My Coupe Project, back to the future.....

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Re: Life after My Coupe Project, continuing the Datsun dream

Post by Byron510 » 20 Jan 2013 07:47

Awesome job Rich, is this really as straight forward as you make it look? Or are you just naturally talented at picking up new trades in a matter of weeks?

I can't wait to see what you do on the truck seat. Keep us posted.

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Re: Life after My Coupe Project, continuing the Datsun dream

Post by goichi1 » 20 Jan 2013 09:18

Byron, it's like anything, it goes one step at time. It's kind of like a puzzle, it has to be sewn together in specific order, once you figure that out, it's not hard at all. There are times when you have to "walk" the machine one stitch at a time to get through a hard spot like a corner, but over all I would rank this project about a level of difficulty of 5 or 6 on a scale of 1 to 10.

I cut open the first big back cushion to see how it was put together, then measured everything and traced the original material on to the new material, then started sewing it together. I learned fast that using striped material is more difficult than using a busy print because you have to line up all the stripes. Using reference marks cut into the material it's much easier to keep an eye on line up as you go,

....and like any thing else, you have to be able to visualize how it's going to look once it's all put together, it's a little tricky because you are doing everything inside out. I did have to rip out more than one seam to get it right. But it's like most lessons learned, you usually don't make the same mistake twice.....
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Re: Life after My Coupe Project, continuing the Datsun dream

Post by goichi1 » 20 Jan 2013 09:36

Also, as with any job, having the right tool makes things much more pleasant to do. like making the welting, or piping that goes around the cushions, they make a special foot for the machine that has a half round groove that rides or follows the cord in the material, this makes it really easy to sew the folded material around the string. Everything gets a half inch seam allowance, so when making the welting you want a half inch of material from the stitch to the outside edge of fabric, this makes it easy to sew the welting to the cushion panel and then the two panels together.
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Re: Life after My Coupe Project, continuing the Datsun dream

Post by goichi1 » 20 Jan 2013 09:46

In order to maintain the half inch seam allowance I put that piece of black tape measured half inch from the needle, this is a simple guide to follow while you are trying to keep everything else lined up. I learned all this on you tube before I started sewing!! A big help!!

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Re: Life after My Coupe Project, continuing the Datsun dream

Post by goichi1 » 20 Jan 2013 09:52

Byron, I think those cakes that you make are much harder than covering this chair!! you should post a few pics of those, they are def a fine work of art!! :D

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Re: Life after My Coupe Project, continuing the Datsun dream

Post by StrutlessWonder » 20 Jan 2013 13:53

Looking great Rich!
Nice work, as usual, and thiose stripes really line up well.
Bent or broken any needles yet? :wink:
Using heavy-duty upholstery thread, I hope.

One quick note: Looking at the shot of your zipper piece, it appears your thread tension setting might be a tad off. Have you had to adjust your tension depending on the material type and thickness?
I always try to sew a piece of scrap to get the thread tension right beforehand to avoid ripping out my work.
But this is picking nits.
Again, really nice work!
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Re: Life after My Coupe Project, continuing the Datsun dream

Post by goichi1 » 20 Jan 2013 20:48

Yea, thread tension is a little tricky to get right, that was a little tight, it's the bobbin tension that's hard to nail down. I haven't broken any needles yet, but I am pretty slow, I try not to let the machine take off on me. I tend to walk it through the really thick stuff too. I am using pretty good thread, I can't remember right off the size but its pretty strong.....not cotton for sure. I think it's bonded poly, but let me check.....

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Re: Life after My Coupe Project, continuing the Datsun dream

Post by goichi1 » 27 Jan 2013 11:26

So yesterday I was at a local Thrift store as I am not to proud to buy someone else's junk, I found this, a vintage NAPA Balcamp creeper, got it for 10 bucks, threw it in the van and brought it home, cleaned it up and recovered the head rest then hung it on the garage wall, I like it so much I might start using it!! it's in excellent shape too. I'm not sure how old it is, but it's got to be from the 60's or 70's?? It's cool nonetheless.....
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Re: Life after My Coupe Project, continuing the Datsun dream

Post by 510wizard » 27 Jan 2013 12:17

Hey, where did you get that banner? I need to do some decorating in the new hanger.
Nice score on that creeper!

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Re: Life after My Coupe Project, continuing the Datsun dream

Post by goichi1 » 27 Jan 2013 12:42

I got it on ebay I think, or there was a guy on here a long time ago selling them. it was cheap too....cant remember but I'm sure it was on here for sale. It's really thin rayon or nylon material.

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Re: Life after My Coupe Project, continuing the Datsun dream

Post by goichi1 » 27 Jan 2013 12:42

Post some pics of the new place! I'm sure it's nice. I also got this too add to my arsenal!! I gotta get to work building a cart for it, I kinda want to put them all on one cart, but not sure yet, I'm looking for ideas. Miller 211 Autoset, it welds nice too!!
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Re: Life after My Coupe Project, continuing the Datsun dream

Post by goichi1 » 27 Jan 2013 21:34

Here goes the next project......welding cart madness!! I started tonight and decided to use what I have here, that a bunch of nice 1.5" square SS, I started by figuring out how big I wanted it, then just started cutting.....I want to be able to put everything on it, but not sure it that's going to happen or not. I'll post as I progress on this. It's going to take a little while to finish. Here's tonight's fun!

....as far as a plan, there is none, just building it as I go, feel free to enlighten me on ideas that could really benefit the finished product!! I'm thinking the standard cart that holds all the crap that goes along with welding, all the cables, pedals, filler rods, ect...so it's going to be fun building this!

dimensions so far are 30" long by 20" wide, I'll drop a shelf off the back for the bottles so I don't have to lift them up so high to load them. It'll have two shelves, bottom will hold the TIG and cooler side by side, and the middle will hold the MIG and maybe the plasma cutter. Then just hang cables on the sides, the top will hold all the other crap like gloves, hood, consumables....I'd also like to incorporate a drawer in it somewhere but not sure yet.
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Re: Life after My Coupe Project, continuing the Datsun dream

Post by 510wizard » 28 Jan 2013 08:07

I will start a new thread on the "hanger".
Hey, make a space for the Hypertherm plasma too, a complete welding and cutting center!

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Re: Life after My Coupe Project, continuing the Datsun dream

Post by goichi1 » 28 Jan 2013 08:59

Yeap, that's the plan, I think i'll have room to put it beside the MIG, or behind it. I just hope I have enough space between the TIG and Cooler for ventilation, I think I only have a few inches, but should be fine. It vents from both sides.

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Re: Life after My Coupe Project, continuing the Datsun dream

Post by 510wizard » 28 Jan 2013 09:08

goichi1 wrote:Yeap, that's the plan, I think i'll have room to put it beside the MIG, or behind it. I just hope I have enough space between the TIG and Cooler for ventilation, I think I only have a few inches, but should be fine. It vents from both sides.
I think that for the stuff you're doing, not 100% duty cycle, that the cooler would be fine. My cooler doesn't even get warm.

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