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Deluxe Seat Referbishment

Postby ricky racer » Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:24 pm

The '57 Lo-Boy that I bought last fall came with a boat seat in poor condition when I bought it. Not a big fan of boat seats on tractors, I planned on replacing it at some point. The previous owner took a torch to the bar that supports the backrest to get it out of the way of the boat seat but left the frame for the cushion. He welded some rails into the frame to allow bolting the boat seat in place.

I purchased another set of seat cushions form http://www.tractorpartsasap.com and highly recommend them both for the quality of the cushions and the customer service. I ordered them on Monday and they arrived on Wednesday. The only problem I had was there was no place to mount the backrest cushion. I contemplated buying a different seat frame but after checking prices, I changed my mind. I decided to fabricate my own backrest support. I considered trying to replicate the original but that looked like to much work. Having the look or the original didn't concern me I was only concerned that it look decent. After giving it some thought I decided to fabricate 2 brackets from sheet metal and weld them to the seat frame.

The previous owner hacked the former bracket off and in one location blew a section of the seat frame away. I cut out the bad section and welded in a patch.

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The brackets were formed from 14 gauge sheet steel.

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The brackets were welded to the seat frame shot with some IH red paint from a rattle can.

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Then installed the new cushions.

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With the seat installed on the Lo-Boy, I'm willing to bet that 99.9% of the people out there would never know it wasn't original. But I'd never fool the Cub guys here. :wink:

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Last edited by ricky racer on Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:34 pm, edited 4 times in total.
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Re: Deluxe Seat Refurbishment

Postby Rudi » Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:29 pm

Very slick Rick :D I like it :!:

Oh, fixed the busted tag...
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Re: Delux Seat Referbishment

Postby Winfield Dave » Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:32 pm

Nice work Ricky !!!
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Re: Deluxe Seat Referbishment

Postby cub 3 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:21 pm

Ricky,You the man.Nice looking job
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Re: Deluxe Seat Referbishment

Postby twotone » Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:09 am

Excellent job!
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Re: Deluxe Seat Referbishment

Postby randallc » Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:20 am

Yeah it looks great.
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Re: Deluxe Seat Referbishment

Postby danovercash » Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:36 am

Looks great! Now get some EMT and make the arm rests.
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Re: Deluxe Seat Referbishment

Postby Stanton » Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:49 am

Simple and functional...are you Amish? Seriously, great job and description!

Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Re: Deluxe Seat Referbishment

Postby PVF1799 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:36 am

Awesome effort, thanks for sharing. Curious if you've the brake needed to bend that steel?

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Re: Deluxe Seat Referbishment

Postby pickerandsinger » Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:05 am

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Re: Deluxe Seat Referbishment

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:07 am

Bob and the "correct Police" will have a fir! The rest of us like it! Ed
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Re: Deluxe Seat Referbishment

Postby Smokeycub » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:31 am

Stanton wrote:Simple and functional...are you Amish? Seriously, great job and description!

Thanks for sharing it with us.


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Re: Deluxe Seat Referbishment

Postby Barnyard » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:49 am

Very good solution, thanks for the idea. I added it to the How To forum.
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Re: Deluxe Seat Referbishment

Postby thiggy » Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:26 pm

Very professional job. I really wish that I had an opportunity to learn to weld!
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Re: Deluxe Seat Referbishment

Postby Goraidh (Jeff) » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:40 pm

Looks good, Ricky. Your skills continue to impress.
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