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Old 04-15-2009, 09:05 PM
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1978-1988 GM G Body rear seat removal question

I've got the rear seat almost out of my parts car '78 Monte Carlo, but I'm being held up by a thin gauge "strap" of steel on the seat back. There's only one strap on the seat bottom, only on the driver's side rear seat. There isn't even a trace of anything like it on the other side of the seat. Is this just something I can cut and discard, or does it actually serve some purpose?


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Old 04-16-2009, 07:16 AM
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How about a couple pictures of what you're talking about? Seat removal should be pretty straight forward in almost every car.
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:14 PM
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How about a couple pictures of what you're talking about? Seat removal should be pretty straight forward in almost every car.

That's what I thought too, Dan. I've torn a couple other Gm's apart, never ran into these straps. The one on the passenger side rotted off, but there was one there at one time. It looks like these straps were tack-welded to the seat back wires, and then the other end was bolted under the seat belt retract mechanism. Anyway, here's the photos, sorry about the crappy quality....




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Those were on a '79 I had, too. IIRC, they got unbolted- I don't recall having to cut anything. But that was quite a while ago.

I do know that the seat went back in fine w/o them.
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Yeah, I'd just cut them and figure out a better way to attach the seats later. It shouldn't be rocket science removing or installing seats.
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Those were on a '79 I had, too. IIRC, they got unbolted- I don't recall having to cut anything. But that was quite a while ago.

I do know that the seat went back in fine w/o them.

Those T50 bolts are pretty rusted up, I'll just have to warm them a bit for removal. I just never saw these before, got my mind a wonderin'...



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Yeah, I'd just cut them and figure out a better way to attach the seats later. It shouldn't be rocket science removing or installing seats.

Of course not. (I'll hire you to redo them anyway.... )



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Those T50 bolts are pretty rusted up, I'll just have to warm them a bit for removal. I just never saw these before, got my mind a wonderin'...



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Those bolts are some real ball busters. Get some Kroil penetrating oil and let it sit on them for awhile. Then direct the heat right at the top of the Torx bolt. if you use a long piece of pipe on your ratchet handle for leverage they will come right out.
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