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Old December 12th, 2009, 10:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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72 Olds Cutlass Seat Cover Help

I'm looking into seat covers to help finish out my restoration project. My original seats are bench with front 50/50 folding seats for 2 door, dark green vinyl. I have found some on Parts Place but not much info provided... They talk of PUI -machine sewed and Legendary--hand sewed.and say good quality... Can anyone tell me the quality and closeness to reproducing origianl seats.... ? How about issues with installing seat covers, replacing rubber or other issues that will probably pop up???? Should I go alone or just take it to an upholstery shop and pay? Any tutorial web or youtube sites on seat cover installation? too many questions.Cheers
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Go with Legendary. Lady72nRob71 did his car with Legendary and had super results. Not sure if PUI will give you the original look with the deep pleats and proper piping.
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Old December 12th, 2009, 12:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Go with Legendary. Lady72nRob71 did his car with Legendary and had super results.
This is right. Their seat covers are all 20% off until 12-31, so please get one from them direct (legendaryautointeriors.com). The 72 supreme bench seat covers are as close to perfect as one could get. Only the armrest center seam is not there (but looks better IMHO). And if not perfect, Legendary will make em right at their expense. The PP will insist they are correct and tell you to go away. Had that experience, too.
Do it once, and right the first time.
Here is almost everything you wanted to see about a 72 interior resto (except for headliners...)
http://classicoldsmobile.com/forums/...-makeover.html

The back seat should be able to be done yourself easily. The front might be a little challenging. If you have the time and space and patience, then try it! The rest of the stuff is fairly straight forward. Door seals are easy, too. See the website in my sig for more info on the door seals.
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Old December 12th, 2009, 02:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Car seat response

Thanks Rob and Alan, I'll contact Legnedary and see what they can do for me.
Haven't taken them appart but I think other than some new rubber the the sprngs, frame, etc are in pretty good shape.
I do have one busted seat belt spring, wont rewind, driver side. All I have found is a generic repalcement, still looking for original...?
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Old December 13th, 2009, 06:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This is right. Their seat covers are all 20% off until 12-31, so please get one from them direct (legendaryautointeriors.com). The 72 supreme bench seat covers are as close to perfect as one could get. Only the armrest center seam is not there (but looks better IMHO). And if perfect, Legendary will make em right at their expense. The PP will insist they are correct and tell you to go away. Had that experience, too.
Do it once, and right the first time.
Here is almost everything you wanted to see about a 72 interior resto (except for headliners...)
http://classicoldsmobile.com/forums/...-makeover.html

The back seat should be able to be done yourself easily. The front might be a little challenging. If you have the time and space and patience, then try it! The rest of the stuff is fairly straight forward. Door seals are easy, too. See the website in my sig for more info on the door seals.
Rob, I looked at the legendary web page but could not find a 72 cutlass bench seat... so I just emailed them looking for covers and the 20% off..... also checked your thread on restoring your interior.... looks great I have put that in my subscription to use as a guide as I start that part... Thanks for all the pics and info...
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Old December 13th, 2009, 07:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Rob, I looked at the legendary web page but could not find a 72 cutlass bench seat... so I just emailed them looking for covers and the 20% off..... also checked your thread on restoring your interior.... looks great I have put that in my subscription to use as a guide as I start that part... Thanks for all the pics and info...
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This sounds like it:
72 CUT S/442 SPLIT BENCH - GREEN
AA72GUS0020465G
$320

I am assuming you have the Supreme...
Their website is a bit cluttered, so you have to filter the search. Download their catalog in pdf format and everything will be there, headrest covers, door panels, and all!

The headrest covers you can do in less than an hour yourself - easy.
Get sheet foam from a fabric store (the medium blue stuff) if you do it yourself. The preformed high $ stuff is not required.

The back seat will be next and I am sure you need new carpet...
After all that is done, the door panels will show their fadings......
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Cutlass S seat covers

Rob thanks for the help, I'll try downloading the catalog this evening.... Assuming, you had a 50-50 chance but mine is a Cutlass S.. but it is probably same if it is a full bench... and I'm affraid your probably right about the door panels... looked at it again last night and the driver door panel is seperating at the top edge, to many arms resting on it I guess.....
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Old December 14th, 2009, 07:19 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Richey,

It looks like I got the above part # correct - it is for an S model.

