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On to the seat job, my wife is gonna try and do the stitching after I form the seat foam. Gonna do more of a thinner stock style seat. It’s on the original metal seat pan so it’ll need rivets right? When I do the rivets do I just go from the outside in through the vinyl on both sides keeping the rivet head exposed? Or can I “hide“ the rivet Somehow behind the vinyl?
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Letting the glue dry for now (y)
 

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You could likely drill the rim of the pan and use a pinch strap on the underside to hold the vinyl. Use appropriate binding post and they won't be noticeable under the seat cover. How was it attached from the factory? Post a couple pictures of the pan.
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the factory was riveted somehow under the foam while staying behind the vinyl. It’s like the backside of the rivet was exposed Under the seat But hidden on the outside. I like the pinch strap idea...
 

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The holes are there. I wouldn't bother with the strap, if they are evenly spaced around the perimeter, just use binding posts. Take the pan to a fastener shop and you can get the right dia/length.
Don't cut the holes in the vinyl use a paper hole punch. A clean circle won't tend to tear.
 

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You da man (y) :cool:
It might take a while to get the vinyl stiched up but I’ll report back with the finished product. Those binding posts are just what I had in mind, just didn’t know they existed haha
 

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Just glue it, that's what most upholsterers do. I sewed this seat cover up on a Singer treadle then glued it to the pan. When I got rid of the bike nine years later it was still good.
 

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