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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old Sep 4th, 19, 9:25 PM Thread Starter
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70 Bucket seats value?

I recently upgraded my seats and took out a set of (what look to be) pretty original buckets. They are in excellent condition. I would appreciate any input on their value. Thanks!!
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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old Sep 4th, 19, 9:30 PM
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Re: 70 Bucket seats value?

Good year and good color. From the pics they appear to be in good shape. If the plastic isn't scratched up I'd say $800.00- $1K.
What seats did you swap to?
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Good year and good color. From the pics they appear to be in good shape. If the plastic isn't scratched up I'd say $800.00- $1K.
What seats did you swap to?
I’d say the plastic is in very good shape.
I bought a set from TMI that best approaches a stock look. After installing them last night, they’re very comfortable, firm, and keep my a$$ in place. The passenger seat is the new one, the headrest went on later.
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post #4 of 34 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 19, 12:24 AM
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Re: 70 Bucket seats value?

It’s sometimes hard getting that kind of money in the local market. You are relying on someone within driving distance who needs those exact seats and is willing to pay your price to see your ad. That’s not always going to happen. Are you willing to ship? If so, that might not be a bad option and you might be able to get a higher price too.

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Re: 70 Bucket seats value?

I LOVE the new TMI seats. Thank you for posting the pics! I have come close to ordering a set several times over the last year or two.

FWIW...
Your old seats are not original. have been recovered with PUI covers somewhere along the line.
There is something visibly wrong with the springs on the bottom- they should not be jammed through the holes like that, it almost looks like someone removed the metal tabs that should hold them in place... You can see the next spring over is held in place properly by its tab, but those two are not and there is no tab visible in the hole... So something is definitely wrong there.

The frame itself and tracks appear to be in nice shape, minimal rust and the tracks, plastics and headrests are all in place.

assuming the other seat is essentially the same (And hopefully not broken in the same way)- then I'd place value between $350-$500 for the pair depending how patient a seller you are.
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Search tempest will give you an idea of current asking prices. Most I see are junk going for way too much. https://www.searchtempest.com/
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post #7 of 34 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 19, 7:37 AM
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assuming the other seat is essentially the same (And hopefully not broken in the same way)- then I'd place value between $350-$500 for the pair depending how patient a seller you are.
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Im suprised at that value. For several years now I have only seen seats that need a complete restoration at that price range and many times they are priced even higher. The spring issue is an easy fix however it has me wondering if these seats have the typical broken corner support springs and original buns. Getting back to the value if someone came across a set of cores at $350.00 and they were not completely trashed I would suggest they buy them. Even at $350.00 they could and most likely would surpass the a $800.00 mark especially if they don't do the resto themselves.
I like your new seats also. On a side note I recently came across a guy that had the same TMI seats in a 69. He said that with the big bolster seat one needs a tilt wheel. I'm sure one doesn't NEED a tilt wheel but I bet it helps. Getting into a Chevelle is a little on the tight side even with regular seats when compared to a modern car.

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I LOVE the new TMI seats. Thank you for posting the pics! I have come close to ordering a set several times over the last year or two.

FWIW...
Your old seats are not original. have been recovered with PUI covers somewhere along the line.
There is something visibly wrong with the springs on the bottom- they should not be jammed through the holes like that, it almost looks like someone removed the metal tabs that should hold them in place... You can see the next spring over is held in place properly by its tab, but those two are not and there is no tab visible in the hole... So something is definitely wrong there.

The frame itself and tracks appear to be in nice shape, minimal rust and the tracks, plastics and headrests are all in place.

assuming the other seat is essentially the same (And hopefully not broken in the same way)- then I'd place value between $350-$500 for the pair depending how patient a seller you are.
I think that you are WAY off. I don't see him having any trouble getting 800 or more for them. I sold a pair needing restoration for $250 almost 25 years ago. Someone could bolt these in and go as is.
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post #9 of 34 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 19, 8:05 AM
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save them as they are originals to the car
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I’d say the plastic is in very good shape.
I bought a set from TMI that best approaches a stock look. After installing them last night, they’re very comfortable, firm, and keep my a$$ in place. The passenger seat is the new one, the headrest went on later.

I really like how you did the pic of one old and one new seat. Can clearly see the difference it makes. I assume you bout the TMI seats that come complete, Any issues with the install? They look good!


You leaving the back stock?
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Good year and good color. From the pics they appear to be in good shape. If the plastic isn't scratched up I'd say $800.00- $1K.
What seats did you swap to?
Agree.

Just post these on Ebay and say "local pickup only."

I know I would drive 400-500 miles if I needed them.

Good luck !
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post #12 of 34 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 19, 8:39 AM
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One criticism I have about the TMI seats is that they felt the need to plaster their logo on the side of the seat. It would bother me enough not to buy them. I hate when companies feel the need to do that. At the very least I feel if the do so they should do it in a way that it could be removed if the end user desires to do so. This dislike of mine doesn't apply just to seats it applies to any part.
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I really like how you did the pic of one old and one new seat. Can clearly see the difference it makes. I assume you bout the TMI seats that come complete, Any issues with the install? They look good!


You leaving the back stock?
The driver's seat went in like butter. The passenger bracket needed one hole enlarged in order to fit. Other than that, it was a breeze. The seats sit a little lower than the old ones.
I'm leaving the back as is for now as TMI doesn't have a "drop-in" rear seat bench like they do for the front.


This is what both seats in looks like
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post #14 of 34 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 19, 11:02 AM
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I agree with the ebay ad and local pickup. Selling on CL is an exercise in patience with stupidity.
At least with ebay, you minimize the craziness.
I think the price estimate of just shy of $1000 is a good start.
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I think that you are WAY off. I don't see him having any trouble getting 800 or more for them. I sold a pair needing restoration for $250 almost 25 years ago. Someone could bolt these in and go as is.
It could be that I'm way off... but to me those seats still need new buns & covers, and I would never pay that much for a seat that still needs to be restored.
Even if they are good enough for a driver quality ride today- my eye is still on the coming cost to "make them right" and the cost to restore them ontop of the cost just to buy the seats at $800-$1k is simply too high IMO.

Now thats not to say that some buyers wouldn't jump all over them at $800- seats are getting harder to find and these do "appear" nice- but if a customer was to send me a link to these advertised at $800-$1k and asked what I think, I would tell them to pass as way too expensive or to offer a max of $500-$600 if they absolutely had to have them.

As always, this is just my opinion, and we all know what those are like. Just putting it out there for perspective. :-)

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Brad- I totally agree with you, TMI is doing themselves a disservice by not offering an option to NOT have the logo embroidered into the side of their covers. even $40-$50 more to not have that would be something many would be willing to do. At least these are stitched in black so they are not AS visible.
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