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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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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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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.

Jim

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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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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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What material is this?

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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.

Dennis

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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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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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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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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.

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