SHOPPING GUIDE, 2018
INSIDE THE CAR
© The Roadster Factory
SEAT FRAME TACKING STRIP KITS, TR2, TR3, TR4
“Developed by TRF to Allow You to Restore Your Seats to
Seats fitted to the TR2, TR3, and early TR4 models had their origins in the
carriage industry. Seat padding consisted of horsehair, cotton wadding, and hessian,
what we know as burlap. While some glue is used, much of the upholstery is
secured to the seat frames using very small trimmer's tacks hammered into wooden
tacking strips. Tacking strips are secured to the seat frames with split rivets. When
the tacks are hammered through the tacking strips, the ends of the each tack curl
against the metal of the seat frame, creating a barb which prevents the tack from
pulling back through the tacking strip.
On the fixed (non-folding) seat, the upholstery is pulled down over the seat back
and is tacked to strips found on the bottom of the seat pan and on the inside contour
of the seat frame.
Only one tacking strip is used on the folding seat. It is located on the lower
edge of the seat back to secure the seat upholstery with tacks.
Tacking strips are made from a special plywood material and each kit listed
below includes tacking strips for one pair of seats. Each kit also includes trimmer's
tacks and split rivets.
Two tacking strip kits are listed below. We have found that there are two
variations in fixed seat pans. Most of the early seats that we have seen have four
indentions across the seat pan, while the TR4 seats and some TR3 seats are plain
across the bottom. Photos of each type are provided below. Please choose the kit
that is appropriate for your seat.
No.Off List Price Sale Price
Tacking Strip Kit,
Type 1 as illustrated;
includes seven pieces plus split rivets
Tacking Strip Kit,
Type 2 as illustrated;
includes four pieces plus split rivets
SEAT FRAME TACKING STRIP KITS, TR2, TR3,
TYPE 1 SEAT STYLE
TYPE 2 SEAT STYLE
TACKING STRIP BEING INSTALLED
ON THE SEAT BACK
TACKING STRIP INSTALLED ON
THE SEAT BASE
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