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My son has a 1965 VW Bus that he is restoring. Last spring he asked me if I could build some seats for the rear of the bus and upholster them. Since I taught myself how to do some upholstery work when I recently restored a 1961 Lonestar boat I said ok I’d give it a go. He is very creative and came up with the License Plates covering the seat bases. I think it turned out pretty good.

He bought some seats out of an old camper bus and we started from there. It had one jump seat so I built another to match.

Made the first seat Plate!

Jump Seat 1 Done!

Fold Down Bench Seat Wood Working Done!

Begin making the big cushions for the Fold down Bench seat both bottom and Back!

Bench Seat Done and Looking Good!

Time to start on the Up front Bucket Seats. That Nasty Green has Got to GO!!!!

Now THAT”S more like it!!!!

It’s good to have friends! My home machine would not do a good job of sewing pleats in the heavy vinyl. I made a friend when restoring my boat and he started an upholstery business a bought a heavy duty upholstery machine. I drove to Arkansas to visit for 3 days and took the vinyl along with me to sew the pleats. As you can see it worked great!!!

Front Buckets Done!!!

Here she is all done. It’s far from being a Professional Job but a lot better than what it was. He’s taken it camping with his son and said it worked out great and was very comfortable. I really like the License plates and the B/W floor. For a 65’ I think she’s a Beaut’ Had a lot of fun working with my son and Grandson on this project. Wouldn’t have traded this time for anything!!!!

-- Still got all my Fingers!!!

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#1 posted 269 days ago

Groovy man !.... Excellent work….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#2 posted 269 days ago

Far Out Man! Came out great.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 269 days ago


-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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#4 posted 269 days ago

Way Cool,well done.I owned a Custom Van shop for 12 years back in the 70’s-80’s.This project reminded me of those days..Thanks for posting…

-- Dennis Stallings; I am what I am,And that's all what I am...

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#5 posted 269 days ago

Very Nice Work!! Brings back Memories.

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#6 posted 269 days ago

I Love those old vehicles. Looks like you did nice job.All it needs is a few Daisies on the outside ?

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 269 days ago

Cool is the word!

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#8 posted 269 days ago

very creative. That is one cool bus

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#9 posted 269 days ago

Peace Out.

-- We must all walk our own green mile

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#10 posted 269 days ago

Nice job on the upholstery. That looks like a really comfy van. Great for camping.

I wish I had a sewing machine like that in my shop. It’s all in having the right tools.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#11 posted 269 days ago

totaly tubeular dude! well done

-- Mcgyver

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-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 269 days ago

Great Job, brings back memories. I owned a 66 VW bus back in the early 70’s. I used to surf and it was the thing to own for us surfers back then.

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#15 posted 269 days ago

Nice job on the seats. Looks like you’ll be working on the head liner next. :)

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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