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#992976 - 01/21/14 03:54 PM Bucket seat upgrade  
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I'm looking to upgrade the bucket seats in my Monte SS. I'd like to stick with seats from a GM product, since the mounting points are generally the same throughout most of the car lines. I've seen a couple of threads about going to the '04-'06 GTO seats, but those seats would be tough to get here, and I'm not interested in doing quite that much work to fit them into the car. I've heard that some people have used newer Monte Carlo seats or newer Grand Prix seats. Is there much work involved to install these seats? Will they fit a stock mid '80s Monte seat track? I'm a fairly tall guy, so I'd like to mount the seats in a comfortable position for me. I've looked at some newer Grand Prix seats, but they were from a 4 door car, so there was no seatback release mechanism in them. Can those seats be modified to allow them to have a seatback release? Just trying to get some thoughts and opinions. If anyone can post photos of their installation, that would be great. Thanks in advance.

#993097 - 01/23/14 01:09 AM Re: Bucket seat upgrade [Re: clean8485]  
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The third and fourth generation Camaro/Firebird twins have been popular donors of bucket seats that will fit easily onto your existing bucket seat tracks.
I'd pass on four-door seats. Trying to get them to fold forward probably would be a waste of time.
Thinking of reupholstering in original materials? That would be a nice touch.


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#993107 - 01/23/14 03:55 AM Re: Bucket seat upgrade [Re: Clutch_Grabwell]  
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Thanks alot Clutch. I'm hoping to re-upholster whatever seats that I find in a similiar colour scheme to original, but with a bit more flair. I like what you've done with your interior. I hoping to end up with something similiar.

#993118 - 01/23/14 03:13 PM Re: Bucket seat upgrade [Re: clean8485]  
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I bought both the camaro and Firebird seats from the 90s+ for 30 bucks a seat. They worked great and were very comfy. The hard part is finding a set that hasn't been trashed. They bolted right into the existing seat brackets. For something a little nicer, people have gone with the afternmarket ones that run in teh 200+ perseat and then brackets. The downside to the GTO ones are the $$


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#993129 - 01/23/14 06:35 PM Re: Bucket seat upgrade [Re: blubaldmontess]  
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Thanks very much. I have a pair of late '80s Firebird GTA seats, with power lumbar. The seats have alot of plastic that would have to be re-dyed to match the interior of the car, so I'm hoping to find a pair of seats that don't have so much plastic on them.

#993132 - 01/23/14 08:29 PM Re: Bucket seat upgrade [Re: clean8485]  
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Fixing that is like 8-10 dollars a can, and you should only need 1.



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#993143 - 01/23/14 10:25 PM Re: Bucket seat upgrade [Re: kubihibi]  
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I understand about re-dying the parts, but there are alot of parts to re-dye on these seats, and if the parts wear, then the original colour will show through. I'd rather have something with a minimum of plastic to worry about.


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