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Post by 76 Malibu Tue 21 May 2024 - 13:41

I am considering doing a bucket seat swap in my car. I want something period correct, and I was going to try to get it upholstered to match my back seat. I am not a big fan of the swivel buckets and they are apparently really expensive to get reupholstered. I did find a sent for about $700 but they are upholstered in some velour like cloth. I have seen a lot of 2nd Gen F-body seats come up. Has anyone tried swapping these in a G3? Also, would I able to use my stock bench seat seat belt mechanism?
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Post by Limey SE Tue 21 May 2024 - 14:36

I am putting 1977 Grand Prix seats in Mine dumped the swivels along time ago
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Post by Mcarlo77 Tue 21 May 2024 - 19:28

You want the ultimate in period correct bucket seats, find yourself a pair off a Cutlass Salon. This '77 being parted at French Lake Auto here in MN has a decent set in blue velour. Was out there yesterday and car is still there. Didn't pay attention as to whether the seats were still in it...but, I'm guessing they still are. May be running back out there on Thursday. If interested, I could check them out for you. Or, give them a call at 320-274-8497.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/145543386101?itmmeta=01HYETGYCPFDFQXSGV9KQ9Z78J&hash=item21e30fd3f5:g:WggAAOSwqaZlnLyD
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Post by Keith Seymore Wed 22 May 2024 - 7:49

After 46 years I just now went away from the swivel buckets, because of the weight.

I replaced them with race buckets and then had the seat covers upholstered to match.

These are sitting on aluminum channel stock.  The seat itself (not including the swivel) went from 31 lbs to 12 lbs.

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Post by Mcarlo77 Wed 22 May 2024 - 9:25

Those look great, Keith! And yes, the swivels are heavy. I like them, though...if, for no other reason, than for the novelty factor. Weight savings is not a concern for my type of driving; nor, do I spend long periods of time behind the wheel. So, can't really attest to how comfortable they would be on a long road trip, for example. Wish I knew of someone in the Twin Cities area that would reupholster these swivels. Visited several shops some years ago and nobody wanted to touch them. Ended up doing the ones in the Laguna myself after reviewing the PUI video. Wasn't a particularly fun job, but turned out pretty nice; although I'd stop short of calling them show car worthy.
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Post by 76Chevelle2Tone Wed 22 May 2024 - 17:02

76 Malibu wrote:I am considering doing a bucket seat swap in my car.  I want something period correct, and I was going to try to get it upholstered to match my back seat.  I am not a big fan of the swivel buckets and they are apparently really expensive to get reupholstered.  I did find a sent for about $700 but they are upholstered in some velour like cloth.  I have seen a lot of 2nd Gen F-body seats come up.  Has anyone tried swapping these in a G3?  Also, would I able to use my stock bench seat seat belt mechanism?  

If you have bench seats now and you are going to buckets the shoulder/ seat belt attachment  location is different and I assume the floor bolts too looking at my Fisher Body Manual. Unfortunately I have never owned a G3 coupe with buckets so I don't know the installation specifics beyond what is in  the Fisher manual. My car is a bench with arm rest.
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Post by Limey SE Wed 22 May 2024 - 17:08

My FB friend Kevin Stroh makes the brackets Needed to convert from bench to Buckets and console if wanted his Info let me know

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Post by 76 Malibu Wed 22 May 2024 - 20:36

Great information guys. My bench seat is still good, but my vision for my car is to make a little sportier. Plus, I am pretty tall, so I am hoping I might be able to get some more room with buckets. Those seats in Keith's car look great. I have considered getting modern seats and having them upholstered to match the rears. I also like the Grand Prix seats and the Cutlass Salon seats. I'd like to find something within driving distance though, I think seats are too big and heavy to ship. That's why I mentioned 2nd Gen F-Body seats, as there were lots available.

