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Beefing up the Model A Ford bucket seat springs
Model A Ford bucket seats with foam coverings
Model A Ford bucket seats

The foam and calico covers over these seats was in a reasonably good condition as the seats had been rebuilt in the last 15 years or so.

However, as the seats were rather spongy (especially the passenger’s side one) it was necessary to put some more feel back into them. After being taken for a ride in the car I observed that the passenger side seat bucket seat needed considerably attention while the drivers side was average.

This seemed a little odd as the drivers side seat is always the first to go. However, as these seats are identical it would have been very simple for someone to switch them.

In order to return the Model A Ford seats to a nice firm original feeling it was necessary to support the coil springs. To do this you need off-cuts of vinyl with foam glued underneath. Roll them up very tightly and clip them down in the middle of the coil springs, making sure that the top is under the top of the coil spring.

You can see the black rolled pieces in the photo on the left above. Also there is a rolled foam section in the middle which is covered by a creamy vinyl. This gives a secondary cushion support.

Model A Ford bucket seats

Model A Ford bucket seat backs
Model A Ford bucket seat backs with centering lines
On the left you can see the backs of the buckets from the front and rear.

The centre line on the rear helps to line up the completed case when fitting. By doing it this way it will always be centered correctly.

Fitting Model A Ford seat cases
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Model A Ford retrimmed bucket seats
Model A Ford bucket seat inserts - adding the piping
Fitting the cases to the base of the buckets. The Model A Ford in the street. A photo of the completed buckets (small scale). Adding the piping to the seat base inserts.

Larger view of retrimmed Model A Ford bucket seats
A close up shot of the completed bucket seats.

Model A Ford rear seats

Making the pleating for Model A Ford rear seats
Vinyl and foam ready for pleating of Model A Ford seats
Making the pleated sections of the rear seats required continuous high concentration periods. As the foam underlay was an inch thick it was difficultto make the hidden stitch pleats.

Persistence paid off though and we achieved very good results.

Building Model A Ford rear seats
A trial fitting of the top of the rear seat. The top and the bottom are completely stapled to fit the case in the exact position it will be in when finished. All that was necessary from here was to mark off both outside edges and then trim down to size. You can see the red marking pen lines, which is the outside edge.

Then the piping was added and the dark grey trimmed side inserts. Voila!!

Model A Ford retrimmed rear seats, base and back
A nice photo of the seats in the car will be added later.

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