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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old Jun 10th, 19, 7:09 PM Thread Starter
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Lower seat trim

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Why am I seeing comments about bucket seats not having lower seat chrome trim?

What makes it seem like its wrong?

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Re: Lower seat trim

66-67 Chevrolet bucket seats had seat-colored trim strips on the lower seat buns, not chrome strips. Only the seat back had chrome strips. Pontiacs, Olds and Buicks had chrome on the seat back and the lower buns.

There is a possible exception for 67 Chevelles built at Framingham, which was primarily a Pontiac plant but made a relatively small number of Chevelles. There are reports of original Framingham 67 Chevelle bucket seats having chrome strips on the lower seat buns.
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68-72 Chevelle's did not have the lower chrome trim.
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How do we arrive at that?

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How do we arrive at that?
Originally the 68-72 chevelle seats did not come with it. It may have been available on other GM cars, i don't know for sure.
That said, every set of buckets I recover, and almost every set I see in Chevelles at car shows have the lower chrome trim. So put it on if you like it.

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Because that's how G.M. did it in that time period. The Chevrolets were considered the economy car line, and did not have much in the way of fancy options , like Buick ,Olds, and Cadillac did. Every company that sells lower seat trim for 68-72 chevelles put the chrome trim on it, so it seems like it should be there, but it is not correct. Terry
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How do we arrive at that?
I've got a couple sets of oem black lower trim, molded and oem.
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Originally the 68-72 chevelle seats did not come with it. It may have been available on other GM cars, i don't know for sure.
That said, every set of buckets I recover, and almost every set I see in Chevelles at car shows have the lower chrome trim. So put it on if you like it.

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Because that's how G.M. did it in that time period. The Chevrolets were considered the economy car line, and did not have much in the way of fancy options , like Buick ,Olds, and Cadillac did. Every company that sells lower seat trim for 68-72 chevelles put the chrome trim on it, so it seems like it should be there, but it is not correct. Terry
Again. How do we arrive at that?

What pamphlet, pictures, internal memo stated there is no lower trim?

I've been watching Ebay, car shows, barn finds, not to mention owned a couple...every, and I mean every, lower seat trim I've ever come across, has had a chrome strip.

If there wasnt a chrome strip, the adhesive can be felt on the surface.

Everyone is specualting....why? Is it missing from a parts manual? Is it not present on a picture? Hopefully we arent suggesting that every chevelle seat out there is actually a Pontiac, olds seat.

Does anyone have a document?

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Again. How do we arrive at that?



What pamphlet, pictures, internal memo stated there is no lower trim?



I've been watching Ebay, car shows, barn finds, not to mention owned a couple...every, and I mean every, lower seat trim I've ever come across, has had a chrome strip.



If there wasnt a chrome strip, the adhesive can be felt on the surface.



Everyone is specualting....why? Is it missing from a parts manual? Is it not present on a picture? Hopefully we arent suggesting that every chevelle seat out there is actually a Pontiac, olds seat.



Does anyone have a document?
I'll admit, I'm taking the forums expert opinion. Yes there are pics in sales manuals, along with several gentlemen on this forum that bought their cars new. There is hard evidence. But since you NEED to see it, I would suggest you search the past 10 yrs of posts. I have seen it on Team Chevelle. Good luck in your search.

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Shane,
The following is where you can find the proof that Chevelle bucket seats did not have the lower trim.
Go to the Chevellestuff.com website. I believe under the 1968 catagory there is a section for factory advertisements such as shown in magazines of the day. In one 1968 ad it shows the new style bucket seat. In that ad it is clearly evident that the 1968 Chevelle bucket seat has the chrome trim on the seat back but not the bottom.
So that is a factory produced advertisement showing no bottom trim. Think that is pretty strong evidence.

Click on the " Chevelle Dealer Brochures" page. The pic is on there.
https://www.chevellestuff.net/1968/index.htm
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Just looked on my phone but the seat in the ad doesn't look like the trim is on the seat back either. Too hard to tell on my small screen.
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Here is where I get my knowledge comes from. I have been restoring bucket seat for over 30 years, pulling many sets from salvage yards, swap meets and so on. I have restored plenty of seats from 1 owner cars that their owners brought to me. Also having owned some very original cars myself. My findings were that, the Chevrolet models did not have the chrome trim from 1968-1972, but the Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac models did have the chrome. Yes, you do see a lot of restored Chevrolet cars that do have the trim on them. The reason why is that most people do not know that they should not be there. They think that they are just missing. The reproduction parts catalogs also do not know that they should not be on the Chevrolets, or they do not care, as they are trying to sell their products. I find a lot of errors in these catalogs. The 66/67 seats needed to have the trim on them due to the steel panels that can have sharp edges, which could cut the vinyl if they were not installed.
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Dan, I've noticed the colored trim on metal bolsters but can't remember if I've ever seen the colored trim on plastic bolsters. I'm thinking no.
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I have never seen colored trim on the 68-72 plastic panels.

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post #15 of 49 (permalink) Old Jun 11th, 19, 11:07 AM
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How do we arrive at that? Does anyone have a document?

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