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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old Sep 22nd, 19, 5:29 PM Thread Starter
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Seat Rebuild

I am thinking of rebuilding my front seats. They are just at a point where the support they offer is next to zero. The debate is between rebuilding the stock seats (foams and maybe springs) or going for some modern seats. I need some help with my decision.

#1 Who has done a rebuild of the factory buckets on a 1972. I anticipate needing foam and newer (Stronger) springs. The covers are fine I did themyears ago, the car isn't driven much and I suspect that the original 1972 foams are now just disintegrating due to age. I want a firm seat, whatever it takes to get there. I can do the work on the cover installs over new wires and or new springs...easy stuff. Worked in a upholstery shop when I was in "Kollege" so I have no worries about actually doing the work. My questions are more about materials to get me where I want to go? As frim as original is good firmer than original is better.

#2 What are your experiences with using seats out of modern day lurury cars in our cars. I can get a shop to install matching material in the seat centers so that my new fronts could match my rear seat. The power options in a new seat...Lexus or some brand like like that appeal to me but I would have to recover them to match the material in the rear. I don't want a mismatch between the front and rear. In point of fact I might have the rear "boxing panels" redone to match the front...thinking about it now it might just be easier than making the front match the rear.....Decisions decisions.

Any thoughts on real world experiences out there would be greatly appreciated!

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I have also though about moderation of the seats in my 66 Chevelle, the buckets are horrible for long drives when compared to everything modern. I am interested in some other people’s experiences as well.

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I rebuilt my 68's buckets last winter. New foams from ACI. Rambo (Ben) supplied the springs and burlap. I've never done any upholstery work and it took a few times of assembly then disassembly then assembly to get it right. But with Ben's advice and supplied directions it all went well.

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I rebuilt my 68's buckets last winter. New foams from ACI. Rambo (Ben) supplied the springs and burlap. I've never done any upholstery work and it took a few times of assembly then disassembly then assembly to get it right. But with Ben's advice and supplied directions it all went well.

Standard strength springs? Foam density? Rambo? I am assuming Ranbo is a member here and is in "the business?? What does your backside say about the finished product as far as support / firmness?
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Get the foam from ACI, American Cushion industries, they make the best foam.
Done correctly your Original seats will be the best way to go.
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Re: Seat Rebuild

I will second Cal Malibu's suggestion, get the ACI foam, best out there. I have recovered several sets of seats and I have specifically redone 72 seats and reused the covers. I will tell you it is more work to reuse the covers then putting you on, because you have to be very careful when cutting the hog rings and removing everything to ensure you don't rip the covers. But since you will be doing the work yourself, that will be the cheaper route. If you were paying an upholstery shop, i would guess reusing the covers would cost 1.5x more.

I had been told in the past that replacing the seat Springs would make the seat stiffer but I recently bought some and I am not impressed with the replacement seat Springs. They are thinner gauge wire than the originals. Has anyone else had this experience? I would not replace them, if anything I would double up the springs in the original seats.

However, are you sure you want that stiff of a seat? I would suggest, new foam, and under that new burlap and jute padding. Then, put the cover over it all with a few hog rings and test the new seat without changing anything on the springs. If that's too soft, then disassemble and add springs.

Another member mentioned Rambo, and he's the man who can line you up with a kit to replace all of the "under the foam" stuff in a seat. Also, Rambo can help you with broken spring replacement parts, sometimes there is 1 or 2 springs broken and will effect seat comfort.

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I did my seats last year. It’s not too bad. You may find that there are spring problems after you remove everything? Rambo supplies everything you need and can definitely help with stiffer springs.

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Re: Seat Rebuild

I had Ben Rambo (The Seat Guy) rebuild the bucket seats in my 67. He is in the Seattle area. My foam was shot and a number of the springs were broken. The seats had no support left in them - especially the bottoms.

I purchased the Rallye seat package from Legendary which included new foams, covers and installation kit (burlap, etc.). I wanted an original look but better performance.

Ben did excellent work and really knows his stuff. I believe he also has sourced new spring wire and other parts for rebuilding. You can find him on this form and on TCNWRacing.com

I'm extremely pleased with the results. Firm and supportive but still comfortable on long rides.
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Thanks! Now all I need is to tweak my budget.
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I agree with using Rambo, even if just for questions and buying supplies... Ben always helps us Chevelle folks on TC. I plan on making an order from Rambo in the next few months.

IIRC, Rambo offers per-bent side springs in a stiffer gage that help to firm up the bottom-side area...


Although I do like the idea of the Ralley or Sport seats that are now available (larger bolsters, etc), my current project is primarily a "stock" resto...
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Thanks for all the kind words guys! I'm kind of blown away!
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Although I do like the idea of the Ralley or Sport seats that are now available (larger bolsters, etc), my current project is primarily a "stock" resto...
I had a 66 SS from 1976-1989 and the bucket seats were wonderful.

Purely stock and they were always comfortable.

Thankfully we have a guy near Nashville with a great reputation and Legendary told me about him.

If you contact Legendary Interiors, they can probably recommend someone close to you.
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Oman,
Here is a thread where Rambo explains how to beef up your seat. Most likely the springs that are bein discussed in this thread are broken on your seats. It is very common for some support springs to be broken.

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I had a 66 SS from 1976-1989 and the bucket seats were wonderful.

Purely stock and they were always comfortable.

Thankfully we have a guy near Nashville with a great reputation and Legendary told me about him.

If you contact Legendary Interiors, they can probably recommend someone close to you.
Thanks Beth...

I have had numerous '66s with bucket seats (stock), starting with my '66 Malibu in 1982... I have also reupholstered several seats over the years ('my '66 convertible and my '70 Chevelle and recently a '67 El Camino bench).

Always felt fine, but I did realize that auto-crossing my '70, I was almost on top of the console on hard left-handers (even with a 3-point harness)... For really "spirited" driving, I think the bolsters might be worth it...

My current project will have 215/70/15s up front with an iron-headed big block and manual steering... Probably not auto-crossing that thing much...

I am confident that I can do a good job, and with advice and supplies from Rambo, it only increases my confidence...

I am also one of those people that will take "self-satisfaction" of a job that I feel is within my abilities (even if not perfect) over simply writing a check. I am also frugal, so I'll save my money for those tasks I know I'll need to let a pro do it...
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