Monday, April 14, 2008

Edsel seats

As promised, pictures of the old seat in such wonderful condition and the new covers. Kanter hooked us up. No, they are not original covers. No, they don't have the Edsel style to them. We went functional, not original. As I've mentioned before this is a driver and not a show car. It's going to get drinks spilled on it, in it and all over it so keeping the seats and carpet low cost makes sense to Dad and I. I did much the same on the Camaro and 60' and was glad I did. Not a week after I had the Camaro on the road my now three year old managed a stain on the back seat.

I'm sourcing some foam padding for the seats right now. Hopefully I can find it this week locally and we can have these in and ready very soon. Tires are also coming this morning. A set of Cooper's, 215/75/R14 radials. This is about as close to the 8.55 by 14 that my Great Uncle had on the Edsel when it was on the road last.

Last on the list will be the Exhaust then everything is done except the details.


At 6:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ-Just curious if you looked into the "right/correct" seat covers and what the cost differential was between them? Could you gotten vinyl in the "Edsel" style of is that not possible? So the foam and covers are just basic covers that you will form to fit?
Greg Misawa77

At 6:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ-you said somewhere on this blog (my memory may be fuzzy on this) that this restoration will "cost" you about 2000 man hours. Is that still the case? What does that translate to in dollars? What costs would "Harry Homeowner" have on a project like this that you have because you are in the car fixing business (like car dollys, space, welding equipment, paint booth ha ha, ect.). Just trying to understand the costs associated with an endevour like this so if I am ever get interested in such a thing.
Greg misawa77

At 6:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ-what about seat/lap belts? Are you installing? Why not if not? Is this sort of thing easy to do? The current standard three point seat belt would not look good on a hardtop edsel and would probably be hard to install at the roof position.

Greg misawa77

At 6:32 AM, Blogger B.j.Ruland said...

Few answers for your questions.

We never looked into the "right/correct" seats much more then pricing out some used ones. The cost difference was just to much to swallow and these seats cover and upholstrey from Kanters is very well done. The foam we will purchase locally and form to fit, the framing of the seats themselves is in to shape so no need for much more.

As for man hours, we are at about 1500 and figure another 100-200 before it's finished. I can get into more detail about other things in the future.

As for seatbelts, we will use lap belts that my unlce had in the car. Clean them up, paint them with vynil paint and be good to go.

Thanks for the comments :)


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