Second Generation Camaro Owners Group - Camaro Seat Restoration & information

Several styles of seats were offered in the Second Generation Camaro. 1970 was the ONLY year in which a low back seat with separate headrest was used. In 1971 the seat was redesigned which incorparated the headrest into the seat itself. These seats are called the high-back seat. It has a rounded top.

In 1976 (intended for 1975, with leather?) a fancier "custom" seat was designed to be included as part of the custom interior. It can be identified by the "flat" top. Note, 1975 was the only year leather was even suggested as an available interior material. Leather made it into VERY FEW delivered production cars.

In this photo (for description purposes only, ignore seat condition please) you can see an early style (1971/72) seat on the left, and a mid 70's seat on the right. Notice the rear plastic backing is a smaller solid panel, whereas on the 73 seat there is a square indentation on the seat. Starting in 1979 and/or on seats with higher level material, the rear of the seat will be a "zipper back" style. This eliminates the use of this plastic backing piece. Also notice on the bottom of the seat, the early style seat has the seat fabric stretched below it, while the 1973 style seat has a vinal foot cap creating a cleaner look and offering more protection to the lower seat area.

1973 Standard interior 1980 Custom interior

Seat Rails: Seat rails are specific to the driver side and passenger side. If you mix the seat rails up, the seat adjuster lever will be in the wrong spot, so it's not easy to screw up. It's usually obvious which rail is for which side. As a general rule, 1970 - 74 seat rails interchange within this year car. In 1975 the passenger floor was redesigned to accomodate the catalytic converter so the passenger seat rail was also redesigned. 1975 - 81 passenger seat rails should interchange between this era car. I believe the seat rails for the custom seat are different than the standard seat, so keep this in mind.

Rear Seat: The rear seat is interchangable across all second generation models. It's important to note that prior to mid-1973 the rear seat back was a wire frame with stuffing & burlap padding under the seat cover. This gives the rear seat a "plush" or fuller look. In mid-73 the rear seat used an injection molded full foam insert inside the steel frame.

If you have fairly decent seats in your car, you can simply recover them with quality seat covers.

Seat Removal and Installation

Remove the rear seats.
The rear seat bottom cushion is secured in a "U" shaped bracket in the floor pan. To remove the rear seats, you kneel into the forward edge of the back bottom seat while pushing up. Sorta drive the seat back with an upward motion and it'll pop out of the channel.
Once the 2 seat bottoms are out, there will be 2 7/16" bolts that secure the bottom of the rear seatback. Undo those and then lift the back seat up, while pulling the bottom forward. The back seat is hooked over a pair of hooks. This motion will unhook it.

Remove the front seats.
Trick, slide the seat ALL THE WAY FORWARD, this way you can get to the 2 bolts behind the seats. Once you remove those 2 bolts, slide the seat back, and the front bolts are easily accessable. Before you YANK THE SEAT OUT OF THE CAR, make sure you unhook any seatbelt warning wiring.

Seatbelt retainer
Beginning in 1974, an integrated triangular shaped plastic
seatbelt retainer is screwed to the top outer side of the seat. To remove this, you pinch the bottom end together and that will release the hook from the mounting pad on the seat.

Related Info: Typical Seat configuration - view

How to recover.
How to rebuild.
Related Components
Seat rails, seat trim, Seat Foam, Seat Springs, Seat Belts


Last updated: 11/10/2011
Author: MadMike Maciolek

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