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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:55 am    Post subject: How do I separate the upper and lower portion of an early seat? Reply with quote

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I need to recover then but it appears these studs are pressed in to connect the upper and lower, however I find that unlikely. If so how do I reattach?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:57 am    Post subject: Re: How do I separate the upper and lower portion of an early seat? Reply with quote

I replaced my covers without separating the back from the seat. Those look like big rivets to me. Can of worms that might be better off closed.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:59 am    Post subject: Re: How do I separate the upper and lower portion of an early seat? Reply with quote

They are indeed big rivets, and stepped as well, I've seen them replaced with bolts and nylock nuts but the seat's are never the same.
You can do the job with it assembled.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:01 am    Post subject: Re: How do I separate the upper and lower portion of an early seat? Reply with quote

you can do it without pulling the top off the bottom. Be sure to check carefully for broken welds while the covers are off.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:10 am    Post subject: Re: How do I separate the upper and lower portion of an early seat? Reply with quote

And watch out for those nasty pointy retainer tabs or you'll bleed all over your new seats.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:57 am    Post subject: Re: How do I separate the upper and lower portion of an early seat? Reply with quote

Ok ill leave them together then. I have removed the fabric and it appears that most of the tabs are intact. Thanks for the advice.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:08 pm    Post subject: Re: How do I separate the upper and lower portion of an early seat? Reply with quote

I cheated. blew the rivets out and used stainless button head bolts. I have done it with the seat together but I decided to pop them apart. made it easier for sand blasting too
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