Sunday, May 14, 2006

Are you sitting comfortably?

Or is your arse dragging on the floor?

Do you clean your carpets only to find what look like biscuit crumbs on the floor after a drive? Well you may have KFS - knackered foam syndrome.

That's where someone replaces the seat covers but doesn't do the foams - te foam then starts to fall apart and fall out! This has been happening to the Sixfire, much to the wife's dismay. So I buit the bullet and bought a set of seat foams from Dave at Canley Classics, they ain't cheap but then if you want a proper job, get the proper bits.

Here's what I picked up yesterday at Dave's.

A pair of seat base foams and a pair of seat back foams - the bases are handed and come with the fibre boards. The backs are ambidextrous

Fortunately it was good weather so I could do the job outside - cos it was messy! The old foam fell out all over the place. The towel was to work on so I could protect the leather covers the previous owner had fitted. The frames and straps were all OK having been refurbised when the leather was fitted.

The headrests were a mess, just a bag of disintegrated foam. As you can't get the foamd for the headrests only the whole thing (and that's £70 a pair and in vinyl) I decided to have a go myself. Using some spare foam I had from doing the old Herald seat ss a few years ago I went about making a new headrest and fitting the leather cover over it.

Half way through the job, well not quite! I;ve done one seat back and one head rest - I put it all back in the car as I realised I didn't have any glue for the seat base job! Funnily enough the headrest, that we were not so bothered about and was a compromise, has come out the best! It looks a very different shade to the seat but it's not, the previous owner hadn't fitted them when I got the car so the seat covers have had a little wear and the headrests haven't - Claudia just fitted them to ensure they didn't get lost in the garage - in fact she just whacked them over the original vinyl - they seemed OK for a while. Posted by Picasa

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