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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Jun 14th, 19, 3:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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1971 SS conv plaid interior?

Maybe someone can provide some insight on an interior installed on my 1971 SS 454 convertible. The car has been off the road since May1985, in storage, all numbers matching, and build sheet under the rear seat. The car color is burnt orange (62BB) with an interior code of 721, built in Baltimore and delivered to Lowe Chevrolet Inc., Lower Marlboro, MD. The build sheet does provide the ZP2 code (trim/clr override).

Has anyone experienced or seen or heard of anything like this? Thanks for any assistance.

Rats...can't seem to post the picture. The seat 'insert' areas are plaid (dark brown, medium brown, light brown, with a small amount orange threading. The remaining portions of the seats are the standard saddle (721) trim. All piping is intact, all hog rings are intact. Nothing is showing signs of repair of replacement.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Jun 14th, 19, 4:38 PM
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Re: 1971 SS conv plaid interior?

Welcome to team chevelle!

Unfortunately it is not the original upholstery. Likely changed by someone prior to its 1985 parking date.

For lots of really cool information on decoding, options, and what was original on these cars year to year check out this site:

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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old Jun 14th, 19, 4:47 PM
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Re: 1971 SS conv plaid interior?

721 shows as ~ Antique Dark Saddle Elk Coated Fabric (bench seat) ~ (13636-37-46-67-69-80)

chevellestuff.net/qd/tags/1971/index.htm

Pick your assembly plant, then click on the Line #2, Interior Trim. Then read the notes at the bottom.

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Re: 1971 SS conv plaid interior?

Can you provide a photo of the build sheet? Body data plate? I've never seen anything close to this as original equipment on a Chevelle. Maybe my Aunt Ernamae's living room drapes back in the 60's but a Chevelle?? -Nope!

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Thank you to everyone for the advice and guidance. I am just as skeptical as the rest of you. However, I just had Jerry McNeish in town yesterday to certify the car. He was left scratching his head also. One of his mottos was "never say never." The install was too clean/too 'factory'. Not saying it is but we just can't explain it. The biggest question would be why/how an upholstery shop would leave a build sheet in place with a job like this. This would have only been completed in the early 70's (the peak period for this pattern/couches/curtains) so this limits the window. So why? e.g. look at the 1972 GM Highlander truck series. And the ZP2 override code? Again, not making any claims just trying to explain it. Will attach a pic of the trim tag.

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Re: 1971 SS conv plaid interior?

The only thing that looked good in plaid back then were the Catholic School girls I dated. That is definitely not stock, I would strip the seats and burn the evidence to never be seen or discussed again. Recover with something more suitable and move on.
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Re: 1971 SS conv plaid interior?

It is just my opinion that someone had the plaid inserts installed into the original upholstery. The plaid material doesnít look as durable as the GM fabric there that is threadbare.

Upholstery shop takes the original covers off, removes stitching for the inserts to be replaced. Makes duplicating inserts out of the patterns from the original material and puts it all back together. If done to a high caliber, I can even imagine hogrings going back in to the original holes.
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Re: 1971 SS conv plaid interior?

When i took apart my '68 300 interior, the seats and door panels had been recovered, I mean ruined. I found the original trim tag still attached to the rear seat springs. Some one in the early 70's reused the material from their couch to recover those seats. You don't think a good upholstery shop could reinstall hog rings the same as a factory supplier? Terry
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Looking at the bottom of the cushions it's even more obvious that it's not factory.

There is seat cover vinyl wrapped around the bottom edges. Factory covers were perfectly cut with canvas sleeves sewn on just under the edges that held the attaching rods that we're hogringed on. This is very clearly an add on and not original.

Sorry to burst your bubble.

All kinds of crazy things could have (and obviously did) occurred between when it was made and 1985.
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Happy Father's Day to all. No bubbles popped here. As I said, I'm just as skeptical as the rest. Just shopping for thoughts, experience, and first-hand knowledge (if any). I'm very grateful for all the knowledge/ideas provided. I forgot about the "canvas sleeve" I had seen somewhere on an earlier seat...makes sense. And I theorized a good upholstery shop cutting/unstitching/resewing inserts and reassembling. A friend of a friend worked in the Baltimore plant in 1970 (just one year) and simply said wtf.

Again, I really appreciate the inputs/feedback. Keep everyone posted if we find anything else.
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Re: 1971 SS conv plaid interior?

I was able to locate and speak with the individual I bought the car from in 1996 late last night.

Update: The previous owner to him bought the car for his wife and she hated the cloth inserts so she made the decision to have the inserts removed and...(wait for it)...replaced with fabric that matched her beloved couch. The husband was very unhappy with her decision but you know how that goes. Yes, the mystery has been solved.

Again, thanks to everyone. I knew there was a logical explanation but just didn't know if I could find anyone with historical knowledge. As oldcutlass suggested, I will "burn the evidence."
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Re: 1971 SS conv plaid interior?

Thanks for sharing the update. Too frequently we are left hanging on outcomes.
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Well, my quest continues. Just rcvd updates/inputs from external sources. We are running into too many inconsistencies with purchase/ownership dates and the ZP2 code on the build sheet to completely discount these seats yet. Noone is saying yes, just can't explain/answer the questions. I will keep everyone posted as any information comes together. SMS is providing/sending samples for review also.
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Re: 1971 SS conv plaid interior?

It's a Free Country.....but you're on a fool's mission with those seats.

No matter what you dig up, you have confirmation from a previous owner that THEY replaced the seat inserts themselves....using material from their drapes. You have seat covers that do not match anything in any catalog and for which there is no RPO or COPO code. Game, set, match.

What tree are you barking up....and where do you think this will go, other than you have a 48 year old car that has non-OEM replacement seat covers?

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