Web Site Special from The Roadster Factory
SEAT FRAME TACKING STRIP KITS, TR2, TR3, TR4
"Developed by TRF to Allow You to Restore Your Seats to Original
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.
Tacking Strip Kit,
Type 1 as illustrated;
includes seven pieces plus split rivets and tacks
Tacking Strip Kit,
Type 2 as illustrated;
includes four pieces plus split rivets and tacks
TYPE 1 SEAT STYLE
TYPE 2 SEAT STYLE
TACKING STRIP BEING INSTALLED
ON THE SEAT BACK
TACKING STRIP INSTALLED ON
THE SEAT BASE