Allright... Moving on with upper cushions!
Locate and mark your centerlines! This is especially important when you are putting a headrest on(like i will) because if you have it off even a little, it will be really obvious due to the fixed position of the headrest!
Not as important w/o headrests of course, but never a bad idea.
Just like with the lower cushions, i mark my buns where i intent to hogring and slice them in those spots with a box knife and make sure i can touch the paper covered rod underneath wtih my finger.
Lay out the cover over it and mark it in the same spots you made on the bun.
IMPORTANT! If you are running headrests, you need to ensure the top seam will fall in front of the headrest guides. If you get them too far up you will wind up with the lock bezels going over the top of the welting bead which looks terrible. Use that as your guide on how far up to place the cover.
If you don't have headrest guides... its a little more tricky, you'll need to reference the bottom corners as well as the top edge to try and figure out the best placement (high or low)
You pull the cover on much teh same as the bottom... start at the top corners with the cover inside out, pull one over its edge and rightside out.
Recheck your centerlines, and adjust if needed... then do the other corner.
These are really hard on upper covers! To make it easier you can drape some thin plastic (like from a painters drop cloth or a kitchen or bath garbage bag) over the top corners... this will help the cover to slide easier. you can simply leave it in once the covers on, it won't hurt anything.
Once the cover is on, i hogring at the top, using my hand to pull the vinyl around and down from the top. Don't just pull on the sleeve or it will rip. work the vinyl down, compressing the foam underneath as you go- then hogring in place.
If its really hard, you can use zip ties... put them in each of the attaching postiions and then gradually pull them each tighter while you work the vinyl inbetween.
Once the top is hogringed, then do the bottom corners, followed by the bottom center- then finally the sides, starting at the bottom.
Flip them over and bam! You are done.
Go ahead and slide the uppers onto the lower cushions to check alignment.
I still have headrests to do, some final assembly of tracks and seatback locks, and I need to get the matching paint for my plastic panels... but I'm pretty comfortable calling these done from a repair and recovering standpoint.
I'll followup later with the headrests When they come together..
here is a shot showing the french seams on the sides:
Anyway, thanks for following along!