I have a 1927 Model T. The bottom portion of the seat has been reupholstered prior to my purchase, but not the back. The bottom seems much easier to remove, so they probably only did that. I want to redo the entire seat (back and bottom) along with the door panels and such. My question is how do you remove the back portion of the seat? Does the top need to be removed in order to do the back seat? if so, how hard is the top to remove and reinstall? Thanks.
Replacing is just removing the old. Get a tack puller or small flat blade screwdriver and pliers, and go at it.
The Hidem welting is removed first to expose the top rear curtain, remove the tacks of the curtain, and the tacks that hold the strapping of the rear bow to the tack strip. Then remove the tacks all away around the backrest upholstery to remove.
Yes, the rear curtain of the top must be removed to replace the backrest upholstery. There will be more room to maneuver with the top completely off the runabout. Or you can do it with the top on and the rear curtain fully loose around the backside of the tub.
Some earlier posts may help:
This does help tremendously Dan. Thank you! One follow up question for you, though. How is the top removed to better access the seat for reinstallation? Thanks again.
Remove the top in the same manner you would lower it.
Loosen completely the two windshield clamps. Then remove the top iron round nuts on the brackets that hold the top iron to the top rods sticking out from the door edges.
Now remove the hidem welting, tacks are inside this split welting, around the tub and then pull all the tacks to free up the rear curtain and bow straps.
Pull away the top irons from the top rods.
The entire top will come off, it's a two person job to lift it free.
Runabout top is made of two parts, the top cover from the rear bow to the front bow, and the rear curtain, from the rear bow to the backrest tack strip.
The rear bow is secured with two webbing strips also, to hold the tension.
Rear curtain tacked in place, its the first piece to put on to recover a top. Note the tacks holding it to the wood strip around the back rail of the body. These are the tacks you have to remove.
With care you can remove and replace the top this way.