With so many modern aftermarket upgrades and potential junkyard seat swaps, it's hard to imagine saving your tattered old early CJ seats. But many of these upgrades and swaps just don't look right in an early Jeep, especially if you are restoring the Jeep in question. Simply slapping leather electric seats in an otherwise stock-looking CJ is like building a mansion in the middle of a trailer park.
Over the past 60-some years our '49 CJ-2A seats had been worn out and recovered at least three times, as evidenced by the multiple layers of decaying fabric and padding left behind. It was time to tear all that off and start fresh. We found that even the seat springs were rusty and broken. However, our seat frames were in completely useable condition.
If you're looking for seat covers, canvas tops, and other factory-like soft parts for your early Jeep, you need to check out Beachwood Canvas. Among other things, the company specializes in military canvas and original equipment interior fabrics for the early Jeeps. Following the included detailed Beachwood Canvas instructions-our seat overhaul took less than an hour.