Many of the rubber bands on my 2cv seats had snapped due to old age.  I also needed more of them because I built bucket seats to replace my bench seat. So I bought some directly from France. Bad move! They were very poor quality, and many snapped after sitting on the seat only a few times.  By many, I mean 43 out of a kit of 50. Merde! I could  buy rubbers from another source, but quite frankly I am gun shy.  I still have bucket loads of hooks, so I investigated making my own.  I tried a few ideas, and Lo and Behold, one worked very well.  So, yes Virginia, you too can make replacement 2cv  seat rubbers in the comfort of your very own living room. Here is what you need:

  • ethyl-cyanoacrylate glue (crazy glue).  The gel form works the best.
  • 3/8″ bungee cord.  I got mine by the foot from the Chandlery, a marine supply here in Ottawa.  You need 5-5/8″ for each rubber.
  • an anvil cutter or a set of big side cutter pliers. Don’t  bother trying to cut this suff with scissors or shears!

Here is what you do:

  1. Cut a piece of 3/8 bungee 5-5/8: long.
  2. Put a 1/8″ diameter gob of crazy glue onto each cut end of the bungee cord
  3. Hold the ends together in alignment for 30 seconds
  4. Put aside to cure for 10 minutes
  5. Repeat steps 1 through 5 until boredom sets in or you have a complete set of rubbers.  Trés simple, n’est-ce pas!

Caveats: Bungee cords tend to be a bit weaker than the original rubbers so expect the seat to sag a bit more (but much less than old worn out rubbers). Have a bit of acetone (nail polish remover) handy in case you stick your fingers together like I did.

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