re-upholstering c4 and c3 corvette seats

Discussion in 'Body and Interior: Repairs and Modifications' started by grumpyvette, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. grumpyvette

    grumpyvette Administrator Staff Member

    watch video
    http://www.mamotorworks.com/corvette-c4 ... -9892.html

    http://www.vetteweb.com/tech/0306vet_c4 ... index.html

    http://www.vetteweb.com/tech/0307vet_c4 ... index.html

    http://www.corvettemagazine.com/interio ... ement.html

    http://www.mamotorworks.com/corvette-c4 ... -3972.html

    http://content.mamotorworks.com/pdf/vet ... 5-2005.pdf

    http://content.mamotorworks.com/pdf/vet ... 6-2005.pdf

    http://content.mamotorworks.com/pdf/vet ... 8-2005.pdf

    http://www.mamotorworks.com/corvette-c4 ... -9091.html

    http://www.mamotorworks.com/corvette?frame=1.1001

    http://www.mamotorworks.com/corvette?frame=1.1001

    http://www.zip-corvette.com/GroupDetail ... .aspx?gid={aca2fba5-a378-4659-bed6-5447c6a71c52}&SearchType=_GROUP_SEARCH&GroupName=Seat+Covers+%26+Hardware&

    http://www.vette2vette.com/ (used parts)

    viewtopic.php?f=61&t=981&p=1717&hilit=+hog+rings+pliers#p1717

    related info
    http://garage.grumpysperformance.co...eplacing-c4-corvette-carpet.10649/#post-68534

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    if youve never done a seat reupholster job Id suggest you ask around , and offer to help someone do their car before you do yours..
    (remember the advice to join the local muscle car and corvette clubs, and get a shop manual, yeah! I was serious...even if 70% of the members don,t know how to do more than drink beer and polish and wax cars)
    yes you can do this, watch the videos and read the links
    you will need the seat cover installation kit ,
    you will need the new foam,
    you will need the new seat covers and
    you will need the hog ring pliers , rings and retention wires to complete a seat rebuild, pay attention to how things come apart and take pictures because its not super simple to do the first time, but its far from something only the dealership or an upholstery shop can accomplish either.

    now this looks really difficult, and truthfully its best done with experienced help, because the seat covers take a good deal of pulling and stretching to get them to fit correctly and yes you need some 6"-8" dikes to cut the old hog rings, but with some care its about a 3-4 hour job for a beginner if you have new foam, covers and tools and a good deal of the times in figuring how things come apart or go back


    IF your not overly concerned with exact authenticity
    http://www.corbeau.com
    has seats that look great and are competitively priced that can be adapted for use with much less effort
    you can buy replacement foam and seat covers separately, or covers already mounted on foam for a few hundred dollars more, the whole seats in several designs are available new from the aftermarket and if your not concerned a great deal with originality theres always the option of late model salvage yard wrecks supplying seats

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    C3 corvette seats

    http://www.vetteweb.com/tech/vemp_0405_ ... to_04.html

    http://www.corvettefever.com/techarticl ... to_01.html

    http://www.corvettefever.com/techarticl ... pholstery/

    http://www.corvettefever.com/techarticl ... to_05.html



     
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 27, 2017
  2. grumpyvette

    grumpyvette Administrator Staff Member

    Re: re-upholstering c4 corvette seats

    looking for better seats
    my sons 1992 corvettes got those damn narrow factory seats with the extended side supports that in his vette,are rather uncomfortable and difficult to get in and out of, and before you comment on my lack of weight watcher meeting attendance,being the main issue here I measured my corvette seats in all three of my corvettes and I fit and feel fine in those.
    his seats need to be replaced or totally re-upholstered, they are just very uncomfortable.
    so Im going to need to replace the seats as re-upholstering them would seem rather a waste of effort, so Im open for ideas gentlemen, as Im about to replace a good deal of his cars interior
     
  3. Indycars

    Indycars Administrator Staff Member

    Re: re-upholstering c4 corvette seats


    Will the seats from the same year Vette as you have and like, fit in the 1992 Vette???

    Seems like that would be the easiest way to solve the problem, but maybe not the cheapest.
     
  4. grumpyvette

    grumpyvette Administrator Staff Member

    Re: re-upholstering c4 corvette seats

    Im sure I can get rebuilt or used seats from several sources or re-upholster my kids cars seats, but Im looking at the option now of aftermarket seats as a replacement before I decide on what route to follow.
    BTW I completely rebuilt the seats in my 1985 corvette, and replaced the carpets, etc. so I know whats involved and the cost for the re-upholstery kits is not cheap, I probably had $800 in just two seat kits, once the manufacturers see the name CORVETTE the price on any part jumps up significantly

    BTW heres some interesting info

    all the corvette parts are available on line from several sources, its an old car in most peoples view but corvettes have a strong cult support, theres bound to be minor repairs required,and theres dozens of part sources.

    http://www.zip-corvette.com/catalogsearch/result/?cat=&q=1969+t-top+stainless+trim

    http://www.ecklerscorvette.com/exterior-parts-and-trim/roof-panels-and-t-tops/roof-panel-and-top-hardware.html?cat=775&ea_a=&ea_bc=&ea_c=exterior-parts-and-trim_roof-panels-and-t-tops_roof-panel-and-top-hardware.html&ea_path=-ymm%3d%271969%7eCHEVROLET%7eCORVETTE%27/exterior-parts-and-trim.html/exterior-parts-and-trim_roof-panels-and-t-tops.html&gclid=CP21_qrGwtMCFYFEhgod7bIN5A&gclsrc=aw.ds

    http://www.wernersparts.com/N.O.S. New Old Stock.htm

    https://www.gulfcoastcorvette.com/

    http://www.parts123.com/parts123/yb...~S4WJ0R0YYF99177616814a~Z5Z5Z5~Z5Z5Z50000036b

    http://www.parts123.com/corvettecen...0&page=1&_ga=1.25837309.1359699975.1493224836



    http://wescoperformance.stores.yahoo.net/seatbelts.html

    http://content.mamotorworks.com/pdf/vet ... 5-2005.pdf

    http://content.mamotorworks.com/pdf/vet ... 6-2005.pdf

    http://content.mamotorworks.com/pdf/vet ... 8-2005.pdf

    http://www.mamotorworks.com/corvette-1-0-9892.html

    http://www.mamotorworks.com/corvette-1-0-2961.html


     
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  5. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member



    http://www.superchevy.com/how-to/0306vet-c4-interior-upgrade-install/

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    Great Job! Where did you get the rear deck insert?
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2016
  6. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member


