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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old Jun 18th, 19, 9:14 PM
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Re: Bench to bucket conversion

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Search for the dimensions and maybe some screen shots of Chevelle/Lemans and Corvair, etc... To make sure the one's you buy are correct for a Chevelle (so Chevelle repro covers will fit...)
Good idea. There are some Corvair seats that are very close to the dimensions of 65 A body seats and some that are not. I had a set of Corvair seats once that the only difference I could find was the tracks were about 3/4 inch shorter. Other than that they were the same. Two things I recall. If the Corvair seats have 4 front support springs they are probably same dimension. If they have 5 front springs they are not. Also when the seat folds forward if it folds towards the middle of the car it is not the same if the seat folds straight forward it could be the same.
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post #17 of 21 (permalink) Old Jun 26th, 19, 4:40 PM Thread Starter
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I picked up a set of bucket seats this past weekend. They are from a 65 GTO. Not the greatest shape but I think they will be usable. I have taken one apart, and for sure the frames are usable. The back springs will need to be replaced in the one I took apart and I'm still trying to decide on the bottom springs.

The one concern I had was the tracks. They have a pretty good coating of rust, but nothing completely rusted out. I got them apart and will work on restoring them.

I'm going to need help form any forum members who have done this, so my question is should I start a new thread titled 65 bucket seat restoration? And where should I post the thread, under Interior, Project, or Restoration area?

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I picked up a set of bucket seats this past weekend. They are from a 65 GTO. Not the greatest shape but I think they will be usable. I have taken one apart, and for sure the frames are usable. The back springs will need to be replaced in the one I took apart and I'm still trying to decide on the bottom springs.

The one concern I had was the tracks. They have a pretty good coating of rust, but nothing completely rusted out. I got them apart and will work on restoring them.

I'm going to need help form any forum members who have done this, so my question is should I start a new thread titled 65 bucket seat restoration? And where should I post the thread, under Interior, Project, or Restoration area?

Thanks,

Don H.
Go buy 2-3 gallons of white vinegar at your local grocery store, dump it in a rubbermaid bin and toss in the tracks (remove the springs first).

Let them soak for a 3-4 days, then scrub them with a brush and take them out and wash them off with soap and water, then hit them with WD40 to get rid of the water to eliminate flash rust.

The acid in the vinegar will eat the rust right off them, they'll look good as new. You do have to SCRUB them though.

I would hit the little whistle icon at the top of this thread (report this post) and ask an admin to rename this thread and just continue the conversation here.
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post #19 of 21 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 19, 10:36 PM
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Re: Bench to bucket conversion

Molasses diluted about 7:1 is pure magic, I think the process is called celation. I just did a couple wicked ugly early pipe wrenches that had a bit too much 'patina', and they came out bright as a shiny new penny.
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post #20 of 21 (permalink) Old Jul 29th, 19, 12:32 AM
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Re: Bench to bucket conversion

One thing I noticed after losing the bench seat in my wagon, I picked up a little head room.
Buckets don't have to clear the trans tunnel. I had to fight to get in my friends Elco after
we installed his newly over-upholstered bench.
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Re: Bench to bucket conversion

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Molasses diluted about 7:1 is pure magic, I think the process is called celation. I just did a couple wicked ugly early pipe wrenches that had a bit too much 'patina', and they came out bright as a shiny new penny.
I just looked that up, it is spelled "Chelation" in case anyone wants to research it. I have not heard of it before.

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