I removed the seats out of the Lusso I have at my shop.
The owner complained that the seats felt a little saggy and looking underneath, it was obvious what the problem was. Normally, I would take these seats to my upholsterer, but I have several projects in the queue and taking another project over to his shop will only delay the other interior work I need him to get started. One solution was to fix these seat myself. I learned a lot about upholstery years ago when I apprenticed with an upholsterer when I restored my car, and this job was easy enough to tackle at my shop. I ordered the webbing, hog rings, and looked in my tool box for my old pair of hog ring pliers. With supply chain issues, and slowdown of the workforce, I have to do what it takes to keep the progress moving forward!
The passenger seat wasn’t much better as the rubber webbing was hard as a rock and broken in several places.
I cut away the hog rings securing the leather cover to the seat to expose the attachment points of the webbing to determine how much of the seat I would have to disassemble to reattach new webbing.
New webbing and a bag of fabric reinforced webbing arrived in the mail, so I could start fixing these seats!
I ended up doubling the amount of webbing in the seat cushions to give the seat a little more support. From what I could see from the stretching of the old strapping, too much support was needed with the few straps that were used the last time around.
Working on these Lusso seats reminds me of who taught me about upholstery. Back in around 2000, I worked with Francois’ upholsterer Frank Segreto at a shop called East Coast Autotrim in New Rochelle NY. I offered to work at Frank’s shop once a week to trade him for time and expertise in refurbishing the interior of my 330 America. Through the process of learning about how a Ferrari interior was done, Frank and I became good friends. I learned a lot about leather, and how to make a show winning interior with Frank through bloody nail beds and stretching leather taught. Unfortunately, Frank died from a heart attack in 2009 after years of smoking and living in the fast lane. I was lucky to have known him, and will always remember the lessons he taught me. Thanks Frank.
Here’s the link to the Video I shot fixing the second pair of seats.