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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-16-2019, 04:49 AM Thread Starter
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upholstering rear bulkhead question

As I'm redoing the carpeting in my car I decided to do the rear bulkhead behind the seats in leather. Has anybody accomplished this in one piece? It's looking super nice right to the beginning of the transmission tunnel...now I'm stuck! I can't make the curves down to the floor, so I'm thinking there's maybe a trick to this OR it's not going to happen and I need a seam somewhere. If a seam is the million dollar answer...Where is the best spot to put it?

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Google Tennessee Tim, he did a leather or vinyl bulkhead. His build may give you some ideas. His website detailed his build.


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I did it on my MK 3 and it was a pain. I had to enlist the help of my wife and we spent half a day attempting to get the diamond stitched leather to match up and fit around the curves. We used a 3M adhesive to attach the leather to the aluminum and cut out sections of the leather to reduce bunching due to bends in the aluminum. In retrospect, if doing it again, I would take it to an upholstery shop and have the experts fiddle with it for hours. What a PIA.

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Google Tennessee Tim, he did a leather or vinyl bulkhead. His build may give you some ideas. His website detailed his build.
From the build threads I bookmarked: 14 Jan 13 update: Home and Post #82: https://www.ffcars.com/forums/17-fac...-thread-2.html

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Google Tennessee Tim, he did a leather or vinyl bulkhead. His build may give you some ideas. His website detailed his build.
Thanks for the info, it was half leather/vinyl half carpet. There was a good picture of where he made his seam, so that was at least helpful to reinforce how I had it visualized.
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I did it on my MK 3 and it was a pain. I had to enlist the help of my wife and we spent half a day attempting to get the diamond stitched leather to match up and fit around the curves. We used a 3M adhesive to attach the leather to the aluminum and cut out sections of the leather to reduce bunching due to bends in the aluminum. In retrospect, if doing it again, I would take it to an upholstery shop and have the experts fiddle with it for hours. What a PIA.
That's the problem, the bunching! I think if I made a seam I should be able to get the second half without an issue...I hope.
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Around the transmission tunnel will need some creativity. Use paper and play around with different cutting and wrapping.

Throw the seats in and look at what’s visible, a lot of sin disappears behind the seats if they are like mine and jammed tight to the bulkhead.

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From the build threads I bookmarked: 14 Jan 13 update: Home and Post #82: https://www.ffcars.com/forums/17-fac...-thread-2.html

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I came across the thread last night, However, thank you so much for taking the time to look that up and link it here for me...I do appreciate that.
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Throw the seats in and look at what’s visible, a lot of sin disappears behind the seats if they are like mine and jammed tight to the bulkhead.
YES!!! That's my saving grace at this point.
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No worries mate; just glad to help.


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looking at Tim's build, do you guys believe he got the diamond stitching pattern just by using spray adhesive and pushing the leather into the recesses he cut out in the foam? Looks stitched from far away.

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looking at Tim's build, do you guys believe he got the diamond stitching pattern just by using spray adhesive and pushing the leather into the recesses he cut out in the foam? Looks stitched from far away.
I would say no. I have diamond patterns in my trans tunnel and seats...there's no way adhesive would hold for the long run in that many creases.
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My rule of thumb is to have leather where you touch and vinyl everywhere else. Besides the cost difference, the modern vinyls look and almost feel like leather. The big deal is that vinyl comes in large sheets that are much easier to work with and the maintenance of vinyl is almost none. I have to treat leather at lease yearly to keep it up. I would not like to remove the seats to treat leather back there. YMMY.
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