2004 reupholstery of seats

Joined
Dec 28, 2021
Thunderbird Year
2004
So yesterday I went to get started on my re-upholstery project and here is what I learned. Both seats have air bags in them which means the new covers must be made by a federally certified company with a 10 million dollar liability insurance policy of which there are several. Turns out there is special thread and/or stitching that allows the airbags, located in each of the outside bolsters to deploy. Now we have to find one that color matches the Pacific Coast colors, etc. Easier said than done so color and texture samples and are on the way and additional research on options such as leather and vinyl and who might have a pair in stock. Lots of questions and answers coming. Stand by.
 
Joined
Jul 24, 2018
Thunderbird Year
2004
I too have a PCR. I’m very interested in reading about your progress with your reupholstering project. I will be facing the same problem before too long as our T’bird car ages.
 
Joined
Dec 28, 2021
Thunderbird Year
2004
So yesterday I went to get started on my re-upholstery project and here is what I learned. Both seats have air bags in them which means the new covers must be made by a federally certified company with a 10 million dollar liability insurance policy of which there are several. Turns out there is special thread and/or stitching that allows the airbags, located in each of the outside bolsters to deploy. Now we have to find one that color matches the Pacific Coast colors, etc. Easier said than done so color and texture samples and are on the way and additional research on options such as leather and vinyl and who might have a pair in stock. Lots of questions and answers coming. Stand by.
So, we got some samples but they are tiny. Also, found another vendor that makes seat covers for retrobirds including allowing for air bags. Colors only on their website so I call them. So, both vendors have been asked to provide 6" x 6" samples of light and dark grey in three different materials; leather, faux leather and vinyl. Will take a week. They do not make a cover for the Pacific Coast Roadster. So we may have to un stitch the inner panels, make our own in a proper color and stitch them in. Upholsterer guy says easy - peasy. Stand by.
 
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