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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 19, 7:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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67 Front bench seat cover different from rear?

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I just picked up a 67 Malibu coupe that is mostly original. One of the first things on my list is to recover the front bench seat. It still has the original cover and is basically trashed. The foam is still decent but seems pretty soft, so I might do new foam too.

I noticed the front and rear seats have a slightly different pattern and style- is this normal? The front looks correct (according to chevellestuff) but I'm wondering if the back seat or seat cover had been changed at some point.

I'm trying to figure this out before I start ordering covers (likely Legendary). Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: 67 Front bench seat cover different from rear?

Your front seat cover is correct '67 Chevelle, but that rear cover definitely is NOT. The rear cover should match the front.

It looks to me like someone installed some aftermarket slip-on covers over the stock rear seat covers at some point in time. That rear cover looks like nothing I've ever seen before. I'd bet if you pull the rear seat out of the car, you'll find that ugly 2nd cover is either hog-ringed or tied with straps over the original one. And your front seat may have remnants of a similar cover underneath. Seen this happen many times in the upholstery biz.
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Re: 67 Front bench seat cover different from rear?

Looks like a thunderbird rear seat cover.
That front seat is what my dad had my El Camino's recovered to look like, but we had the entire top done in the cloth. No searing strips of vinyl to slide over. It isn't correct, but it is done like it would/should have been if correct. All piping and stitching are like original.
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Re: 67 Front bench seat cover different from rear?

It looks like a Thunderbird rear seat to me also.
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Re: 67 Front bench seat cover different from rear?

You probably have the wrong rear seat. Before ordering any covers, I would be sure that is a Chevelle rear seat frame. If you pull it out and post pictures of the back side and the bottom side,we can tell you what you have there.


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Re: 67 Front bench seat cover different from rear?

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Looks like a thunderbird rear seat cover...
Looking some more, they all seem curved and dip on the top. I don't know what you have.

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I'm thinking Pontiac......

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I was thinking something like this, but not even close

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Re: 67 Front bench seat cover different from rear?

Ed, that is about a 1963 Thunderbird seat. I think his seat is for a newer Thunderbird.


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Thanks for the info. I didn't think the rear cover looked correct, but I am new to Chevelles, so figured I should check. The color is off just enough to be suspect.

I am out of town this week but will investigate more closely when I get home. It could be a 'slip-over' cover, as someone suggested. At least that's what I hope it is 🙂
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I finally got a chance to take a closer look tonight- and it appears to be a 'slip-over' cover. There are several places around the rear seat where I can see the original turquoise vinyl behind the odd-ball seat cover. I didn't remove the top cover (yet) because I suspect the original cover is trashed.

Now it's time to track down some medium turquoise seat covers. I took a quick preliminary glance at some of the usual vendors and it seems as though this might be a hard color to find.
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Re: 67 Front bench seat cover different from rear?

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It could be a 'slip-over' cover, as someone suggested. At least that's what I hope it is
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I finally got a chance to take a closer look tonight- and it appears to be a 'slip-over' cover. There are several places around the rear seat where I can see the original turquoise vinyl behind the odd-ball seat cover

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Re: 67 Front bench seat cover different from rear?

Let's see the rest of the car.

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I put a few pics of the car in the new member area, check it out. It's not a trophy winner, but it's perfect for me and my lifestyle.

Turns out cloth/vinyl seat covers are not available, unless I can find the cloth fabric and have the covers custom made. Which might be the way I go, as both my wife and I hate vinyl in the summer (the searing skin part).

I noticed ACI makes pre-molded seat foam for the split bench; if I go this route, would I still need the cotton batting to go under/over the foam? Or just a layer of burlap underneath, and slap the covers on directly over the foam?
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Turns out cloth/vinyl seat covers are not available, unless I can find the cloth fabric and have the covers custom made. Which might be the way I go, as both my wife and I hate vinyl in the summer (the searing skin part).

I noticed ACI makes pre-molded seat foam for the split bench; if I go this route, would I still need the cotton batting to go under/over the foam? Or just a layer of burlap underneath, and slap the covers on directly over the foam?

Thats not true. Cars INC makes the oem style cloth/vinyl combo covers.
They are the only vendor doing it, but they do make them.

If you go with ACI bench seat buns, you don't need the cotton batting.
In 67, there was no molded foam so the seats just had a thick cotton pad. The molded ACI foam is much nicer, and it replaces the cotton, though you still should run a layer of burlap & jute or similar decking material over the springs to protect the bun from the movement of the springs.

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