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Old 04-27-2012, 09:19 PM
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I need to recover my 1964 impalla bucket seats. Anyone bought one of those cover sets? How well do they fit? How much should I expect to pay? Where to buy? Do it yourself or take to shop? Any help would be great. Thax.

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64 Impala seats are not real complicated. There are all kinds of places to buy them on the internet. The problem with the aftermarket seat covers I see is that the quality of the fabric used, usually vinyl, is not very high. They are not expensive in my opinion, about $700 for the set in all vinyl. It depends on if you want the seats to look original.

As far as putting them on yourself, that's up to you. Have you ever done it before? Do you have all the tools to do it or can borrow the tools? Would you know how to fix something that is broken or know when to replace something that is bad? Do you know when and where to add padding if needed? That's not to say you can't do it, some people do a good job the first time, and others don't. I put on a set of seat covers from Dearborn Classics on a 65 Fairlane, and the front seat cover was too big across the back by about 2". I had to take the cover apart, trim it down, and re-sew it to make it fit correctly. No first timer would have put that seat cover on and had it look good without knowing A) something was wrong and B) how to fix it.
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Dan has posted Lots and Lots of excellent information here on HR, It really needs to be in another eBook. do a search of his posts.
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I answered Dark Side's post pretty quickly this morning and just realized my last sentence didn't get posted. The last thing I wrote was ..."that's not to say you can't do it or shouldn't try to do it, but you should know the possible pitfalls ahead of time."

As far as your comment timothale, thank you. I have an e-book in the wings, but I am conflicted as to what to do with it. When Jon owned the site, there was no question as to what I would do with it. With no disrespect intended towards the new owners, that is not the case now. For one thing, I don't know if Jon's offer to do the editing still stands, but I haven't asked him either. I figure he's got enough on his plate right now.
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Like I said 2 or 3 years ago I'll be first in line to buy one.
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Thax guys..most of the covers I have seen are about $450. I only need the front seats done. I asked a local guy and he wanted $1500. All he was going to do was buy the kit and put it on. Still not to sure but I think im going to buy a kit and do it myself. Any suggestions as to where to buy the kit? I really don't want an off shore manufacturer. I live in Canada and I gotta admit the states kicks butt in the after market car stuff.
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I've heard good things about PUI seat covers, and they're only $377 from Pro Fit. CLICK HERE
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while dantwolakes is the pro, i'll add the novice approach
buy hog ring pliers and hog rings, that is all you'll need other than basic tools
pull one side apart by cutting the old hog rings and put it back like you took it apart
i did a couple back in my 20s with success
it's actually quite easy

if the foam needs repair, just cut the bad parts out and use contact cement to glue new foam in
also look at the frame; weld up any cracks and replace any broken springs.
sometimes wire tying a new type spring to an old spring will work well
your car is old enough to have horse hair padding, any shop will sell replacement padding

so easy even an ogre can do it
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They haven't used horse hair in cars since the 30's, it would be foam only in a '64.
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Well I think im going to order the covers and give it a try. Will let you know what happens...thax guys.
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I am reupholstering my seats in my 64 poncho. I got the PUI covers and they look and fit great.
I have both seat bottoms done and I am going to do the backs next.
Dantwolakes has some excellent tutorials here so read up.
One thing I did was I dissasembled one seat and photographed each step so I could refer back to how it was assembled. Glad I did. Also I left one seat assembled to refer back to also as well as the photos.
By the time I started on the second seat bottom it only took a fraction of the time it took to do the first one.Next I will do the backs.
I got borderwire and repair pieces for spring assembly at a place called: we sell upholstery supplies online
Everything you need to get for the job other than the covers and new foams. I also got the PUI foams.
http://www.wsusol.com/p-734spring-bo...lips-1-pc.aspx
decking, padding,border wire,border wire clips, etc etc etc

The PUI covers are nice quality and the vynil used is good and heavy. It seemed at least as heavy as the original stuff.
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