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replacing foam in a bucket seat

I have just bought a set of 1987 (not sure year) mustang II bucket seats.
I am getting ready to reupholster these seats with leather. I want to improve on the old foam. When I took the seat apart I noticed that the foam is molded
to fit the frame and the contours of the seat. Can I just cut out the tops of the worn foam and glue in new pieces. Or do I have to buy new foam?
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You can do it either way. Naturally, the best way is with brand new foam, but that will be pretty pricey, if you can find it. If you're going to just repair the old foam, make sure the replacement foam you use is high density, 65 compression or higher.

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After coming in from the garage the other night, the wife said I stunk from the foam and I should not use any of the old foam.

So, the new question is can I buy new foam and shape the foam like the injection molded foam? The back of the seat does not have anything but the out side rail (no middle section), the foam hooks over the frame.

How do I span the open middle section???

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In my opinion, if your foam stinks and you need to replace it you would be better off finding a newer set of bucket seats. Finding foam for Mustang II seats will be a challenge and pricey because the 74-78 Mustangs do not have the following of the cars from 65-73 and 79-present do. Not sure what your project car is but I would look into seats from cars such as the Cavalier, Cobalt, Sunfire, Saturn SL, as they are smaller buckets.
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After coming in from the garage the other night, the wife said I stunk from the foam and I should not use any of the old foam.

So, the new question is can I buy new foam and shape the foam like the injection molded foam? The back of the seat does not have anything but the out side rail (no middle section), the foam hooks over the frame.

How do I span the open middle section???

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Yes, you could make the seat foam yourself, but I was surprised to find that new foam for your seats is readily available. At about $150 for each bucket seat, it is also pretty reasonable. If I were you , I would use the new molded seat foam for your seats. CLICK HERE
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Dan, that is the foam for the Fox body style of seats but he said the seats were from a Mustang II even though he listed the year as 1987. Mustang II were from mid to late 70s
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Those cars shared parts with the Pinto, but if it was a '78 instead of an '87, you're out of luck as far as new foam goes. Take some pictures of the foam from the front and the back, and I can tell you how to fabricate new seat foam.
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Thanks for the responses,
It is a fox body not a mustang II. I don't know much about mustangs.just bought the seats locally.
I am going to put them in a 53 chevy truck, I do not want to get different seats because I have already made some pedestal to put these seats at the correct heights. I took the frame for the bench seat out-that required me to stiffen up the floor of the cab with two pieces of steel. So what that means that I would like to keep these seats.
The question is, is it better to buy new foam and make a seat and back or should I buy the stock injection foam. which will last better and be most comfortable. I have bought some leather hides for redoing the entire inside of the truck
Thanks for the help
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I would always use the new foam rather than try to make it yourself.
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thanks, guess it's time for new foam.
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