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post #1 of 6 Old 05-16-2019, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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New seat upholstery DIY.

I will be picking up a new to me 87 YJ this weekend thanks to @Chrisnvegas . It has some very unique upholstery which I would like to keep original but yet is missing the passenger front seat. This may be a long waiting game to find another seat that is correct or somehow come by some NOS replacement fabric that is factory. I will put the factory seats aside and okay the waiting game.

The next best thing. My 94 project has the correct style of seats, just the wrong upholstery and it has seen its better days. Fortunately for me the wife has a JUKI quilting machine that will do leather and stuff. She is an amazing seamstress. I have recovered a lot of seats in my career with factory replacement covers. I have also done the upholstery in a restoration before as in making my own covers. It makes a nice project for us to do together.

I took apart the worst seat which was the drivers. I need to do some foam repair and will most likely add a 1" memory foam over the top to make them more comfy. I did not get pics or a video of how to remove these factory coverings but will do it when I do the passenger side seat. The way the seat back is done is unique to any seat covering I have ever removed, it had me stumped for a second and then the penny dropped. Very ingenious design. Very simple to remove.

in the end I will have a factory type upholstery job on a Jeep that is worthy of nothing other than being as close to original as possible. I really never found a source for such a thing and probably am not willing to pay for it given my wife and mines collective skills.

I chose Naugahyde for fabric. It is a vinyl material used in yachts and high end boats. I also purchased UV and moisture resistant thread which is also used in the boating industry. The fabric looks and feels like real leather and although this Jeep is special and wont be driven much, this fabric is a leather type material that should be very durable and capable of handling moisture and UV rays. Stuff that Jeeps are susceptible too.

I hope that this thread inspires somebody to keep their original seats around and provides the know how to do so.

Maybe I can provide some factory type replacement covers in the future for those interested on having something as close to original as possible. 20190516_145934.jpg




I will post more pics as the project continues.

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My factory seats are still sitting on the shop floor. I might restore them once the kids get too big to fit on the bench seat.

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This is great.
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JeeperDon may be interested too.

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This is great.
Waiting on your post.
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Cool. May take me a second or two to get to the next level. Brought the new YJ home yesterday. Evaluating its total beauty and needs. Grandson from the south is coming here for a few weeks. Dont get to see him enough. He will help Papa with the Jeep but kinda slows things down a little. We have to go for bike rides, track deer and turkey, do a little camping, etc. He is curious little guy and my world. If he likes the seats, they will happen faster. If not...They will be officially on hold. I dont get to see him enough.

The new to me YJ is amazing. Being from Michigan and getting a from Arizona Jeep that moved next to a indoor storage in Nevada. Unreal. It makes it hard to focus. Really. Not looking at fixing a frame or rust... Trying to sort out how to make it totally original.... Including the BBD feedback carb, etc.

Thanks again @Chrisnvegas .
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-23-2019, 07:40 PM
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Awesome work, I'm very interested. I like the stock interior but haven't found any places to buy real upholstery like most older vehicles. If you don't decide to sell them just a pattern would be great.
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For those looking, carries most OEM fabrics you might need to keep your Jeep original. They are one of the last warehouses with NOS for the older AMC Jeeps. Good luck with the sewing!

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