75 Laguna Bucket Seat Upholstery Set Install

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75 Laguna Bucket Seat Upholstery Set Install

Post by g3chevy on Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:57 pm

Here are some pics of the upholstery job I did on my 75 Laguna. I think I did a better job than the shop I paid good money to for installing the seat kits in my 76 SS el camino.


Bare Steel Bucket Frame


Steel Bucket Frame Painted with Rust Encapsulator


New Seat Foam Kit...with modifications for proper fit


Installation of Upper Half


Drivers Side Completed


Back Seat Completed
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Post by JiMi_DRiX on Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:10 am

Looks really good. Where did you get the skins? Do you have a thread with pics of your cars? I would love to check them out!
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Post by dynchel on Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:43 am

Yes, very nice work.  I've been told swivels are are real p.I.t.a. to recover.  Hell Chris (1973454 Monte) told me he was quoted $1000.00 to recover his.
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Post by driveit on Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:05 pm

Those are awesome....... Why do you have to be in TX and not KY? ugh... Definitely post more pics!
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Post by g3chevy on Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:54 pm

These are supposed to be the hardest seats to upholster according to PUI Interiors. I would have to agree. The new seat foams are slightly different from the originals as well as the upholstery kit I purchased from 1A-Auto. As a result I had to use additional foam and loose fiber filling in several areas. The seat kit is for a 73 Cutlass 442 but will fit all the chevys with swivel buckets. Here are some additional pics.





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Post by Mcarlo77 on Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:01 pm

I think it's PUI who has a video on how they install the covers at their shop. Their resident expert is up on top of the work station wrestling with this seat he's covering and has one of those steamers poking it around trying to soften the vinyl. Makes it look near impossible for a do-it-yourselfer.

Do you have upholstery experience that allowed you to do such a nice job? They look perfect!
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Post by g3chevy on Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:08 pm

Here is the thread to the video I did of my 76 SS el camino.  http://www.g3gm.com/t6952-my-76-ss-el-camino-finally-restored

Also here are a couple pics.





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Post by driveit on Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:55 am

Beautiful.
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Post by g3chevy on Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:55 pm

I watched the PUI video to get a better idea of how to do it. I noticed their upholstery kits are slightly different than the kit I bought in the way they secure to the bucket frame. The end result appears to be a more clean look than the PUI setup. I'm very happy with the kit I purchased from 1A Auto. From what I can figure out, the manufacturer of this kit is Quality Car Interior which makes most of their products in the U.S. I did have access to a steamer which my wife purchased several years back for cleaning bathrooms and such which helped in removing some of the wrinkles. The only other experience I have had with upholstery is when I got my seats back from the upholstery shop after installing the same kit for my el camino and they looked like hammered crap....almost $500 later! Below is a couple pics of that job. So I took them apart when I got them home and re-installed them the best I knew how at the time and the result is in the pics I posted yesterday. They look pretty decent for an amateur like myself. I would think most anyone on this forum with any kind of technical skill can do this install with a little patience. I certainly wouldn't pay a shop again to do this job since most upholstery shops have never seen these types of seats to begin with.



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Re: 75 Laguna Bucket Seat Upholstery Set Install

Post by Dinomyte on Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:11 am

g3chevy - you look like a man who's taken these apart. How do you remove & reinstall the hard plastic cover from the back of the buckets?

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Post by g3chevy on Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:36 am

When the securing trim is remove around the entire perimeter of the seat you will probably see a couple of small screws near the bottom front edge of the hard plastic covers. Remove the screws and you should be able to work the plastic cover away from the steel bucket frame. Hope this helps.
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Post by Dinomyte on Mon Feb 09, 2015 2:09 pm

Thanks - do I just pull / pry the trim away? I can see that the plastic back seems like a loose piece in there, which would fit the 2 screws holding it in place description.

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Post by g3chevy on Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:02 am

With the securing trim and screws removed it should come right off. Start at the bottom and pull the plastic cover away from the steel frame from the hole where the swivel base bolts on. That should do the trick.
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Post by Dinomyte on Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:12 am

I meant how does the securing trim come off?
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Post by g3chevy on Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:30 am

The seam for the securing trim is at the bottom front of your seat. There maybe screws in it as well that you will have to remove from the trim before prying it off. This may take a little effort since there are small metal clips that hold it in place around the entire perimeter of the steel bucket. Most of the clips will stay on the steel bucket frame so they can be removed after the seat cover is off. You will need to cut all the hog rings from the seat covers if you want to remove it completely. Hope this all makes sense.
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Post by bitterfitter on Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:45 am

Is the set of covers in the photos with the securing trim from PUI?  I have a set from them and they do not have this trim around the outside.  I am disappointed as I expected it to be there as the original covers I removed had it.

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Re: 75 Laguna Bucket Seat Upholstery Set Install

Post by Wallyuph on Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:02 pm

If you are talking about the Black pinch welt it goes on after the covers are installed. Here is a place to get it from wholesale.
http://www.rochfordsupply.com/shop/Fasteners/Pinch_welt/index.html
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Re: 75 Laguna Bucket Seat Upholstery Set Install

Post by g3chevy on Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:22 pm

The kits I have used were manufactured by Quality Car Interior, sold by 1A-Auto. They use pinch welt trim like Wallyuph mentioned earlier. Below are a couple pics of the left over trim from my project to give you a better idea.


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