Jim...I just switched from a stock bench to stock buckets in my 70 El Camino...the difference in comfort is negligible. The bench provides a bit more seating comfort while the bench provides a bit more lateral support. Neither seats are anything "to write home about"...the back cushion angle on the bucket seats are non-adjustable as are the bench seats(they can be permanently adjusted by bolstering the rubber bumper).
If I was going to spend a lot of time traveling in your car, I would look for a modern set of buckets to use that have adjustability and are more substantial. Good luck.
70 El Camino SS 396
51 Chev 3100 PU
If your also convert to floor shift there will be a lot of differences. Nothing like an individual bucket seat. You will have plenty of room for your self. Well, that will depend if you can get original buckets and restore them completelly with new springs, foam and covers. It will make you feel like in a new car!!
My '69 has rebuilt original buckets in it. Now after all these years of riding around in 'modern' buckets, I see (feel) how bad '69 model seats are. My ideal would be a 'modern' bucket, covered to look like originals. At least I wouldn't be "HANGIN ON" each time I took a corner, not to mention lower back support.
What seat would fit the Velles now-a-days? The buckets in my car are in terrible shape. They don't match and the guy I bought the car from said he really didn't care that they didn't match. He had the car since 1980. I bought it from him last year and the seats are nasty. Any help?
Sorry about jumping in your post and asking questions, hope you don't mind
We're in the process of a complete interior restoration on our 71 Camino and are considering using a Glide seat frame to replace the original bench. (http://www.glideengineering.com/products.htm) A very cool looking product, split with arm rest and adjustable, but expensive. About a grand for all the pieces. any body have any experience with this product?
I bought Corbau seats (however you spell it) They had brackets that mounted DIRECTLY to the floor for a 68-72 chevelle. The seats and brackets ran nearly 800 bucks but wow they are so comfortable i feel it was well worth it. They only have about 10 different models.
I have an org. 69 and a customized 69,I used some
honda pralude? buckets early 90s, they hug you,tilt.lay dowm,have lumbar adj.short backs with tilting head rests. Had to drill one hole, bolted right in.cost me 50.00 and traded that out. HTH GoodLuck;
I have late 80's Pontiac Grand Am seats in my 67 and the wife and I love 'em. My wife likes to stretch out on long trips and both seats recline. I/we think nothing of taking off to KC (450 miles), Nashville (1,000 miles), for a car show and driving 8-12 hours at a time. I recently picked up another pair for my 67 Elky. Naturally the reclining feature is moot but the seats themselves are still very comfortable.
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