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Amazed and Help Decoding Factory Interior (Seat) Tags

trailerjack

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Boy, I would try to save that mat, someone out here would pay good money for that. I've never seen one of those in person before. Super rare for it to be in tact.
 

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Yeah, "intact" is the operative word for sure. Even the rear piece I have is not in great shape, and I retired it when it was less than 10 years old!
I've even been toying with the idea of buying a new black one, then using some parchment-clone vinyl/rubber paint over it. Then wipe it down to expose the high spots back to black.
The original had multi-hued highlights, but not sure how it was accomplished. Did Ford (or their vendor) simply dye the parchment ones to get the different Ranger colors?

Paul
 

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Awesome that mat is still in decent shape. ID definitely carefully pull that out and store it under a bed in the house. haha
 
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If it was me, I would remove the mat and preserve it. They can get crunchy. Your floors look great but the mats will capture moisture and cause rust if you ever do have a water leak. You will also find yourself constantly wondering what is going on under that mat if the carpet ever gets wet. Carpet, and mass backing can be easily dried without fully removing them but you would have to take the mat out to be sure no water was underneath.
The mass backing is usually made of recycled fabric so there is no telling what might be in it. It appears to be mostly cotton. Safest thing to prevent sticking might be some type of craft paper or a coated paper like butcher paper.
I figure that locating where I need to cut the holes in the new carpet for the seats, seat belts etc.. is pretty straight forward. The one carpet cut that has me scratching my head is the one for the J-Shifter. Aside from removing the shifter knob and boot, any suggestions or tricks for locating the spot on the new for the J-shifter will need to be cut?
 

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I figure that locating where I need to cut the holes in the new carpet for the seats, seat belts etc.. is pretty straight forward. The one carpet cut that has me scratching my head is the one for the J-Shifter. Aside from removing the shifter knob and boot, any suggestions or tricks for locating the spot on the new for the J-shifter will need to be cut?

It’s not too hard to do. You really have to do the shifter first. Don’t cut a circle out. Just cut an “x”. Then when you have it in and everything else cut and fitted, trim the hole out. That gives you some room to adjust if you are off a bit. Don’t trim your sides until you have all the holes cut and the seats and seatbelts installed. It’s even better to let it all settle for a day or two, in the heat if you have any…..
 
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I found some time over the weekend to pull the carpet, original rear mat and underlayment. Shockingly, much cleaner than I expected.

See the rear corners by the roll bar... As a preventative measure, would it be a good idea to brush on POR-15 to the seams that are showing surface rust?


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yes, always I say.
I don’t necessarily get all exotic with an encapsulator like POR 15, but at least something to stop the rust and then a quick shot of rust converting primer like that from rust oleum is actually quite long lasting.
 

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My rig ceases to amaze me. It’s been a never ending time capsule.

Getting ready to drop off my seats at the upholstery shop, this evening I removed the front seats and rear seat bench and seat back.

After I removed the rear seat back, I noticed that the seat cover was held together with hog rings. It seemed odd at the time but knew the original owner had them recovered. I pulled a few of the hog rings and found the original explorer upholstery in tact! I was blown away and every bit along the lines of how the original owner’s attention to preserving the rig over the years. See the first pic.

After I removed the driver’s seat, I flipped it over to remove the slider assembly and found the factory interior tags attached to the seat springs. I was blown away, again.

Does anyone know how to decode the factory interior tags?

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I have the exact set up in my 73 Exp, Blue on Blue. I've been trolling the internet to find a reputable shop to re-use the coth and re-do the vinyl.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

BP
 
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I have the exact set up in my 73 Exp, Blue on Blue. I've been trolling the internet to find a reputable shop to re-use the coth and re-do the vinyl.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

BP

Where are you located? Do you have the material?


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Where are you located? Do you have the material?


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Arkansas. All the cloth is in great shape, front driver vinyl is what needs attention; due to the PO's Skyjacker lift and exiting the rig without a manlift... lol

Rear bench is great, my concern is matching the vinyl color and having someone do it correctly!

I'll post up some pic's when I get back to the shop Saturday.

BP
 
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Arkansas. All the cloth is in great shape, front driver vinyl is what needs attention; due to the PO's Skyjacker lift and exiting the rig without a manlift... lol

Rear bench is great, my concern is matching the vinyl color and having someone do it correctly!

I'll post up some pic's when I get back to the shop Saturday.

BP

If you need OEM vinyl, call SMS Auto Fabrics. They should have the material in stock and can ship it to you.

Unfortunately, I can't help you with an upholstery shop in Arkansas, I'm in California.
 
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So today I “cleaned” the front and rear corners around the rim bar. Again, not what I was expecting. I’m just amazed at how clean it’s unfolding.

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sprdv1

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My rig ceases to amaze me. It’s been a never ending time capsule.

Getting ready to drop off my seats at the upholstery shop, this evening I removed the front seats and rear seat bench and seat back.

After I removed the rear seat back, I noticed that the seat cover was held together with hog rings. It seemed odd at the time but knew the original owner had them recovered. I pulled a few of the hog rings and found the original explorer upholstery in tact! I was blown away and every bit along the lines of how the original owner’s attention to preserving the rig over the years. See the first pic.

After I removed the driver’s seat, I flipped it over to remove the slider assembly and found the factory interior tags attached to the seat springs. I was blown away, again.

Does anyone know how to decode the factory interior tags?

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These rigs, amaze us all at different times and different ways lol
 

sprdv1

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Correct! This is the original ‘74 blue explorer interior with the houndstooth cloth inset. Explorer’s came with a color matched interior (dashboard, carpet, seats and door & quarter panels). Ford also offered a second cloth inset options, indian blanket in addition to the houndstooth.

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Too nice...
 

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yes, always I say.
I don’t necessarily get all exotic with an encapsulator like POR 15, but at least something to stop the rust and then a quick shot of rust converting primer like that from rust oleum is actually quite long lasting.

Definitely....
 

sprdv1

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Boy, I would try to save that mat, someone out here would pay good money for that. I've never seen one of those in person before. Super rare for it to be in tact.

that they do, amazing...
 
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