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    Default Synthetic Leather Seat Covers on Ebay

    Just curious if anyone has installed these and had any thoughts they would like to share. They seem to be made very well and the seller has perfect feedback. Seeing that my 240 is not original and I plan on upgrading to a more modern steering wheel and shift knob these seem like they would fit in well with my plans. Plus the price seems right too.

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    For two bills, delivered , good seller , they look nice, Ebay/Paypal will assist/ refund if product is not a described, go for it

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    Agreed, looks like a deal, lots of stuff in their store. If you pull the trigger, you owe us all a comprehensive report back.

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    I'll try to see what he can do with "butterscotch".
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    The covers look good in the pictures. I also will wait to see what they look like once installed. I've seen many covers and most look sub par. Most have wrinkles and don't seem to be seated correctly. I don't know if its because they were installed by non pros or the pattern was off. I really like the choice of stitching. I'll be waiting for the pictures of the installed covers. Good luck, hope they turn out great.

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    Thats a bargain! I might consider one (pair) myself.
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    This is their website. http://www.interior-innovations.com/default.aspx

    I'm going to send them some sample butterscotch as they haven't done that color yet.
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    The seats look great but with most products these days, it is buyer beware as some have learned how to polish a turd very well.




    I am with Jim... waiting for a report.
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    I had posted these up to see if anyone had already bought and installed these on here. Looks like we are all on the same page. I agree, the pics look really good, I just question the true quality once they are in my hands and installed. I know I will need new foam as mine is collapsed but should also help in making them look and function correctly. I am going to mull it over for another day and will let you guys know if I pull the trigger on them.
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    11/2013 Scion FR-S - Silver, 6spd, a car with the soul of a Z for the modern times.
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    Which foam replacement are you planning to go with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    The seats look great but with most products these days, it is buyer beware as some have learned how to polish a turd very well.




    I am with Jim... waiting for a report.
    Almost fell off my chair!!!
    At first I was about to tell you that capacitor stuffing is the purest way of getting classic radios fixed. Then I noticed its a 2.2mF in a 6.8mF can... HAH!!!!
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    And 35V vs 50V
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    I'm no cap stuffer.... And go with 105 C caps!

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    This is the electronics thread, right?
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    it is a digression of warning that is related to the first post.

    Very nice looking seat cover for very low price....careful, it could be like those pot-metal turbos or fake webers now on the market.


    This should get it back on track:



    Ricer Crowd Down Unda Review:
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    The real company and lower price and lower shipping than on EBay: http://www.interior-innovations.com/
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    On the Interior Innovations site the cost is $190 but shipping is $25 so I went ahead and saved the $15 and bought them on Ebay. I plan ordering new seat foams from Les at Classic Datsun this week. Once I receive the covers I will post some pictures along with my opinion of them. I am just getting black with black stitching, no embroidery or anything.
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    I finally got around to snapping some pics of the covers I bought off Ebay from the link above. Overall I am very happy with them. The material is a soft and a little rubbery feeling but the texture along with the stitching and details really make them look good. The construction seems to be really good but the truth will really be told once they are installed along with the new foam I got from Les at Classic Datsun. I have never seen a set of vinyl covers from the other restoration houses up close so I cannot compare. Hopefully the pics below will help others make the choice to go with them (or not).
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    11/2013 Scion FR-S - Silver, 6spd, a car with the soul of a Z for the modern times.
    Restoration thread of my old '72 240z -> http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/o...1972-240z.html

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    If they do not adequately "plump up" to push out the wrinkles, consider adding some high density unholstery foam available from hobby stores, craft stores, ...etc.. This is a pic of 1/2" foam I added to the bolster areas and around the skirts. I was reusing my original seat foams since there was no deterioration in them.

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    Part of that "plumping up" is the proper use of the wires and seam tubes to pull down through the foam and accent the seam indent.

    Too much foam can actually be detrimental to the cushioning effect of the seat and in turn stress the cover into premature failure from stretching the material.

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    Default synthetic covers

    Hey guys I wanted to post some actual results of what the z covers looked like installed since some of you were wondering. I just did these yesterday and rebuilt the support straps for the bottom of the seat so that it doesn't sag in the middle too. In my opinion for being synthetic, these look and feel pretty real. They did take over 2 weeks for shipping but I think they came out pretty nice and the fit was excellent from company, didn't have to modify. Click image for larger version. 

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    Looks realy nice, I need a drivers seat cover, might have to do a set of these, thanks!

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    If the genuine leather ones they do look as good as that I will be very happy
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    Quote Originally Posted by 240crazee View Post
    Hey guys I wanted to post some actual results of what the z covers looked like installed since some of you were wondering. I just did these yesterday and rebuilt the support straps for the bottom of the seat so that it doesn't sag in the middle too. In my opinion for being synthetic, these look and feel pretty real. They did take over 2 weeks for shipping but I think they came out pretty nice and the fit was excellent from company, didn't have to modify. Click image for larger version. 

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    The material looks really nice, but the gap between the back and seats looks off. Is the seat complete?

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    It looks right for my 240 (original seats) with the back in the first lock position, I think he has the back moved "upright" and a chalk under the back mounts to keep it standing for the pic.

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    I got my black leathers in today. I had the "old school" Z logo embroidered on the headrests; it looks OK - they could have used more stitches per inch though. They're at my upholstery guy's now and should be done by the end of the week. I'll post pics when I get them back.

    Overall I am happy with the product I'm anxious to see the fit quality.
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    Can you somehow get rid of the wrinkles? Heat lamp?
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    My leathers are installed. My upholstery guy asked what I paid for them (~$375 +/-) and he said that he couldn't even source the leather for that amount let alone produce a completed set for that. He rated the leather a 6.5 out of 10 noting it was a bit thin for automotive use. He was impressed that even the piping was leather wrapped but had to remove "the tail section" of the seat backs and stitch in more substantial material. This was the part that the hog rings secure to and he felt that it was a bit too thin / weak to be durable over the long haul and was not quite long enough.

