Re: [DML] Re: Ripples or No Ripples?
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Re: [DML] Re: Ripples or No Ripples?

I can probably add something here... TrimTech, the original comapany who
supplied the covers to the factory are still alive under a different
name in Belfast. I sent my seats off to them for recover the year I
bought my #1458. They made up covers to the original patterns, adjusted
to my seats. I was told that the original intent was to ripple the
centre sections but keep the outer sections smooth. The sides were made
of Vinyl because it allowed stretch to cover the variation between seats.

You can have a look at the job they did here (apologies for the format,
that's how I was sent it!)

The grey seat belonged to a friend of mine, mine's the black one, and a
quick note: The photo was taken immediately after fitting. The foam soon
expanded and took out any looseness in the headrest, base etc. The
binnacle is also mine.

I bought #1458 with 2353 miles on it. EVERYTHING almost without
exception on the car was original but neglegted. So why were my seats
100% vinyl? You can see this in the "before" photo.

#1458 (raring to go for Eurofest!)
#4426 (raring to go for Eurofest!)

James Espey wrote:

 >Absolutely no doubt, the seats should have ripples, and did come with
 >ripples when the car was new. I beg to differ with Jack here, as I
 >can't imagine a car that has been stored indoors its entire life NOT
 >having ripples. Here's a photo of a NOS seat bottom I just pulled from
 >the warehouse and dusted off:
 >I wouldn't hazard to guess what makes the leather shrink like the ones
 >in most DeLoreans today - UV, heat, cold, age? But the remaining NOS
 >ones here in the warehouse would suffer only from age - and they
 >aren't shrunk. Anyone who was at the KAPAC warehouse knows that it was
 >not temperature controlled, though everything was protected from
 >sublight. Same way here in Houston...
 >The photo on page 103 of SSI shows an interior - and it's partially
 >rippled, which incidentally is how the new seat covers look after
 >they've been in service for some time. A few pages earlier, on 101,
 >shows the grey seats with ripples, too.
 >James Espey
 >DMC (Texas)

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