Seat Spring connectors/swedges - Chevelle Tech
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Cool Seat Spring connectors/swedges

Hey, guys.
I'm fairly new to posting but need help in reupholstering my 1967 Chevelle bucket seats. I was fortunate to get a decent pair of doners to do. My Chevelle originally came with a bench seat.

I have totally disassembled the passenger side and was blessed with a relatively good set of springs and frames. Some dislocated and dislodged connectors/swedges in a couple of areas but no breaks and the rust is not too bad. Not sure what you call them but they are not the hog rings. I would like to replace the bottom of the seat bolster support springs because they take the brunt of the weight the fat ass sitting on them.

I was able to get new bolster springs 4 per seat bottom from SS396.com. They are more heavy-duty than the original OEM. I think they are 1/8" wire or so. My question is they come with these connectors/swedges like the original OEM is put together but unable to find the tool which to swedge them on. They are not the hog rings but are about an inch long and are swedged in three places. Made from sheet metal. If they aren't currently available, I guess I could make a pair of pliers/crimpers modified to do the job. Just didn't know if they are readily available or not.

The attached picture shows two next to the paper wrapped listing wire and a few on the outer wire.

Thanks any help would be helpful.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 19, 6:58 PM
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Re: Seat Spring connectors/swedges

They are called upholstery clips. Lots of places to find them. I order them by the pound here.
http://www.rochfordsupply.com/shop/U...lip/index.html

I use needle nose pliers and angled pliers to bend them into place. Not terribly tricky or sophisticated.

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Re: Seat Spring connectors/swedges

I use my hog ring pliers to crimp them into place. I start in the center, then move to the outsides.


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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 19, 10:47 PM
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Re: Seat Spring connectors/swedges

I used a pair of duck bill pliers.
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They do make a special set of pliers for crimping the BW clips but just about any pliers will do the job.
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Re: Seat Spring connectors/swedges

BW Clip Pliers,

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-BW-Clip...4383.l4275.c10

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Those clips in the link are not the style that he has, he has the original style that is split into three sections. That pliers does not look like it will work for the original style clips.


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Re: Seat Spring connectors/swedges

We in the Trade call them Baker Clips, Baker Clip Pliers.


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With only a few clips to install I would take a chance with regular pliers. Object is to compress the clip around two springs and make sure the clip is insulated from the springs by the clip liner. Could always duct tape the springs together before compressing the clip. Not the correct way but will work and nobody will know the difference.
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Re: Seat Spring connectors/swedges

While you have your springs visible would you be able to provide a measurement from outside to outside of the listing wires? I just purchased new spring sets and i believe they attached it backwards which throws off the foam fitment.
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Cool Re: Seat Spring connectors/swedges

Hey Thanks, guys. The link to the supply company was perfect and just what I needed. I need to replace the listing wires a well both back and bottom and Rochford Supply has it all. As for Scotts 71 question, your right. The listing wire should go in the crease of the bolster. Looks like they installed them too close to each other. I have already removed the listing wires but it should be relatively easy for you to relocate them back in the crease. I'm unable to get a dimension but here are some pic of before removal which should help.

Thanks again
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