    All in all it was a good product for a good price. Still working on photos....
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    More pictures, pretty please? lol
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    I purchase all the seat components from Les, and have completed one seat. So far is lookd pretty good, though there is a little wrinkle down the seat back. I need to replace support strap, since the stuff I used to fix it the first time seems to crack with age. What I used was similar to the original but not quite as thick nor covered in nylon.
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    Heat them up carefully but hot and smack the wrinkles with the back of a large wooden spoon-Here we just put them in the sun for a little while-the wrinkles should dissipate, the materiel just needs to find its groove. These guys have been making replacement upholstery for the Z32 crowd for some time
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    I pulled my driver side seat apart over the weekend. Most of the foam looked original including a thin layer of foam that was glued across the back of the seat. When you guys recovered your seats did you place a new layer of thin foam across the back, use the original, or just leave it off? Mine was pretty nasty feeling so I tore it off and I am considering putting new on after I clean up the metal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koalia View Post
    More pictures, pretty please? lol
    So are picks of the recoverd seats available yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardway View Post
    I pulled my driver side seat apart over the weekend. Most of the foam looked original including a thin layer of foam that was glued across the back of the seat. When you guys recovered your seats did you place a new layer of thin foam across the back, use the original, or just leave it off? Mine was pretty nasty feeling so I tore it off and I am considering putting new on after I clean up the metal.
    Jeff,
    My thin seat back foam was in good shape, left it all in place for the new covers. I suggest you replace yours, it will soften the feel of the covers and absorb small impacts that might otherwise ding the vinyl on the seat backs.
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    I'm starting to wonder if I shouldn't go to leather seat covers.
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    I got my driver side seat done this week. Below are pictures of the finished product. Overall I am pretty happy with the results. For as tight as the material is around the rest of the seat I wish the areas on the side of the head rest were as tight. It took me about 8 hours of total labor time to do the one seat. This included tear down, weld repair, clean up, paint, re-cover, and final assembly. I took alot of pictures during the whole process and plan to write up a how-to document later this weekend. Getting the covers on was the REAL WORK. It requires a good bit of arm and hand strength as well as knowing when to stop to let it relax. If you have any old arm or shoulder injuries doing this kind of project may cause them to flare up so just be aware. Let me know what you think.

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    Very nice job, 8 hours well spent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardway View Post
    I got my driver side seat done this week. Below are pictures of the finished product. Overall I am pretty happy with the results. For as tight as the material is around the rest of the seat I wish the areas on the side of the head rest were as tight. It took me about 8 hours of total labor time to do the one seat. This included tear down, weld repair, clean up, paint, re-cover, and final assembly. I took alot of pictures during the whole process and plan to write up a how-to document later this weekend. Getting the covers on was the REAL WORK. It requires a good bit of arm and hand strength as well as knowing when to stop to let it relax. If you have any old arm or shoulder injuries doing this kind of project may cause them to flare up so just be aware. Let me know what you think.

    *Images removed.*
    What material is this?
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    Genuine vinylhide

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    Having reupholstered my Z a couple times, I'm guessing any wrinkles you're worried about will smooth out as the covers 'stretch to fit" when you sit in the seats for a while. Parking outside on a sunny day also helps. Good looking job, by the way.
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    Thank you for your compliments everyone. The seat continues to sit in my living room and the wrinkles have already started to disappear. Your are right PSDenno, a few hours in the car on a warm day should make them look perfect. I think I am going to hold off on installing it until I install my new clutch master. Should be a lot easier with the seat out of my way.
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    Grats on the good result. Looks nice and clean.
    I done a Ford escort MKII and they where wrinkled for the first week. After a couple of days in the sun they looked great until an idiot ran a red light and T-boned me.
    Not quite shaw which way to go with the 280Z. The leathers ones are tempting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EuroDat View Post
    The leathers ones are tempting.
    Given how much work it is to recover the seats I would say buy the covers you really want. If you really like leather then you should get it, otherwise you will regret your decision every time you get in the car. You can tell just by feeling the seats they are vinyl but the texture on them helps. The term "synthetic leather" is a bit of a stretch but they do feel nice. For me it was all about best bang for the buck. I had strongly considered a set of covers from Classic Datsun when I ordered my seat foams. If these do not hold up I may be going that route in the future.
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    If anyone does the leather covers could they please post some pics to compare?

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    Thanks for the reports on these covers. I am also considering those ones off of eBay myself. I did MSA vinyl kits years ago and they have held up well and look good still.
    Regret not doing more with the foam, I should have replaced them. I think any covers would fill out better with new foam inserts .
    Reading the ad for the eBay covers it sounds like the covers have a thin layer of foam sewn in- can you confirm this??
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    Quote Originally Posted by madkaw View Post
    Reading the ad for the eBay covers it sounds like the covers have a thin layer of foam sewn in- can you confirm this??
    The do have padding sewn in to the covers, not sure if its foam or how much. Below is a close up picture of when I attached the hog rings below the head rest. If this does not help let me know and I will see if I have some other pics.

    08/1970 240z Series-1 #8011 - Silver, black int., 2.4L I-6, 5spd, 90% restored.
    06/1973 VW Karmann Ghia - Black convertible, 4spd, 1600cc air-cooled engine.
    11/2013 Scion FR-S - Silver, 6spd, a car with the soul of a Z for the modern times.
    Restoration thread of my old '72 240z -> http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/o...1972-240z.html

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