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Re: [T3] Seat Covers


As far as I know, the TIII seats are unique, no direct swaps.  That
said, my '71 SB had snap on back covers, obviously from some year of
Beetle.  The PO had used foam rubber to pad out around the headrest so
it didn't look too bad, although the covers were getting some cracks
and small rips in them when I re-covered the seats.  If you can find a
good set cheap in a junkyard, you could use them.  Otherwise, spending
money for non-fitting covers doesn't quite make sense.  You can get
good-quality TIII seat covers and everything you need from any number
of sources, cost is from about $50 for cheap stuff, on up.  The only
question is whether a PO changed out the seats for another year's.
Don't let the hog-ring thing slow you down, unless the old covers¦¯È\ally trashed, look at them for how the new ones go on.  The hog
rings just tie things together, you can use my old standby,
needle-nose vicegrips if you don't have the hog-ring pliers.  The only
snap on covers I've seen have just been for the backs and it's usually
the base that gets worn out worst.  It was a great relief when I
finally got that old horsehair out of there, duct-tape only does so
much.  Much more comfortable with a proper foam cushion in there.  If
and when you put new covers on, pick a day that's > 80 degrees, and
lots of sunshine, that heavy vinyl is hard to work with in colder
weather.

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