    I recently had a friend purchase two really nice looking bucket seats for his corvette,

    HE LOOKED AT THE RE-UPOLSTERY KITS AND DECIDED,
    THAT BY THE TIME HE BOUGHT THE KIT AND HAD SOMEONE REBUILD THE SEATS,
    IT WAS FASTER AND CHEAPER TO BUY NEW SEATS
    IT was only after

    the seats arrived he thought to ask if they would bolt to the O.E.M. seat brackets
    (NO THEY DID NOT)
    and by the time he got the correct mount brackets the cost increased 40%,
    once he installed the seats he found they were about 19" wide inside,

    and he really needed about a 21" wide seat to fit his old BUTT comfortably..
    and the O.E.M. power adjustment option was no longer functional

    there are reasons that most experienced guys who do upholstery work charge the money they do,
    and reasons why most experienced guys don,t,
    just randomly swap seats in corvettes


    the seats looked damn impressive, when delivered.....then he started to learn about reality!
    you don,t just unbolt stock seats and bolt in MOST aftermarket seats,
    and if your on the chunky side those great looking seats may not fit your overly wide BUTT!

    I thought I'd put out a few facts that I see some guys never bother to research

    READ THE FINE PRINT VERY CAREFULLY AND ASK LOTS OF DETAILED QUESTIONS

    (1) if your in the market for new seats in your project car you'll want to,
    ask a few basic questions before,
    you use that credit card thats burning a hole in your pocket!
    (other than the advertised COST)
    AND
    (WHAT COLOR AND MATERIAL OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE)
    AND
    (ARE YOU THE MANUFACTURER OR A DROP SHIPPER?)

    (A) do the seats come with any guarantee/warrantee,
    and what exactly does it cover and for how long?
    (HOW ARE THE SEATS PACKED AND WILL THEY BE DELIVERED TO MY HOME?)

    (B) do the seats come with mount brackets or do they fit the O.E.M. seat brackets?
    (if the car has power seat adjusters will the new seats work with them)

    (C)are SOLID MOUNTING brackets available If I don,t have any?
    (COST) ARE THE SEATS RATED FOR RACE USE?

    (D) do the seat brackets adjust as to position forward & back, mounting angle or recline?(are there options)

    (E) do the seats use the factory mount holes to bolt in?(are bolts included?)

    (F) do the factory seat belts work, or do you need matching after -market belts?

    (G) if you need different MOUNTS OR BRACKETS OR BELTS DO THEY SHIP WITH THE SEATS

    (h) (what is the expected time delay between ordering and ALL products ordering arriving?)

    (I) HOW TALL AND WIDE IS THE SEAT INSIDE DIMENSIONS
    (IF YOUR ON THE HEAVY SIDE THIS CAN BE CRITICAL)
    you certainly don,t want a seat your old butt can,t fit into.

    (J) whats your return policy if ...
    I'M NOT HAPPY WITH THE QUALITY OR FIT AND FUNCTION?

    (K)what are the shipping costs?

    (L) IF I NEED REPAIRS OR SPARE PARTS ARE THEY AVAILABLE?

     
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2016
  7. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

  8. dawsonc

    dawsonc Member

    Nice thread. My next project is to restore my seats, so this will be helpful.
     
  9. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    you'll need some basic tools, but once you understand the process and order in which things are done,
    its generally not all that difficult, if you watch a few videos first.
    watching the videos and carefully reading instructions, carefully several times, is critical if you have limited experience
    you'll damn sure need hog ring pliers and hog rings
    but the best tip I can put out is buy the very best quality upholstery kits ,
    you can afford from a high quality manufacturer with a good long tern reputation,
    as the dirt cheap import crap will make you insane!
    it rarely fits and its much easier to damage or tear or stain.don,t scrimp, a couple hundred dollars in cost can make a huge and obvious difference in your results

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/GearWrench-Hog-Ring-Pliers-Set-2-Piece-3702D/204622166?cm_mmc=Shopping|THD|G|0|G-BASE-PLA-D25T-HandTools|&gclid=COHI77uA4NECFQ0Hhgodx5cNaQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

    https://www.summitracing.com/parts/...-scott-drake&gclid=CMuEotqA4NECFVUGhgodqfIIdA

    https://www.amazon.com/Galvanized-f...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=ZN7NZFGY3XBESZHBA1YW

    https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-P7DW-...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=ZN7NZFGY3XBESZHBA1YW


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    http://www.sears.com/crescent-9-in-...gclid=CKmZ09mB4NECFURahgodVREDVw&gclsrc=aw.ds
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    high quality scissors would be useful

    IF YOU NEED CORVETTE PARTS,
    SOME ARE SIGNIFICANTLY CHEAPER ,
    AND EASIER TO LOCATE USED

    https://www.corvetterecycling.com/

    https://corvettesalvage.com/

    http://www.contemporarycorvette.com/

    https://www.vette2vette.com/
     
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2017

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