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Old 01-11-2010, 05:57 PM
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Question on GM "A" body buckets

I'm getting clost to getting the interior into my 66 Elky.

Some time ago, I bought a pair of buckets from a 68 Buick Skylark, knowing full well they would need to be COMPLETELY redone.

Have the driver seat all apart and the frame is in pretty good shape , except for one hog ring hook that is ripped out---no biggy.

I am going to order new springs for the seats as the 68 are different than the 66/7 and the originals are all shot anyway. (ramble ramble)

The 68 seats had no wires in the covers for defining the seat buns, but there were a few tiny wires running across the seat, but not really attached to anything-----what were these for??? They kind of looked like a microscopic version of the wire connecting the bench seat track levers together.

The 66 covers will need some wires inserted into them for seat bun and seat back definition, and I am wondering where to get this "corrugated" wire.
Looks like the connecting wire putting the ends together on a conveyor belt.

I see some on the Chevelle board suggest just using a stiff wire in there, but on both the seat back and the bottom, it does not appear that it will actually attach to anything to keep the wire in place.

Would just a round wire be prone to walking out of the loop sewn into the bottom of the covers. Seems to me the reason for the corrugated is to keep it from walking one way or another (hog rings seating in a low spot on the wire).

can I get the right wires from an upholstery supply???
Or would I need to buy a box of "alligator" clips for a 20" belt to get them???
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Old 01-12-2010, 06:32 AM
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If you don't redo a lot of seats you might want to just go to your local bone yard and get some from an 1970's - 1980's Chevy truck and cut them to the length you need. It would be cheaper than buying them new.
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Just gets rougher

Had to order the seat frame assys. becaue the manufacturer for the seat bottom and back springs has folded.

Had to order the complete assy. just to get the springs.

All of the springs in the seats were totally rusted away, but the frames were good. Not even willing to try to make some springs on my own, and really have no faith in the ethics of most upholstery shops here.

I suppose when another vendor starts making the springs available, I could buy some new springs and sell the seats---not sure.
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Seat Parts

Sprung steel rods are what you need for the listing. Try Year One for the seat replacement parts.
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The wire does not need to be wavy, it can be smooth. It can be any wire small enough to slide into the listing and strong enough to hold a hog ring without getting pulled out of shape. In other words, copper is out. It can be stake wire also.

The springs can be any 8 or 9 gauge sinuous wire springs. Look at this thread: CLICK HERE If you have trouble just PM me and I'll cut springs the right length for your seats.
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