The exciting restoration project continues on our 1958 Jaguar XK150. This week the interior has been with our expert trim shop who have been working on the seats, and other interior panels.
Brian starts by cutting the foam to the right size for the front seat squab frame. “I then mark where the cover needs to sit” Brian explains “gluing the cover into position, sticking the calico flap in place”.
Brian adds extra foam bolstering, to give the seat it’s comfortable shape. He then pulls the second calico flap over the frame and pulls the cover into position.
Brian then begins gluing and stapling the top and side of the cover onto the frame. “I’ve glued the bottom edge of the outer side of the frame” he explains “gluing the outer flap, then tucking in the piping and gluing the inner flap”.
Brian then staples the inner edge and bottom flap neatly into place, carefully hiding the glue and staples from view.
The back of the chairs is next up, where Brian tacks the fabric to the back of the frame. “I’ve made the side and top panels out of mill board” he tells us “finishing them off by covering them with vinyl”.
He then screwed the top and side panels into place.
Some other interior panels have also has Brian’s magic touch. Including the boot hinge cover, the transmission inspection plate and the petrol pipe cover. All hand crafted and finished in a matching vinyl.
All these sections and the seats are now ready to be fitted back into the car. How sharp does this interior work look?
Our Jaguar XK150 is in the trim shop this week having it’s seats re-upholstered and new foam fitted.
Our clever classic car technician Brian has been building the seats. “I added the backseats foam to the wooden boards” he describes “then pulled the cover over tight, stapled it into place and cut off the excess.”
Next up, Brian moved onto the central armrest. “I glued the cover to the armrest board” he explains “ensuring I’ve lined up the flutes centrally.” Brian’s left some flaps of material loose so once it’s fitted into the car they can be glued to secure the armrest in place.
He’s then done something similar with the base of the seat, gluing foam to the wood and securing the cover over the top. He’s marked a centre line on the cover and foam to ensure they line up, then glued the flap under the bolster.
“I then pulled the cover round tightly” Brian tells us “again stapling in place a very neatly trimming off any excess leather.”
And there they are! Some gorgeous grey leather seat for the Jaguar XK150, all ready to seat their first passengers.
Arriving into our paint-shop mid October we have our Jaguar XK150 body to be prepared and painted ready for assembly. The car is currently owned by a very talented motor technician who we have known for many years so the restoration works will be carried out by himself.
The running gear is already refurbished so just waiting on the freshly painted body to be completed so the final stages of rebuild can proceed.