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Thread: How To: Installing DMCH Leather Seat Covers ... some thoughts

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    As Nick alluded to, installing the rigid plastic strips were easier before the bottom was hog ringed in place. I didn't have to remove the rubber bottom to do this. Because there were 3 holes in the strips, I opted to use the zip ties and stainless steel washers as well, as I figured they will help anchor the strips in place and fill in the holes in the seat bottom.

    Before:
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    I applied leather conditioner before and during the pulling and stretching process:
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    Here is the underside right side bottom cushion finished:

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    After:
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    This was my first attempt at upholstery work, so I took my time to try to install the skin properly, and I was pleased at how well it fit.

    The upper half is next...
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    I was able to finish the upper half of the passenger seat today. Here are some additional thoughts:

    As Nick mentioned, the DMCH seat covers have integrated plastic ribs all around, so you don't reuse the old metal ones. Here are some pictures:

    The center ribs in the backrest...
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    The 2 ribs in the headrest...
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    Instead of using the plastic bag trick on the headrest, I used the approach in the "Slip Me Some Skin" instructions, to use a light spray of Silicone on the headrest foam. After that, the seat cover slipped right in place.

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    To help me draw the center ribs up to the "BBQ grill" for fastening, I put 4 temporary zip ties in them to grab onto.
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    Here is the final result...

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    This was my first attempt at auto upholstery, so I took my time. It was a lot of work, but the end result is satisfying. I expect the other side to go somewhat quicker.

    I took more step by step photos. They are in the interior restoration album if anyone is interested.

    Cheers,
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    Nice!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich_NYS View Post
    Nice!!!
    Thanks Rich!

    Well, I managed to get the Driver's seat done today:

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    The estimate that I got from a quality auto upholstery shop to install 2 seat covers and repaint the seat rails/frame as required was $900.00. I thought that price was high, but man, that was a lot of work to do it myself. Still, I would do it again.

    Some other thoughts after the second seat, I used an average of 135 hog rings per seat, and when you are pulling/coaxing the back of the headrest down to fasten, do the 2 seams first as they tend to spread out of place if you start with the middle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMC-81 View Post
    The estimate that I got from a quality auto upholstery shop to install 2 seat covers and repaint the seat rails/frame as required was $900.00. .
    That's VERY high.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMCMW Dave View Post
    That's VERY high.
    Seems like the 'we don't really wanna have to do this job' price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdg3205 View Post
    Seems like the 'we don't really wanna have to do this job' price.
    Yeah, based on their body language, I think they weren't sure how/scared to do it. After the owner quoted that price, I laughed while putting the seats back in the wagon. I said that price is not even in the right ballpark, and it was more than the price of the seat covers. Then I said that I'll do them myself.

    It would be different if they were an expert in DeLorean seats, but I figured I'd better take the chance on my own skills, rather than paying and risking a hack job.
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    Can anyone tell me the trick to getting the hog rings on to the two horizontal brackets at the bottom of the headrest? Next to impossible to to the pliers in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin 02530 View Post
    Can anyone tell me the trick to getting the hog rings on to the two horizontal brackets at the bottom of the headrest? Next to impossible to to the pliers in there.
    No hog rings, zip ties! See user "decobra" post from "slip me some skin" article in a Delorean magazine.

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    Thank you! Can't seem to find that article but I zip tied them anyhow. Worked out well.


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