In need of a break from blending lacquer into base coat, turned attention today to leather work.
I have been following a thread on TLF about leather restoration, with conclusion I'd take a punt with Leatherique products to try and put some life (and suppleness) back in the interior leather. Thought I'd start with Rejuventing and cleaning products, then move to recolouring later on, so today removed the rear seat squabs to see if this product really is as good as reputed, or whether I'm venturing into mission impossible. If you recall earlier pictures, seat exhibits the common problem of dried leather, broken stitching and hence result of gaps in 2 places in excess of 35 mm each !!!
Can this product really be good enough to allow such gaps to close - I'm doubtful,, but lets give it a go and see. The leather is so try currently, that it is not possible to close the gap AT ALL. I'm expecting to feed it every day for maybe the next week or so, then can assess whats likely. I have a contingency plan if needed
- Watch this space !!!
True to title of this thread, removing rear seats generated at least 2 other issues. One was pretty predictable, when the lower seat belt bolt tore the end plate out of the ferrous sandwich that once formed the belt anchorages.
Jacked car up : Wheel wouldn't come off initially ( Cleaned up and plenty of copper grease on it now) : then resorted straight to the slitting disc to cut the seat belt lower bolt through. Quite relieved I know the seat belt arrangement from my Elite. I would have been very concerned without this knowledge thinking it was something serious tearing off the chassis as I heard the rust crunch and fold as I tried undoing the bolt.
Feel a donation coming the Excels way from the Elite for these seat belt plates ( Passenger side bolt came out surprisingly, but it's still more rust than steel, so best change the pair). Ironically, the Elite is early enough not to need rear seat belts, so I'm a little surprised they even bothered to fit them.
I wonder what the next week or so holds in store ?????
What goes together.... Must come apart.