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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old May 17th, 20, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Help me decide, TMI or Procar for 68 Malibu bench to bucket conversion

I was originally going to keep and restore the bench seat. But who doesn't like buckets, and the bench restoration will end up costing more than brand new seats. So what are the pros and cons? Experiences with the installation? Thank you
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Do yourself a favor and sit in a few before you buy. I went through this last year and found some of the really inexpensive Procar seats were very comfortable. I had all but decided on a particular Corbeau seat and was lucky enough to find a dealer near me. That seat was so uncomfortable that I could never have been happy with it. It had wings that poked me square in my shoulder blades. I ended up with another Corbeau model and have been very happy with them.

I know itís not a direct answer to your question, but I hope it helps you avoid a costly error.
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Here is my thread covering my 68 seats in TMI.

Recovering my seats. Work in progress.

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I don't have either seat in my car but I've noticed some of the Procar seats look like they might use cheap foam in them because they look saggy in some cars and don't keep their shape.

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I was originally going to keep and restore the bench seat. But who doesn't like buckets, and the bench restoration will end up costing more than brand new seats. So what are the pros and cons? Experiences with the installation? Thank you
A Bench seat cover is about $200, good ACI bun for the bench is another $250.... reskinning a bench is super easy to DIY...

Sounds a heck of a lot cheaper than a pair of aftermarket buckets and the mounting brackets. Just sayin.

If you are not hung up on originality, then any of the aftermarket buckets will likely be light years more comfortable than factory buckets. I like the looks of the new TMI Pro-Series aftermarket seats w/ chevelle year correct covers on them- though I have not seen a set yet in person to be able to sit in them.

I like the Procar Rallys, and have had a couple sets of my own in previous cars.
They are a comfortable seat and do hold up to use (you do have to get used to getting in sideways and swinging your legs around the big bolsters), but they are a physically small seat when compared to an OEM seat and they look small in a Chevelle/Elcamino. They look more at home in a mustang or camaro or nova IMO.

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Re: Help me decide, TMI or Procar for 68 Malibu bench to bucket conver

IMO it depends on your particulars. Is your car mostly stock looking or does it lean towards resto mod? Is it an auto on the column or a manual trans car?
If it is mostly stock them IMO a set of Procars or TMI seats would look out of place.
The most economical thing to do would be to rebuild your existing bench seat. But you are right everyone likes buckets. Again IMO the factory Strato buckets are far superior to the aftermarket buckets in build quality but you dont get the modern conveniences such as recline and bigger bolsters. Although bolter kits are available for Strato buckets through companies such as Legendary.
So I guesswhat I am suggesting is to explore all your options before you make a decision. Most of us that have been around here a while will agree.
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Very happy with the Procar rally seats in daily driver.

I have Corbeau suspension seats in my truck and really like them as well but they would look really bad in a muscle car. The truck is a 04 4x4 RAM Cummins so I figured if the truck doesn't have a suspension the seats should.....
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I put a set of Scat Procar Lowback buckets in my 70 after pullin out the bench seat and am very glad I did. Great price and very comfortable.


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I put the TMI seats in. I used their 20 percent off sale to save some money. I live semi close and was able to sit in the majority of their lines at their facility. I found these to be the most comfortable for me. I’m 6 foot and a 38 inch waist. I fit in the bolsters pretty well but I’d think anyone much bigger would be too wide for the seat. Very comfortable for sure. The car was a bench floor so I got the bench to bucket conversion brackets. Drilled four holes and with in an hour had both installed. I’ve done interior work on my other car from the springs up. This was the way to go as I didn’t have days worth of labor into the project and got done nice quality buckets to boot.

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I put the TMI seats in. I used their 20 percent off sale to save some money. I live semi close and was able to sit in the majority of their lines at their facility. I found these to be the most comfortable for me. Iím 6 foot and a 38 inch waist. I fit in the bolsters pretty well but Iíd think anyone much bigger would be too wide for the seat. Very comfortable for sure. The car was a bench floor so I got the bench to bucket conversion brackets. Drilled four holes and with in an hour had both installed. Iíve done interior work on my other car from the springs up. This was the way to go as I didnít have days worth of labor into the project and got done nice quality buckets to boot.

Cheers
Do you sit lower than with the bench. I'm trying to gain some headroom.

Tighten it till it strips and back it off a quarter turn.
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Get rid of that ugly bench seat and get the TMI.

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I put the TMI seats in. I used their 20 percent off sale to save some money. I live semi close and was able to sit in the majority of their lines at their facility. I found these to be the most comfortable for me. Iím 6 foot and a 38 inch waist. I fit in the bolsters pretty well but Iíd think anyone much bigger would be too wide for the seat. Very comfortable for sure. The car was a bench floor so I got the bench to bucket conversion brackets. Drilled four holes and with in an hour had both installed. Iíve done interior work on my other car from the springs up. This was the way to go as I didnít have days worth of labor into the project and got done nice quality buckets to boot.

Cheers
I'm curious, you chose the seats with the Pro-Series covers instead of the year correct chevelle covers... Any particular reason, or just liked this style better?

I have a feeling a set of these are going to find their way into my chevelle sooner or later and I'll unload my restored factory ones.

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Love my TMI setup..very comfortable

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Can anyone shed any light on if you sit lower?

Tighten it till it strips and back it off a quarter turn.
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I sit semi high in the car, near what the headliner height would be. Very comfortable height but any taller and I’d be in to the headliner for sure.

Do you sit lower than with the bench. I'm trying to gain some headroom.[/QUOTE]
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