Chevelles.com banner

1 - 20 of 21 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
68 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Hello,
Our '66 started life as a bench seat car. 1'st owner converted to unknown, but not Chevelle buckets, by bolting them to the floor. When we were starting the restoration a few years ago, I picked up a set of Chevelle buckets on craigslist. They looked good, until I got the covering and foam out, frame was rusted through.
Thought we could salvage the tracks, and picked up a pair of Dynacorn frames. Probably not our best decision, probably not our worst.
Found the sticky with the proper brackets, which we will have welded in. Today, we tried to mount the tracks to the brackets, and seat, and found the inboard track is shorter than the outboard track on each side. The previous owner of the seats had, it appears, built a bracket for those two tracks, I think? This can't be a factory bracket, can it? If so, why not just make the track the correct length?

Assuming my inboard tracks are wrong, and the adapter, which is roughly 1/4" thick, will push the seat up, any thoughts on the best option to correct this?

Thanks
Greg
 

Attachments

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,825 Posts
Is one track taller than the other? What is the center to center measurement of the bolt holes where the track mounts to the floor? Sounds to me like you may have NOVA seat tracks. Please post more pictures, with some of a side view. 1966 slides should have the front bolt holes notched out, not completely enclosed like the rear bolt holes would be. I do not think you have 1966 slides for an A body there. Black knobs on the lever did not come out until 1971. A 1966 usually uses a weird shaped chrome knob on the lever.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,825 Posts
That extra bracket is not from GM. Both of the tracks for each seat should be the same over all length. Your do not appear to be the same length.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
68 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
Is one track taller than the other? What is the center to center measurement of the bolt holes where the track mounts to the floor? Sounds to me like you may have NOVA seat tracks. Please post more pictures, with some of a side view. 1966 slides should have the front bolt holes notched out, not completely enclosed like the rear bolt holes would be. I do not think you have 1966 slides for an A body there. Black knobs on the lever did not come out until 1971. A 1966 usually uses a weird shaped chrome knob on the lever.
Thanks, will take some additional pictures. I know they aren't '66 seats, they came with latches to prevent them from moving forward. Thought they should be the same length, and appreciate your confirmation.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,825 Posts
If they have steel back panels and steel lower panels with seat back locking mechanisms they are 1967 seats. The tracks would still be mismatched.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
68 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
Good info, thanks. They did have steel backs and bottoms. Would love to find out how they ended up with a mismatched set of seat tracks, they did look like they had been on the seats for decades when I pulled them off.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,825 Posts
Could you post a picture of the slides for your other seat? I think that I may have this figured out, but need more pictures.
 

·
Premium Member
'66 Aztec Bronze
Joined
·
1,314 Posts
Black knobs on the lever did not come out until 1971. A 1966 usually uses a weird shaped chrome knob on the lever.
Does anyone know where to source these weird shaped chrome knobs? I need both for my '66!

They did have steel backs and bottoms.
'66 use one a year only steel seat back, because there are no openings in them for a seat back release. (there is no seat back lock on a '66)

Here is a picture of the seat tracks that came on the strato bucket seats that came with on '66. These are not original '66 seats, as they came with center latch releases on the seat backs. (I removed the release mechanisms altogether for my '66) But I do think the tracks are the same as a '66 strato bucket seats. Driver side tracks are at the top of the photo.
 

Attachments

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,825 Posts
1966 seat tracks have notched front bolt holes. Those have enclosed bolt holes. They are from a newer car than a 1966. All the 1966 seats that I have seen had notched front bolt holes. If those black knobs are original to the slide tracks, they are 71 or 72 slide tracks in your picture.
 

·
Premium Member
'66 Aztec Bronze
Joined
·
1,314 Posts
1966 seat tracks have notched front bolt holes. Those have enclosed bolt holes. They are from a newer car than a 1966. All the 1966 seats that I have seen had notched front bolt holes. If those black knobs are original to the slide tracks, they are 71 or 72 slide tracks in your picture.
Then these tracks are probably a match to the strato buckets, as they had the "center of the back" push button lock release..... which I think started in 69?
Yes, they came with the black knobs, but I don't know if they are original knobs or not.

I'd LOVE to find those '66 chrome knobs you spoke of!
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
737 Posts
aren't those chrome knobs repopped? I could swear that they are
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
737 Posts
are they the same knobs for all GM A-body buckets?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
737 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
68 Posts
Discussion Starter #15
both sides are the same, the track with the latch is long, and fits to the repo frames we have. both inboard tracks are short, and don't mount. Its weird.
 

Attachments

·
Premium Member
'66 Aztec Bronze
Joined
·
1,314 Posts
All 4 tracks that mount to the seat base are the same length: 15 7/16"
All 4 mounting holes of tracks to seat base are same distance front to back. (around 15 1/8" center to center)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,009 Posts
1 - 20 of 21 Posts
Top