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Hi guys-My name is Dave-I had the question about white interior you were all so helpful with-I am restoring a 1970 SS with the original LS5 454-So I'm trying to start out on the right foot and not do an injustice this car! Here's the next question-I bought the correct buckets for this car but no headrests-are bench seat headrest compatible? Also, how difficult is it to find a new wiring harness for power windows? Lastly, I've had a few chevelles in the past and always thought the factory tires, (which always used) were too narrow-any recommendations as to what size tire would fill out the car better? Or is factory size the only real option? I've seen a few with wider tires and thought they looked a little more 'formidable'? What's your thoughts?
Thanks in advance for all you expertise!!!
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Bucket seat and Bench seat headrests are different and do not interchange. Bucket seat headrests have 2 posts, while the bench headrests uses a single flat bar.

As for wheels and tires, you're only limited by your imagination. You're certainly not limited by stock sizes, which were definitely on the skinny side. You'll get a lot of opinions on what looks good though. My preference...15x7 up front with 245/60/15...and in back 15x8 with 275/60/15. Backspacing would 4" in front and 4.5" out back. Again, that's just my opinion. But you could also sqeeze in the back a 15x10 wheel(5.5" backspacing) with 28x12 tire (McCreary, M/T, etc.). That would look very good.
 

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Dave,

As far as tires go, they are reproducing the original type tires which are an exact replica of the the factory tires if you are trying for a 100% restoration.

Coker Tires sells them.. a place in Dallas, TX does as well.

You just have to decide what you want. Maybe a set of Custom wheels AND a set of Original SS wheels and tires.

Good luck.
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Concerning headrests:

Bench vs. Bucket - incompatible as stated above.

My 70SS with a white interior came to me (not the factory) with out headrests. Headrests were federally mandated by that time, so I started looking for a set of headrests used for buckets.

What I found is that the headrests from the Astro buckets of ANY GM A-body (Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Cutlass, Elky, etc.) are the same. In fact the headrests I have now came out of a 70 Grand Prix. I've compared them with a "real" Chevelle's and they are identical. I've also seen a yellow Cutlass convertible in my neighborhood with buckets and again, the headrests are the same.

I think that our sponsor Ground Up has reproduction headrest availible. Good quality used ones are kinda hard to come by, especially in your/my color. I had to dye a nice set of brown ones white. I'll do the pearl dying later

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