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Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
« Reply #30 on: 29 April 2020, 20:08 »
Stunning work as always sir! Those door cards came out so well  :cool:
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Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
« Reply #31 on: 30 April 2020, 17:27 »
Stunning work as always sir! Those door cards came out so well  :cool:

Thanks John. Yeah they really did come out better than I thought they would.

I am creating short videos of process of Recaro rebuilds, part 1 here, I will do more videos with voice over on step by step stages, but also give shorter videos of just photo stages.

Part 1 of Recaro seat tear down and rebuild - https://youtu.be/U8pi0dPUUjw
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Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
« Reply #32 on: 15 May 2020, 06:14 »
One area of pain for the last week has been how do I figured out how to remove the lovely plastic lever handles on Recaro seats. I know this works for mk1 and mk2 VW seats as well (tested it out) might work for later model VW too but that would need to be validated.

Part: Seat Slider Handle part:171 881 253 (Plastic end piece)

If this part is warn out (most are) you can still get these online at various VW specialists or on fle—bay.

The challenge is how do you get the plastic lever off the metal rod without damaging both.

The part in question!


Solution:
The original knob is held on with a little metal clip inside. The clip helps it grip to the rod. It may take some pulling, but it should just pull off.

What I did was tape up the plastic lever and put foam around it, put it in a vise and pulled back and forth on the metal rod part and bingo, with few twists it comes off.

New part: you just push on the new part and you now have handle that looks new.
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Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
« Reply #33 on: 18 May 2020, 18:16 »
So managed to find time to focus on first Recaro seat;

Goal: 1. Check and fix foam. 2. Check and fix metal structure of seat. 3. install new seat covers

Overall Foam on Recaro seat was good except for few areas.
1. One upright back bolsters shot - require fixing with new foam
2. Base seat foam had split - required gluing
3. Base seat bolsters shot - bought new ones.
4. Head rest foam was perfect.

Overall I spent 2-3 hours working on below seat, mainly so I could take loads of photos for full write up I am doing and for video. Here is summary;

Before starting on fixing...


Cut bad foam out


I ordered high density foam, cut foam and glues three layers together. I use 3M 74 Foam glue.
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Start shaping the foam.. I use Carving knife - works perfect to cut foam.


Then moved onto using my air tool sander 1.5" diameter end.


Then using cheese greater for final shaping (this one is not taken from my kitchen... not sure cheese and foam go well?!)


To get to final shaping i made a template to check from one side to another.. for perfect finish - you go alone surface from back to front checking and take off foam where not needed. Also both sides are level in height too :thumbup:




Then moved onto cleaning up the Metal frame back, didn't take photos of this, but it had very little rust but I sanded and painted it anyhow.

Then installed the foam back to metal frame and added the backing on using 3M 74 Glue


Then installed the back new seat cover.


Then worked on back and base - I got into the zone for these and only did video for them, so here is the end result. No major repairs on foam, just install covers, put metal roads in and secure to foam and staple on the back


All the new covers, had a 1/2" foam on the inside, so the seats all have now a nice smooth extra feel to them.

I need to leave these out in the sun for few hours and then they are finished.

Next up new base bolsters and seat cover install and then add to main base and install in the car :D
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SOLD - BLACK SOY 92