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I need to fix the seats for my '66 Chevelle. The front bench is ripped across the drivers area and the rear is has a couple of small 2" rips. I would want to go ahead and redo all of the foam and vinyl. What else is involved? I think my springs are OK. Would I just be better off taking it to an upholtery shop?
 

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It's really not all that hard, just time consuming. Get yourself a good hog ring plier kit and go to town. The hardest part is working the wrinkles out, but with patience, it allworks out. I have sent 2 sets of seats out to be redone, I am doing the next set myself.
 

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I will second that....not very hard at all.I did my first one about a month ago and it turned out great! Just make sure to take your time and leave those covers in the sun for quite a while
 

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Or put them in a closet or small bathromm with an electric heater on for a while. Also, make detailed sketches of where the original hog rings, seams, wires, etc., are before dismantling them.
 

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I second Blue SS 454's advice. Get a GOOD set of Hog ring pliers. A friend of mine loaned me the pliers that came with his upholstery "kit" and they were absolutely awful to use. I mentioned it to my mom who for some reason had a set of professional pliers...my god the difference it made! The hog rings were easy to place and closed right into place no sweat. Go for it!

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Yep, it is pretty easy. Take the backs off the seat part to make 3 light pieces to handle; re-assemble in the car. Keep your old upholstery until the job is complete. You will be able to see where the factory hog rings went and where the various folds go. Take the wires out of the perimeter of your old covers to put in the new.
 
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