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post #46 of 92 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 17, 7:39 AM
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Re: Worst Case scenario Bucket seat rebuild

Again, GREAT post. Your fix for the rusted-off hogring tabs (post #36, 2nd pic) is the best idea I've seen yet. I'll be using that on a '55 Chevy bench seat that a customer brought into the shop a couple days ago.

I'm also thinking of starting a similar thread over on the Tri-5 Chevy website for restoring those '55-'57 bench seats that are skyrocketing in value.
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Awesome job Ill be referencing this once i get to my bucket seats
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Re: Worst Case scenario Bucket seat rebuild

Thanks again for the write up. You did a fantastic job.

Do you think that my seat is fixable? It looks like the Beverley Hillbillies.

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Thanks again for the write up. You did a fantastic job.

Do you think that my seat is fixable? It looks like the Beverley Hillbillies.

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My vote would be Yes.

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Re: Worst Case scenario Bucket seat rebuild

This is the funny part when selling bucket seats. 90% of the buyers first impression is to look at the shape of the 50 year old torn, hard seat covers. If the covers look decent, they buy it, even though everything gets stripped off and tossed. You strip off the covers and try to sell them as a set of frames and springs nobody wants them jim
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Thanks again for the write up. You did a fantastic job.

Do you think that my seat is fixable? It looks like the Beverley Hillbillies.

Thanks

Eric
Heck yes... those look to be quite nice! I'll bet when you pull the back and side panels you find some traces of shiny metal even.

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Re: Worst Case scenario Bucket seat rebuild

Had one more surprise out of these seats tonight... was getting everything bolted together and realized that there was a broken off track bolt in the bottom of one of them.

Only one of these came with tracks so this must have been the other one and i just never noticed.

I drilled through it, then wouldn't you know it- broke an easy off in it. UGGGGGGH.
after wrecking a couple drill bits attempting to drill out the hardened metal of the easy out, i Wound up drilling out the spot welds that hold the nut onto the inside of the frame then beat it out with a hammer.

Made myself up a new one with with a couple thick washers and a nut JBwelded together inside the frame... I'll still need to stick a wrench through the frame to hold the nut incase the jbweld breaks when i tighten down the track but at least it will stay put long enough for me to get it started.

It had to fight me to the bitter end.

I pulled out all stash of salvaged side & back plastic pieces last night and cleaned them with simple green. Picked out the best sets to use on the seats.
I will be dying them gold with the SEM products, but no $$ in the budget for that right now, so will have to live with black on gold for now.

Pulled out my headrests too.. aquired them about 5 years ago waiting for a good chance to use them. they both have a couple big cracks, but they will be hidden nicely by the covers. Will try and hammer them out this weekend.

The big deal though is tomorrow a friend is coming over with his welder so we can mockup and weld in the bucket seat brackets! That means I should be able to actually DRIVE my car finally!!!
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Re: Worst Case scenario Bucket seat rebuild

Threads like this make the $20 annual forum fee some of the best money I've spent on car stuff. Great "how-to" on the mystery of "what's behind those covers"...I wish I lived closer to you.!!

Thanks for the info,

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I'm also thinking of starting a similar thread over on the Tri-5 Chevy website for restoring those '55-'57 bench seats that are skyrocketing in value.
If you don't mind, post a link here if you do.
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If you don't mind, post a link here if you do.
Will do, but I haven't actually started the thread yet, on the other site.

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This thread should be relegated to a "sticky". Absolutely awesome info nuggets throughout this entire thread!!
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Will do, but I haven't actually started the thread yet, on the other site.
Understood. I would enjoy seeing that if you do it. Thanks.

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Re: Worst Case scenario Bucket seat rebuild

Ok, couple pics of my fix for the broken track bolt...

here is the offending jamnut & broken bolt with the easy out broken off in the hole i drilled...




After drilling the spot welds and knocking it through with a sledge


my replacement stuck together with JB weld


Drilled another access hole in the rear of the frame since i couldn't hold the new nut up in place via the factory holes


Here it is after JB welding it into place from the inside:


And here is how i held it (incase the JB weld broke loose, but it didn't) when tightening


Major league unexpected last second pita! But i got it.

Next up... heres my buddy welding in our floor brackets after mocking up their location using an extra lower seat frame & my tracks


And....



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I'm very happy with how they turned out.
They feel great. The HD 9ga side support springs definitely aid in the side to side feel, without raising up the seating position. I'm not a small guy... 5'11" 245lbs and i fit just fine behind the wheel, head is NOT in the headliner and my leg can use the clutch w/o issue.

I have used reproduction seat springs before and none of the above would be true if i had gone that way... which is the reason why i went through all that hassle to make my own....

Anyway, Thanks for following along, its been a fun journey!
If nothing else, I hope it shows that anybody can do this stuff... its not rocket science!

I'll add some posts to the thread more when I do up the headrest covers in the next week or so as well.

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Now you got me wanting to dig out my crusty 66 frames and redoing them. My 68 seats just got new covers over the old foam, while they look okay, you can really tell they have miles on the foam. Jim
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Now you got me wanting to dig out my crusty 66 frames and redoing them. My 68 seats just got new covers over the old foam, while they look okay, you can really tell they have miles on the foam. Jim
Like a good friend and mentor of mine used to say... Nothin' to it but to do it!
Go get after it!

A trick many people used to do before the good ACI buns showed up on the market, go get some 1/4 foam sheet, and cut to fit and spray glue it over the original buns.
It will help to fill out your covers w/o causing the "too stiff" problem you find with the cheap offshore buns.

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