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Old 10-04-2019, 01:16 AM
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The seat in my 64 feels like a low rider seat. Even adjusted all the way up I felt like I was leaning back while sitting in a bucket. I assume the seat frame is bad but can they be repaired fairly easy? Is this something that an upholstery shop commonly does? I called a guy that has a great reputation and he was very quick to tell me it was no problem without ever seeing the seat. He was just like yeah yeah yeah I can fix it before I even finished my sentence. Is it that easy?
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Old 10-06-2019, 04:54 PM
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Any GM car seat that is over 50 years old is going to have the same issues. All of the molded foam needs replaced, and your going to have to repair and/or replace all of the broken springs underneath the foam. The seats were not designed to last forever. If you seats are as bad as you say they are I would say broken, springs as well as cracked welds. Sometimes welds crack in the corners of the supporting framework. That has to be re-welded once all of the soft stuff & the springs are removed. There are layers of burlap and cotton fluff inside of those seats which goes bad over time, once unwrapped all that soft stuff needs replaced. None of that can be re-used. Any good seat shop should be able to fix those, before you go in you may want to order new seat covers and new molded foam.
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Old 10-06-2019, 06:14 PM
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The guy who did the seats in my ‘64 Tempest repaired the front seat upper on the drivers side by brazing it back together. The upper frames are spot welded sheet metal and crack next to the spot welds, mine had the same severe leaning back issue as yours does.
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Old 10-06-2019, 08:14 PM
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I already have the seat covers. Ironically or at least to me the regular tempest with its all vinyl seat with embossed arrowhead looks better than the cloth insert Tempest Custom but I didn’t know that when I ordered seat covers
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Usually, seat rebuilders use marine foam, it's denser, and lasts longer. Replacement foam is roughly the same. But, what usually happens is they 'over-stuff' the seats in anticipation of settling, and, they never settle.

I suggest whoever you have do them, to comment you don't want them over stuffed.


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