1970 seat restoration help

Discussion in 'Interior Restoration' started by giggity, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. giggity

    giggity Veteran Member

    Mar 18, 2013
    Pearland, texas
    I'm considering restoring my 1970 seats myself. Anyone done this, have pictures, links to threads, etc. I've searched a few times and not really found what I'm looking for. I dont think I'm going to use the rear seat, no one can sit back there anyways. So i'm thinking of just carpeting the back part where the seat would be. I saw a 70 nova and it looked pretty clean.

    Specifically a step by step type thing.

    So far I've got this:

    1. Dis-mantel old seats. remove factory vinyl, cushion, ect.
    2. sand blast frames and springs.
    3. either powder coat or POR90 the metal.
    4. Buy covers, cushion, and spring tools, new springs(if needed)
    5. work cushions onto frames(glue i think)
    6. powder cushions and slip covers over.
    7. cuss...throw stuff, and try to cover cushions again(ive read this is a bi*ch)

    Ive also read that sometimes there is some extra space in the cushion and it leaves wrinkles. Not sure if they were using stock cushions or not.

    how to do the head rests? Or do you just buy new ones?

    How much did it cost you to do yourself. If you paid an upholstery shop, how much did they charge? Was it worth it?

    I've priced things at Classic industries around $1000 for just supplies.
  2. CamarosRus

    CamarosRus Veteran Member

    I'm a dealer for LEGENDARY new seat covers............
    PUI is much cheaper and Im told they are OK
    but LEGENDARY has better reputation????

    I have honestly not seen them installed SIDE x SIDE

    When I was shopping I could only find 1970 foam
    that mfg by OER (offshore).
    The domestic brand ACI does not make 1970 FOAM !!!
    I have not had my LEGENDARY covers installed yet
    so honestly NO conclusions on fit and finish from me

    Standard door panels are a NO brainer...ONLY
    LEGENDARY makes a quality reproduction....
    The PUI version has pleats that are TOO puffy.
    I have pics in another thread YOU can SEE ....
  3. giggity

    giggity Veteran Member

    Mar 18, 2013
    Pearland, texas
  4. joselk1

    joselk1 Veteran Member

    Jul 24, 2014
    Waterford, MI
    What he said is ACI (American cushion industries) doesn't make the foams for 70. American makes really nice cushion just not for our cars. I have the Legendary covers and new foam in my 70 seats and I'm very happy with it. I was going to do it myself, but found a deal to have all the seats done for 400. I'Ve watched a couple of seat restorations and I don't think it's that hard....a steamer seems to help get new covers on. Good luck
  5. CamarosRus

    CamarosRus Veteran Member

    joselk1, As I've not had my LEGENDARY covers installed on my OER Foam yet,
    did you SEE anything that your guy did "special" that I could pass onto my
    installer (??)......Any extra foam, burlap, anything different than a "stock"

  6. giggity

    giggity Veteran Member

    Mar 18, 2013
    Pearland, texas
    so your a legendary seller, but you
    Ah, i was confusing the ACI to be Classic Industries...makes more sense now.
    400 is not bad, if I knew a good place to do the work locally for 400 I might pay for it. Where did you get the foam?

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