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Old 07-07-2004, 09:13 PM
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Looking for Seat Options. Pls Help!

HI All,
my '59 El Camino is at the upholsterers right now, and they are telling my the drivers side seat back is unusable!!!

The first thing that comes to mind is to tell them to just remove all the springs and mount a board to the upper seat back frame. Then just foam it up. Is that a bad idea? Should I just look for a replacement seat back or even a whole new seat?

Thanks for any and all insite.
-alfie
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Old 07-09-2004, 09:43 PM
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I beleive those are springed seat backs. But could be early zig zags wires.

Either may be usable but the work to get springs is more than most shops do any more.

Guys to rebuild spring backs are few and far between. I learned from an old germany, what a master he was. It takes alot of time to get them right. And the original style coils are no longer available to replace one or two you have to use substitues from home furnishings. The coils were thin and tied together so I imagine thats what you have.

When I am restoring I have to put the coils in or find a better frame.

When Im rodding. As long as the frame is good Id hang Zig Zag wires on it and make a full foam pad to the original shape.
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rebuilding seats

Yep,,, Being from Concours d' Elegance Upholstery...I see a lot of this....I get s or z"Z" Springs on the roll...I even carry different thickness....The heavy ones are for the bottom and the light ones are for the backrest.....Chances are where the springs hook in is all rotted away and most upholstery shops run at that point....I do my own welding too so nothing is a problem....I even sell training videos on How to rebuild a Automobile Seat.....see my website...*** There is a easy way to fix this problem....Its called stretch Webbing. Easy to put in and comes in different strengths also.,......

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seats for a 69 chevy truck

I've been working on my 69 chevy truck for a couple of years and I am finally looking for seats and a freind of mine gave me a 60/40 split bench and before I have it recovered I wont to get it mounted but I am having trouble, any idea's?
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Old 07-26-2004, 02:21 PM
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What years seats and what type of troublewe need more detail. 60 40 seats have 2 sets of tracks so that is probalby the start of the fun. Please explain.
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How experienced is your trim shop? I've yet to see a seat that wasn't repairable. Yes, some not worth the trouble considering the availability of replacements, but in a pinch, they're all repairable.
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Old 07-27-2004, 12:02 PM
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the seats are from an 87 GM and the trouble is in mounting them on the middle hump because it doesn't sit level on it.
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