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post #1 of 105 (permalink) Old Feb 12th, 06, 3:26 PM Thread Starter
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Recovering '70 SS Bucket Seats

Hello Everyone,
I have a '70 SS Chevelle with black bucket seats I want to recover and refoam. Don't know if I need to repair or replace springs. (The seat bottoms are a little lumpy and vinyl has a whole was been repaired and shows it.) I'm looking for advice on best supplier of new vinyl covers and foam. I want them to look correct and be high quality. From previously postings it looks like Hinshaws is really good and possibly Legendary Interiors. Any other opinions out there?
Also, I've never recovered a seat before. Is this something I can do or should I just buy the parts and take it to an interior shop and let a pro do it? I don't want to ruin anything and want it to turn out well.
Thanks a lot!
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Re: Recovering '70 SS Bucket Seats

I'm in the same "boat" with my 69 Chevelle. I plan on buying the stuff and taking it to an interior shop to get covered.
Let's see who else has ideas though?

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Re: Recovering '70 SS Bucket Seats

Unless you have the $ for a show-perfect fit, it can be a do-it-yourself job.

Most suppliers carry the same brands of cover. PUI and Distinctive Industries are the most common.

There are tricks to the install (trash bag on seat before slipping the cover on, tear the bag out when the cover gets pulled on), and you will need a hog-ring plier (~$20), and 100 rings (~$5 - check with a local shop, I got a box free).

I did my front and rear bench with PUI covers in 2 weekends (each took 1-2 days). I had to salvage two seats to replace broken side springs and 1 back rest spring.

Lessons learned:
  • Do NOT throw the old covers out till you are done. You will need to pull some of the wires from the welts and reuse them.
  • Do one at TIME.
  • Replace the burlap attached to the strings with other new heavy weight felt or new burlap (feed sacks work, or Wal-Mart sells it in the fabrics section).
  • Duct tape all sharp metal edges, or they will tear your new covers.
  • Even if you don't need new foam, get a 1-1/2 " foam batt and hog ring it over seat foam. It will help smooth the wrinkles.
  • Let the covers warm up in the sun (or a dryer) before pulling them on.
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Re: Recovering '70 SS Bucket Seats

DG, your timing is impeccable. I have finished the first and am about to start the second bucket seat recovering and your tip about the trash bag is great.
Can't wait to try it. Lucky me, our town has a pay-per-bag system for trash and the bags are so cheesy they tear real easy, so removal is going to be a piece of cake. Thanks, Tom
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Re: Recovering '70 SS Bucket Seats

Get a pair of hog ring cutters too. They're cheap. Saves a ton of time, and your hands as well..
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I have done a few seats, and it's a DIY job as long as you take your time. Follow DG's advice and you'll be fine. I would also recommend that you take a lot of pictures as you disassemble the seats. Digital cameras are great, as you can snap as many pictures as you need. Also take pictures of things you don't think you need, because you might need them anyway.

One of the tricks to get a nice fit is to fold, tuck and hog ring the covers correctly, and the pictures are a very good reference (believe me, you will forget where all those damn hog rings are supposed to go... ). And as DG said, do one at a time. That way, you'll have another reference.

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Re: Recovering '70 SS Bucket Seats

As DG explained, save the old covers until you're complete with the install. Unless the foam is severely damaged, I prefer to use layers of carpet pad (soft is better) I use 3M spray adhesive, glue the pad over the existing foam and use a flap sand wheel on an angle grinder to shape the pad to resemble the original seat foam.

If the seat covers have been replaced before, someone may have taken the wire, that DG mentioned, out that helps form the seat insets during install. The wire is pulled down to the seat frame and hog ringed. If the wire is missing, it's best to purchase new heavy gauge wire to slide into the pockets where the aftermarket mfg normally uses rolled paper wire. If you just use the paper, you won't be happy with the finished product.

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A quick guide with photos for recovering the seats:
http://buickperformance.com/bs.htm

As someone else already said, don't be confused by all the different companies selling covers- there are REALLY only two companies manufacturing them. PUI and Distinctive. PUI is a little more expensive, but better quality (in my opinion).

There are also two mfg's of the seat foam... Classic Industries (OPG) makes one kind- and you really need to be ready to trim and shape theirs.
The other is made by another company i can't recall the name of- but their foams are sold by National Parts Depot & Year One- from what I have heard they DON't Need to be trimmed and shaped- no first hand knowlege of theirs though.

That being said- I agree with the guy above about re-using old seat foams if at all possible.

Good luck and have fun!

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Unless you have the $ for a show-perfect fit, it can be a do-it-yourself job.

Most suppliers carry the same brands of cover. PUI and Distinctive Industries are the most common.

There are tricks to the install (trash bag on seat before slipping the cover on, tear the bag out when the cover gets pulled on), and you will need a hog-ring plier (~$20), and 100 rings (~$5 - check with a local shop, I got a box free).

I did my front and rear bench with PUI covers in 2 weekends (each took 1-2 days). I had to salvage two seats to replace broken side springs and 1 back rest spring.

Lessons learned:
  • Do NOT throw the old covers out till you are done. You will need to pull some of the wires from the welts and reuse them.
  • Do one at TIME.
  • Replace the burlap attached to the strings with other new heavy weight felt or new burlap (feed sacks work, or Wal-Mart sells it in the fabrics section).
  • Duct tape all sharp metal edges, or they will tear your new covers.
  • Even if you don't need new foam, get a 1-1/2 " foam batt and hog ring it over seat foam. It will help smooth the wrinkles.
  • Let the covers warm up in the sun (or a dryer) before pulling them on.
Dave's70 and I followed this exact same advice from the forums a few years ago and I can vouch for everything said in DG's post.

I would like to add one suggestion of my own.

Get a friend to help you. Sometimes you really have to yank on the stuff while your buddy hig rings it in place.

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Re: Recovering '70 SS Bucket Seats

(trash bag on seat before slipping the cover on, tear the bag out when the cover gets pulled on),

Great idea,wish I knew this when I did the backs on my bench seat!!Wife and I worked hard on those ones!Its the first seat we did ourselves and it looks great.

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Re: Recovering '70 SS Bucket Seats

Thank to all for the advice. I'll let you know how it turns out.
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post #12 of 105 (permalink) Old Feb 19th, 06, 5:43 PM
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Re: Recovering '70 SS Bucket Seats

I recovered my 70 bucket seats a couple of years ago myself. No experience. Lessons learned were the same as listed here already.

I used PUI covers. They look closer to original. I used cushions made by American Cushion Industries. They had a website, but some other site comes up using their address today.

A hint with the garbage bag. Use a large enough bag and fold it in half. Lay the folded end over the foam to the inside of the seat, leaving the free ends hanging out to pull. When you have the seat cover pulled over the foam, you can pull on the garbage bag flap that is against the bottom side of the seat cover and the bag easily slips completely out, no tearing. Don't pull on the flap against the foam, since the foam grips the plastic and it will not slide. I used a hair dryer to warm up the vinyl when slipping it on.

Here is a link to some earlier discussion about 70 bucket foam https://www.chevelles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48042

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Re: Recovering '70 SS Bucket Seats

Guys, This topic comes up alot so I'm going to stick this one to the top. Lots of good info.

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How are the headrest to do?

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Re: Recovering '70 SS Bucket Seats

Headrests are a different story. Check some posts on this. I haven't heard anyone say they turned out well. I ended up selling my old headrests with the new covers included and bought replacements from ground up.
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