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    Quote Originally Posted by 85CougarCobra View Post
    Yes ... I have ... but it might depend on your particular set up. The old XR-7 sport seats that I had were a plain charcoal cloth and then the inserts on them were a lighter gray cloth (not charcoal) with the waffle pattern.

    I reached out to SMS Auto Fabrics: https://www.smsautofabrics.com/

    I asked them to provide me samples of all of the OE charcoal material that they had for an '85 Cougar and this is what they sent me. I ended up purchasing some of the charcoal waffle pattern material to recover the side fabric inserts in the back seat.
    item B you show in the pic,,, if that was in tan, that would make a great 20th anny substitute!

    nice work !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Once the center pull rod is in place, you'll move to the front of the seat to install the front pull rod. Basically the exact same principle ... you'll have to cut an opening in either end of the looped fabric that is stitched into this area and then slide the rod that was removed from the factory upholstery into place. You'll hog ring this rod in three places as well and it will actually connect to a metal rod that runs left to right on the top of the seat base frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcassity View Post
    item B you show in the pic,,, if that was in tan, that would make a great 20th anny substitute!

    nice work !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yeah, I feel for you. Finding a single year offering fabric (let alone 20+ years old) is probably a challenge.

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    With the center and front rods attached, it's on to the left and right sides. The first thing to pay attention to is the metal loops at the back of each side of the foam. When you install the side rods, they slide into their fabric loop channels at the front on the seat, pass all the way through them, exit at the back of the seat, and then pass under these metal loops. I took these pictures before starting to install the upholstery.
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    Slide the side rods from front to back through the fabric loop channels on either side. Once they start to exit the back of the fabric channel, you want to angle them through the metal loops in the back of the seat foam.
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    With the side rods run through their fabric loop channels and under the metal loops in the back of the foam, it's time to come back to the front of the seat and attach the "L" shaped part of the rod to the seat base frame. The slide rods will be angled up at the front due to the downward angle you need to to get them into the metal loop in the back. Just use some force to push them down and reuse the original metal clamps (or new hog rings) to reattach both sides. This process will pull the fabric tight into the side channels along the bolsters that run from front to back. At this point, the upholstery is essentially attached. The next step is to start rolling the upholstery over the front part of the bolsters. You just have to depress the foam and gently work everything into place so that it is nice and snug. Now things are starting to take shape!
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    After you get the upholstery rolled over the bolsters and around all the sides, flip the seat bottom over and install the plastic clips starting at the back. Once the back clip is installed, move to each of the sides.
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    After the foam and upholstery is installed it's time to reinstall the tubing and electrical connections for the lumbar. The tubing will need to come up and pass through the foam and upholstery. I marked a spot between the the two rear inboard springs. From there I ran a screwdriver through the foam and poked it through the upholstery. I rolled the rear of the upholstery back up during this process for a picture of the first seat to try to demonstrate the process, but didn't on the second seat.
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    After you get the hole punctured for the tubing, make sure you get everything reattached and snugged back up. Now, it's time to move to the side bracket where the lumbar switch goes. You'll be able to feel (and see) where the switch needs to go. Take a razor blade and cut an opening in the middle of the void in the center of the bracket. After this is cut, take a pair of scissors and open up the hole to match the opening in the bracket underneath the upholstery. With this opened up enough, you can run the switch and tubing down through the opening and route it along the inside of the seat frame.
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