The interior of our 1965 Ford F-100 is already starting to come around. We have just finished our gauge cluster, which is now ready to go back into the dash. The next step for us will be to redo the factory bench seat. When we removed the original seat from the truck, we noticed that there was little left that we could salvage of the original foam. So we trashed it and began looking on the Internet for an aftermarket replacement.
After a lot of searching we realized that at the present time there is just not any readily available. So we're going to have to go old school on this one and cut and shape our own foam cushions. The good news was that LMC Truck has a large assortment of original-style upholstery kits available for this year, which made getting our hands on some replacement vinyl easy.
We approached this project using simple tools that you would have around the house or garage. Yes, for cutting the foam you could go down and buy a high-dollar foam cutting tool. For cutting the fabric you could likewise go to the local upholstery store spend a small fortune on a pair of fabric shears, but unless your future plans include upholstering additional seats, there is no reason to be out the extra expense. Remember there are many ways to tackle this type of project, the main thing is that you locate a good dense foam that will provide years of comfort when out cruising.
For the installation we turned to Rusty Stallings, owner of Krusty's Kustoms in Azle, Texas. We have known Rusty for many years and he just recently opened a new shop. He heard about our newly acquired Ford truck and mentioned to us that if we ever needed help on a project to give him a shout. Once we got all of our parts together, we rang him up and he agreed to take an afternoon and walk us through re-covering the seat.
A shout-out needs to go to Jimmy Davis of JD's Glassworks in Lubbock, Texas, and Dooley Cameron of Dooley & Son Rods & Customs in Magnolia, Texas, who both took time away from what they were doing to answer my questions when it came to tracking down some replacement foam.