Vick's X1/9 seat upholstery set update

Discussion in 'Discussion Forum' started by JimD, Jul 28, 2018.

  1. JimD

    JimD Waiting for Godot... Moderator

    Location:
    Missouri, USA
    I just wanted to post an update about the X1/9 seat upholstery I bought from Vick's late last summer. I never get things done fast, but I get to it eventually. I did a test fit on a seat last summer, but set the project aside until I got the car painted this June.

    Here are some pictures of the upholstery installed on the seats in my 85. The interior was grey/black previously, so I used fabric paint to black out the door cards to go with the new seats. I think the seats look great and go really well with the new Arancio paint job.

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    The product Vicks offers is actual replacement upholstery, not seat covers. You need to remove the original upholstery before you can install the new. The foam on my seats was in OK condition for being 30+ years old, so I didn't try to add any volume to it.

    The biggest problem I had on install was breaking the original cotton pulls used to tighten the upholstery to the seat shape. I used the old rods and pulls I removed from the original seats. If you tackle this project, using the old rods is fine, but get new cotton straps to make the pulls. I put new pulls in the pass seat to replace the broken ones and was more careful when I pulled on them. I haven't redone the broken pulls on the driver's side yet and you can barely tell it is a little looser at shoulder height than the pass side.

    I think this set of upholstery is really nice, especially for the price. As long as you are looking for black seats, which I was, these are an excellent choice. The material is thick and feels sturdy. The rod pockets are sown into proper locations on the inside of each piece. The only thing I can complain about is there is a small area in one panel were the grain seems discolored (traces of white), but you have to look at it just right, in the right light. So it wasn't a big enough concern for me to bother with. Overall I am very pleased. :D (<- that's me right there)
     
  2. kmead

    kmead True Classic

    Location:
    Michigan
    Thank you for posting your experience and that you are in fact happy with what you bought. It is really nice to have a reference about some of the parts and pieces we all buy or are contemplating.

    They do indeed look good, they look like the seats pictured in the ‘79s in a Road and Track article. Nice job installing them, it is not an easy thing to do as you no doubt found out.

    Bringing the interior up to the standard of the exterior really makes the car come together.
     
  3. geekdaddy

    geekdaddy X1/9 Learner's Permit...

    Location:
    NH
    Hey that looks great! Likely a combination of (a) good workmanship on the covers by Vicks and (b) good work by you on installing them. I had a local upholstery shop fabricate and install my seat covers -- they did an ok job but I think yours have less wrinkles.
     
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  4. JimD

    JimD Waiting for Godot... Moderator

    Location:
    Missouri, USA
    Thanks geekdaddy,

    This upholstery is a very good fit. It is definitely a learning experience trying to get them to look like they should. I put the covers on, took them off, put them back on and still need one more attempt at the DS seat to get it right. It can wait till winter. :)
     
  5. Fiataccompli

    Fiataccompli Chris Granju

    Location:
    Knoxville, TN
    That's a tempting product for me. Having never accomplished anything positive with upholstery, I could enjoy the challenge. I have a perfect set of Bertone seats I could use for this and it would definitely be an improvement over the slightly mis-matched & repaired with zip ties (really..not by me, however) seats in my '85. The only, minor, grace of the current seats in that car is the amount of cloth vs. vinyl...living in the SE US, I can appreciate cloth seats in a car that does not have AC.
     
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  6. kmead

    kmead True Classic

    Location:
    Michigan
    Cloth for the win in any climate for me...
     
  7. stingray250

    stingray250 True Classic

    Location:
    USA
  8. JimD

    JimD Waiting for Godot... Moderator

    Location:
    Missouri, USA
    I looked at those, but after seeing them installed on an X on Ebay, I decided to keep looking. It could have been a poor install, but they seemed to be puckered all along the edge of the seat. You can kinda see the same effect in the eBay listing photos.
     
  9. kmead

    kmead True Classic

    Location:
    Michigan
    Those go over the outside of your existing covers so they are not exactly reupholstering your seats like the ones from Vick.
     
  10. Fiataccompli

    Fiataccompli Chris Granju

    Location:
    Knoxville, TN
    Wait, a newbie type question here, but since seats changed a bit over the years, will the Vicks upholstery fit all years? I'm guessing if I cover some, they'll be Bertone seats...but, heck, I may still opt for some of the cool retro racing seats from ebay...
     
  11. JimD

    JimD Waiting for Godot... Moderator

    Location:
    Missouri, USA
    The Vicks description says 79-88. The seat shape has stayed basically the same since 79. I have read that the thickness of the seat bottom changed to be thinner/lower in the later models. My car is an 85 and the upholstery fit really well IMHO.
     
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  12. elderair

    elderair True Classic

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    Had my 77 X seats done a few years back. Not by me, however! Nice job Jim!
     
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