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Post by MarchingFalcon on Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:41 pm

I was just given a sweet deal on a set of swivel buckets and complete console for my 1977 Chevelle. Not certain what year Chevelle they came out of but they are all the same correct? I need to get them re-upholstered into white vinyl, but that is not an issue. How easy of a swap is it? I want to make it look correct , so do I need another steering column, or just a collar? Please inform.

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Post by Limey SE on Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:20 pm

You can switch the collar Will need the Console Brackets and Swivel seat brackets an The swivel seat belts..... My Freind Kevin Stroh in Michigan makes all the brackets needed if your On Facebook look him up Tell Him Anthony Heckman sent ya

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Post by Hawk03 on Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:22 am

Here are a couple of threads that go into more detail on the swap. Its not difficult if you have the seat brackets or can make them.

Page 5 of this thread has more details and measurement of outer side rear seat belt and seat bracket location.
https://www.g3gm.com/t8866p75-interior-removal-update

https://www.g3gm.com/t2671-installing-swivel-buckets
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Post by MarchingFalcon on Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:19 pm

Ok, got the Buckets and console, now how much different are the seat belts? will I need to get both pieces? ALSO.. did they make a swivel bucket car without the console? I think that will look cool and different!
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:02 am

Here is a pic I have of a swivel bucket seat belt set (including the rears).  Note the long, front inner belts in plastic sleeves shown in the center.  Also, be advised that the male buckle ends are different than what you have on your bench seat belts.  They will NOT work with your existing inner belts if you are considering re-using those.  It WOULD be possible to swap the belt straps from your existing outer belts to the correct swivel type retractors and then re-use your existing inner belts.  I mention this only as an alternative if you can't find swivel belt retractors with correct color belts and wouldn't mind floppy inner belts that won't stand up alongside the seats for easy access.

As for cars that came with swivel buckets and no console...yes, they were out there.  I've come across two of them over the years at the JY's...one I recall being a '73 El Camino SS.

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