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Original seat upholstery
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I may have the opportunity to purchase original seat upholstery(1972) that needs a minor repair to each front bucket seat (side bolster). The seller is doing a color change from green to black. They are from a low mileage car that was not out in the sun. The seller is removing them from his seat frames.

For those that have their original seat upholstery how has it held up?

Should I worry if the thread stitching on the seams will split in a few years?

Thanks

Brett
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#2
pics???

How original are you trying to stay? Door interior code?

Thx

Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1971 Hardtop (parts car)
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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Brett
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#4
This is the original color for our Mach 1. This is an option as opposed to buying all new fabric from SMS. We were committed to going "new" and even had the fabric samples sent to us from SMS. Buying used will save us money on the restoration. But if the original upholstery is not going to last we will spend whatever it takes. A happy wife is a happy life.

Brett
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#5
Unless you are planing on using car as a daily driver, you should be fine. Use common sense; don't keep wallet in rear pockets, don't spill coffee on fabric....etc.

Also, replacing a section like a matching side bolster fabric is pretty straightforward process for upholstery person who knows what they are doing. My vote is for purchasing the VG condition used set and installing it.
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(10-28-2019, 07:05 AM)Bill73Ragtop Wrote: Unless you are planing on using car as a daily driver, you should be fine.  Use common sense; don't keep wallet in rear pockets, don't spill coffee on fabric....etc.

Also, replacing a section like a matching side bolster fabric is pretty straightforward process for upholstery person who knows what they are doing.  My vote is for purchasing the VG condition used set and installing it.


My general thoughts as well. But thank you for the reply. 

Just hoping the original seat upholstery will hold up. We don't want to lose out on an opportunity on purchasing available comfortweave. Once it's gone, it's gone. SMS is out of the comfortweave for the black upholstery as the seller of the green seat upholstery discovered.

The seller of the upholstery is going to his upholstery shop with the seats today to have the green covers removed and begin the process of having his seats done in black. He is supposed to call me at the shop and the upholstery guy and I will talk via the sellers cell phone about the cost of repairing the green seat covers. The upholstery shop owner has seen pictures of the green seats and gave a rought estimate of $150 to repair, but wanted to see them in person before giving an actual quote.

Thanks

Brett
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#7
I know that wanting to save money and trying to keep things original are important to most everyone. The problem I see is that for the money you might be saving up front could cost you several extra hundred down the road not to mentioned having to pull the seats out again. I just replaced my upholstery and though it looked fairly good form the outside the listing channels were rotted and the vinyl tore extra easy.

Kilgon


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(10-28-2019, 09:54 AM)Kilgon Wrote: I know that wanting to save money and trying to keep things original are important to most everyone.  The problem I see is that for the money you might be saving up front could cost you several extra hundred down the road not to mentioned having to pull the seats out again.  I just replaced my upholstery and though it looked fairly good form the outside the listing channels were rotted and the vinyl tore extra easy.


Thanks! That is our concern. I see that you are in Ohio. The green seats spent its whole life in Michigan under a carport since the early 80's, up until this year. So, similar climate to your car, if yours is an Ohio car.

Brett
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My concern would be 50 year old vinyl and it gets brittle with age. Guess it depends on how you plan to use the car. If it's going to see weekend drives and trips to the ice cream shop, then go for it. If you plan on long drives and several thousand miles a year, I'd spring for the SMS comfortweave and have it made up into new seats.


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(10-28-2019, 09:19 AM)72Mach168Cam Wrote:
(10-28-2019, 07:05 AM)Bill73Ragtop Wrote: Unless you are planing on using car as a daily driver, you should be fine.  Use common sense; don't keep wallet in rear pockets, don't spill coffee on fabric....etc.

Also, replacing a section like a matching side bolster fabric is pretty straightforward process for upholstery person who knows what they are doing.  My vote is for purchasing the VG condition used set and installing it.

My general thoughts as well. But thank you for the reply. 

Just hoping the original seat upholstery will hold up. We don't want to lose out on an opportunity on purchasing available comfortweave. Once it's gone, it's gone. SMS is out of the comfortweave for the black upholstery as the seller of the green seat upholstery discovered.

The seller of the upholstery is going to his upholstery shop with the seats today to have the green covers removed and begin the process of having his seats done in black. He is supposed to call me at the shop and the upholstery guy and I will talk via the sellers cell phone about the cost of repairing the green seat covers. The upholstery shop owner has seen pictures of the green seats and gave a rought estimate of $150 to repair, but wanted to see them in person before giving an actual quote.

Thanks

SMS is out of black comfortweave
???  Oh, no.
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