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69 chevelle bucket seat backs....

i think these must have been in a flood or something. The bottom 3" or so of the seatback frame was badly rusted. Metal whittled down to the size of needles at the bottom.

I was unhappy with the way the reproduction seatback springs turnedout in the buick bucket seats, so I suggested to the owner that I repair them for him. Turns out I didn't charge him enough though. this was a lot of work. Easily 6-7 hours in repairing the two seat back peices, not counting minor repairs to the bottom springs.

Shown is my repair for the lower frame... I cut out the old rusty springs where the wrapped around the bottom and clamped in replacements. Also had to replace the old listing wires that run up the two sides, and a few other misc repairs.

anyway... After a ton of work to repair the springs, i can finnally start putting the seats back together now.

Blech. Lesson learned though- Over estimate time on repairs... It won't be an over estimate by the time you are done.


Heres how they turned out. Have not decided yet, but I may pull the seatback cover off the seat on the left again to re-install & try to eliminate a couple of the wrinkles. Most of these will simply disappear the first hot day he parks the car outside in the sun, but generally I prefer if they are mostly wrinkle free  when they leave.

I'll probably wait till after I finish his back seat to see how much time I have left. He's hoping to get it next Monday... Makes it hard to be a perfectionist when someone is in a rush.



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Looks good Ben, can't wait until I can afford to get mine done.

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x2 I think this winter might be time to get mine done and tackle the warped package tray as well

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These damn things fought me every step of the way... But I finished em.

 Whew. Thank god.

 



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Darryl- Next time you are down this way, bring me your rear seats.



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Finished some "repairs" to a set of 67 camaro seats.

Had newer covers ~5 years old, no rips, nice shape- but the drivers seat was horribly uncomfortable, guy sank way in...

Stripped them down, and found the tangs on the seat frame  that held the 3 main springs in the seat bottom had broken off some point in the past, and the previous upholsterer had spot welded them- which you reallyy can't do to springs becuase they become brittle and break- so basically the main springs in the seat were totally unsupported!

anyway, repaired the sprigngs, mounted them to the frame using bolts & washers, installed new side support springs, new lower foams and re-installed covers.

 Don't look much different than before... and unfortunatly the previous installer cut the listing sleeves too short otherwise i could have eliminated the wrinkles... but they do feel much better.

anyway, so now I can say i've done camaro seats :)

 



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Wrapped up a set of 68 GTO Buckets & Rear seat last weekend.

These were out of a lifetime california car and the frames & springs & tracks were MINT... Looked like they were brand new after yanking the old material off. Downside.. the foam had turned solid- and desinegrated into this horrible yellow gritty dust that went EVERYWHERE. had to WASH out my garage to get it out. Still finding it on stuff.

 



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Just completed a set of 69 Camaro buckets.

Guy had pretty worn original houndstooth seats, but putting them into a car w/ comfortweave, so installed new front covers.

Turned out really nice. The wrinkles in the comfortweave material look worse with the flash in the dark garage than they are in real life. Once set out in the sun they will pretty much pull out on their own.



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Darryl's 69's back seat is all done...




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What the hell is that, it's awful............

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Darryls Seat for real this time. Before with the big ass mouse entry way... and after.

awyeah



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nice work Ben!

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Good job. Is there any spray glue you are using? I used 3M glue on my door panels and it has come unglued since I did them.

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Seat covers are just pulled snug and hog ringed on

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Maybe I should bring You My rear seat with all the other goods. Have You redo it.

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bring it on down... I'll knock it out for ya. I've got erics bucket seats sitting here next in line...but after that I have no more seat work lined up.... Need to get my ad up on CL again.


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I have a old rear seat for a 70-72 if someone needs a core.

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Guy bought these off ebay as 65 GTO seats. Wanted to have tehm recovered for his 64 chevelle.
They looked ok on the outside... Inside was a different story.
Major rust issues forcing spring & edgewires replacement especially for the rear seatback. Repop rear springs are non existant- so i had to hand fab new edgewires & replaced about 10 feet of zig zag springs.

Turned out pretty good in the end if i do say so myself. These were the first 64/65 style I had done.









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1970 Dodge Challenger Bucket Seats & rear seat. Going in a fairly rare care (440/6pack/4spd/w/ funky color combination),

The guy said its some kind of barn find that sat untouched for 30 years until he got it. It was written up in some mopar magazine about 5 years ago when he started the restoration, and they recently contacted him for follow up now that its almost done... so I might get some ink w/ one of my projects in it!

The original front seats had been removed, so he had located a set of 69 GTX seats w/ ugly custom covers. Switching over to the E body style foams required some customization of the listing wires in order to get the houdstooth inset located right. A serious pain in the ass to get those located exactly right so the cover wouldn't wrinkle when hogringed to it.

Anyway, pretty stoked how they turned out since I had not done any seats like these before, especially with the modification required.

 



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