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motherone
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:36 am    Post subject: Rear Seat TMI Covers Reply with quote

I am still working on my 67 - the TMI seat covers came with the car and the seats were out when I purchased it. The front back covers don't fit properly either (I'm thinking the PO bought an earlier year interior). But I will save that for another post!

Now I am trying to install the new covers and I'm wondering what this metal tab is on the back of the bottom rear seat (see pix) and why does my new seat cover have the seam in the front middle of the bottom rear seat - it looks awful...? Does the tab fit into the car to hold the seat in place? I do have the divider bar for the front of the rear seat to rest on. What's the best way to work around the tab when hogringing the cover to the frame?

Thanks for any help!

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That flat piece is for locking the back seat into place.
I'm doing the interior in my 73' super right now and it has that piece also. I believe you just have to work around it.
But I don't remember if the earlier bug had that piece. To me it seems like they didn't. Confused
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, that must have started in 67. I might ty this:

Locate where a cut-hole would need to be that would allow that tab to stick out, and allow the correct positioning on the seat frame.

Go to a fabric or vinyl shop and get a similar color of vinyl and a good vinyl adhesive (like you might find in a vinyl repair kit), and cut a rectangular patch just larger than the cut will need to be from your new material. Apply the adhesive and place the patch where your cut will be. Let it dry.

Make your cut, and with an upholstery needle and some heavy string, reinforce the ends of your cuts, to avoid splitting in the future.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently recovered my rear seats in my '67 sedan from TMI and there was no seam down the front of the upholstery, but that could be based on the fabric / style choice I selected.

This is what my seat frame looked like in my '67 (no-tab hanging off the frame):

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Here's a photo from the gallery showing a later model Super Beetle with the catch on the body for the metal tab on your frame. If it was me I would cut the tab off - the cover will fit properly and you won't accidentally rip your back rest when taking bottom out to access the battery:

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hopefully some 67 gurus will check...I sold my 67 in 2003 and never remember that tab...you may have a later model rear seat frame...
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