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Help cant get mb tex back on drivers seat back

I repaced the horsehair pads on my 72 280SEL. the seat bottom was a breeze but I cant get the last piece of cardboard in the slot on the seatback. It is like the pad is too big or the mb tex shrank If I compress the springs I can get the corner of the bottom in but the center is nowhere near fitting in the slot.

Help I cant seem to see how this is going to fit.

I get the pads from German Auto Tops could they be too big?


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Gotta just compress the springs and slid the strip in......best way is to lay the back on the floor on a blanket and step on the back of the seat, while you work the strip in....move you foot down to get it all in....its tough but can be done....just don't fear applying a lot of weight on the back...knee, have your kid/wife sit on it....just a lot of weight...
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I had my 15 year old son stand on the two black bars you can see in the pic and the springs bottomed out and till did not come close. I will try with the old pad and see if that will fit. it seems that the MB tex is not on the seat back where it needs to be for the holes for the bolts that attached to the seat bottom its off like a 1/2 inch. it needs to be on the frame in a different way ot the pad is too big.

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I will try with the old pad and see if that will fit.
I think this will solve the mystery for you but may I also ask if the pieces were all stored at the same temperature before you tried putting it all together?
Assuming that doesn't solve the issue, there are a couple of options. If the pad was indoors and the seat frame was out in a cold garage for example then it's possible to create enough of a differential in size to give you even more grief. Maybe you can also fit something like painters tape or similar that will give a smoother surface where they slide in, or even "grease" when the pad bit slides into the rails with something that is slick but won't harm the surface, like the MB seat protectant that's similar to armor all.

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I had both the pads and the seat in the same room for the last week so temp differance not an issue.

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Gotta just compress the springs and slid the strip in......its tough but can be done....just don't fear applying a lot of weight on the back...knee, have your kid/wife sit on it....just a lot of weight...
I have an ex wife with a lot of weight that you could use

With the rectangular portion off, compress the springs and tie them down (I used high gage fishing line, but about anything can be used)(the springs are pretty strong, BTW).

Once you have the seat back secured, you just cut the lines one by one and you're good.
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Well I put the old pad on the frame and it took all of 5 mins to get the seat cover back on. all the holes lined up and it went on easy.

Grube guy; I tried everything from tieing the springs down and having my son stand on it. The pad will not fit or I cannot get it to fit either way it is going back to German Auto tops and I will use the old pad. Its is not that bad.


The real problem with the seat back is that two of the screws that hold that back to the bottom have sheared off. Both of the middle ones so the seat back was kind of pivoting and that's why I was getting the movement in the seat back. I thought the pad had broken down.

So I drilled out the screw and nut replaced it with a hardened bigger bolt and now its all back together and looking good.

thanks guys for the sugestions

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Another trick, if you felt like trying again....is use a hair drier to heat the vinyl....this will cause the vinyl to soften and allow it to stretch farther.....
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