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Project by TaybulSawz posted 11-04-2013 05:27 PM 2971 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 11-04-2013 06:00 PM

Groovy man !.... Excellent work….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#2 posted 11-04-2013 06:20 PM

Far Out Man! Came out great.

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

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#3 posted 11-04-2013 07:02 PM


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

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#4 posted 11-04-2013 08:07 PM

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 11-04-2013 08:13 PM

Very Nice Work!! Brings back Memories.

-- If there was any Logic in this world .... it would be Men riding Side Saddle, Not Women!

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#6 posted 11-04-2013 09:12 PM

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 11-04-2013 09:30 PM

Cool is the word!

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

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#8 posted 11-04-2013 11:22 PM

very creative. That is one cool bus

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#9 posted 11-05-2013 12:47 AM

Peace Out.

-- We must all walk our own green mile

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#10 posted 11-05-2013 03:54 AM

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 11-05-2013 04:14 AM

totaly tubeular dude! well done

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#12 posted 11-05-2013 05:36 AM


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#13 posted 11-05-2013 11:27 AM


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

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#14 posted 11-05-2013 11:42 AM

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 11-05-2013 01:33 PM

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

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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