I'm sure this has happened to some of you... You lay down good money on a set of bucket seat cores- (these things aint cheap anymore!) They look ok on the outside, then you get them home and start to tear them down and HOLY MOLY, they are TRASH.
Well, this thread is to show you this happens to all of us-
I do a dozen or so seats a year for customers and should know better- but I bought these 1970 Olds 442 Seat cores (traded $350 labor for them) sight unseen based on photos, planning to put them into my own 68 Chevelle.
Not too bad right?
Basically these are up there among the worst condition seats I've ever done.
These had apparently been left outside for some time and they had been used as a rodent home for a long time.
The whole bottom edgewire in one upper cushion is rusted away, every spring is rusted through and broken along that bottom edge, the other upper cushion the entire edgewire is rusted & thinned down to a needle around the entire perimeter, springs rusted through at the bottom edge. Half the spring clamps are rusted off.
Lower cushions were actually mostly intact, some broken springs, but again the edgewires so pitted and whittled away with rust they are dangerously thin in places.
I COULD lay down a pile of cash and buy reproduction spring assemblies... i think they run around $380 by the time you buy all 4 of them, which are known to be overly stiff anyway.. But I'm not gonna shell out cash when i can fix them myself, right? ;-)
To Be continued....