Limey, I'd like to get that info from you. This is a long term project, just trying to come up with a plan for my car and start accumulating parts. Has anyone use his brackets on the forum?
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Post by 76Chevelle2Tone Wed 22 May 2024 - 21:11

76 Malibu wrote: my vision for my car is to make a little sportier.  
 

Do you have exterior sport striping? I mean the kind that came on the Classic models like mine. That would be a cheap sporty upgrade. Also a sport style steering wheel.
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Post by Limey SE Wed 22 May 2024 - 21:38

Not here they haven't but I know at least 14 people on FB used them with great results

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Post by 76 Malibu Tue 28 May 2024 - 15:30

76Chevelle2Tone wrote:
76 Malibu wrote:  my vision for my car is to make a little sportier.  
  

Do you have  exterior sport striping? I mean the kind that came on the Classic models like mine. That would be a cheap sporty upgrade. Also a sport style steering wheel.

My car has pin striping, but that's it. What is the sport striping?

Limey SE wrote:Not here they haven't but I know at least 14 people on FB used them with great results

Interesting. I tried to join the FB page, but my status is pending.
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Post by 76Chevelle2Tone Tue 28 May 2024 - 16:17

Sport striping = Pin striping if you mean the thin double stripes along the fenders and rear quarters.
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Post by 76 Malibu Wed 29 May 2024 - 21:32

76Chevelle2Tone wrote:Sport striping = Pin striping if you mean the thin double stripes along the fenders and rear quarters.

Yes, my car has that type of pin striping.
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Post by 76Chevelle2Tone Wed 29 May 2024 - 22:07

OK well then you might consider my other thought which was a sport steering wheel. You could also spruce up the hubcaps if you haven't done so already. How fresh is the pint?
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Post by impalamonte Thu 30 May 2024 - 8:08

On page one of my post.

 https://www.g3gm.com/t8709-update-1973-monte-carlo-body-off-frame-resto-now-with-ls

Got rid of my swivels many years ago and opted for units that would recline. And me, wanting the sportier route too! The swivels being a rigid seat stopped being comfortable for when
I was doing ...at times....1500 miles " in a week trips".

 You may not go this route. Just an idea for alternatives if things dont "pan out for you".

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Post by Finn Monte Tue 4 Jun 2024 - 11:00

impalamonte wrote:On page one of my post.

 https://www.g3gm.com/t8709-update-1973-monte-carlo-body-off-frame-resto-now-with-ls

Got rid of my swivels many years ago and opted for units that would recline. And me, wanting the sportier route too!  The swivels being a rigid seat stopped being comfortable for when
I was doing ...at times....1500 miles " in a week trips".

 You may not go this route. Just an idea for alternatives if things dont "pan out for you".

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my monte carlo will also have those pro car seats.
one of my friends has them in his Chevelle and that's what I liked about them.
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Post by 76 Malibu Fri 7 Jun 2024 - 16:19

76Chevelle2Tone wrote:OK well then you might consider my other thought which was a sport steering wheel. You could also spruce up the hubcaps if you haven't done so already. How fresh is the pint?

Yes, I was thinking of the sport wheel. Actually, I kind of like that wheel that Impala Monte has on his car. I have 5-spoke aluminum cragars on the car for wheels, they look decent, similar to a torque thrust. The paint is a little over 20 years old. It's decent, just needs some touch-ups.

impalamonte wrote:On page one of my post.

 https://www.g3gm.com/t8709-update-1973-monte-carlo-body-off-frame-resto-now-with-ls

Got rid of my swivels many years ago and opted for units that would recline. And me, wanting the sportier route too!  The swivels being a rigid seat stopped being comfortable for when
I was doing ...at times....1500 miles " in a week trips".

 You may not go this route. Just an idea for alternatives if things dont "pan out for you".

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I definitely see the appeal of Procars. My only issue is that I'd have to get them reupholstered to match my interior. I have a buckskin brown interior with cloth/vinyl seats.

What steering wheel is that on your car?
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Post by impalamonte Mon 10 Jun 2024 - 19:08

Hi 76 Malibu
The steering wheel is from a 86-88 Monte SS
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