So you do not have an armrest, right? Only the Supreme came with the folding center armrest.

Below is a screenshot from their old catalog (I need to get a new one...)
Yours should be the one on the left. - Compare with the supreme one on the right with the armrest (I have this one).

Do get the headrest covers, too - they are super easy to do and will match with the new seats. Also a rear seat cover so the colors match perfectly. The door panels are next it sounds like!

If you want to see the color before you buy, they will send you a free sample swatch if you ask. If you do not have the armrest, I bet you can do the front seat yourself. If you want seat heaters, this would be the time to add those, too...
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1978 Furd Pinto (Old Faithful) a.k.a. "the Tramp" - in the family since new.
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Old December 14th, 2009, 04:41 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Legendary Catalog

Rob, Thanks That is exactly what I'm looking for and I think I will go for the seat heaters. They are great in my Tahoe.. Should not be that hard to add.. And your right no arm rest on the S mod..Calling tomorrow!!
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Old December 14th, 2009, 06:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Rob, Thanks That is exactly what I'm looking for and I think I will go for the seat heaters. They are great in my Tahoe.. Should not be that hard to add.. And your right no arm rest on the S mod..Calling tomorrow!!
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Glad I can help - you will like their covers.
Below are the seat heaters I used - I go the large carbon fibre ones. I paid the upholstery shop $100 each for them - they were worth it.
See my interior thread on more seat heater installation hints...
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It looks like I got the above part # correct - it is for an S model.

So you do not have an armrest, right? Only the Supreme came with the folding center armrest.

Below is a screenshot from their old catalog (I need to get a new one...)
Yours should be the one on the left. - Compare with the supreme one on the right with the armrest (I have this one).

Do get the headrest covers, too - they are super easy to do and will match with the new seats. Also a rear seat cover so the colors match perfectly. The door panels are next it sounds like!

If you want to see the color before you buy, they will send you a free sample swatch if you ask. If you do not have the armrest, I bet you can do the front seat yourself. If you want seat heaters, this would be the time to add those, too...
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Must be getting old. I opened the printscreen you posted. Since it has the windows format, I tried closing it using the X at the top right. Then I realized what i was doing. You rascal. Just for that, I'm gonna copy it and post it full size so the rest of us don't get caught doing the same thing.

Click the image to open in full size.
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Old September 18th, 2010, 04:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Progess in covring seats

Slow but steady progress. I have finished all the interior: headliner, new package tray, new carpet and now I'm on to adding seats. I ordered my seat covers through Legendary at the end of 2009 and had them stored in my barn since the middle of January. I decided to rebuild the seats using a high density blue foam combined with a pink foam outshell that is coated with a nylon cheese cloth.... You can see pictures on my Picasa web album http://picasaweb.google.com/gunfight...J2r873Tm_aWgwE#

I was going to do the front seat to start but to my shock I discovered that the seat covers I had been storing for almost a year were bucket seats instead of bench... Legendary is working to fix that issue... Meanwhile I have taken everything apart takeing a lots of pictures to make sure I can remember how to put them back together... did the back seat this weekend and it came togehter with a little finger streangth and help form my wife to add one more hand as I strethched the bottom of the rear seat..
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Overall it looks great! Can't wait to get the front seat cover and put them on!!
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nice....... those seats came out GREAT......im working on mine now......but i took mine to the upholstry shop....i wish i'd known about the seat covers from legendary's....i changed the seat pattern up ah lil bit.....buy if i dont like it imma look into the seat covers
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nice....... those seats came out GREAT......im working on mine now......but i took mine to the upholstry shop....i wish i'd known about the seat covers from legendary's....i changed the seat pattern up ah lil bit.....buy if i dont like it imma look into the seat covers
Thanks, I came together easier that I had imagined... just have some sore thumbs from pulling.....
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Looking like good progress! Great idea about the pictures - they have saved my rear many times before...
Hope they swap the covers out to your satisfaction (they should...)
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Rob Thanks, your interior job has been a great inspiration to me in trying to do it right. The Legnedary seat covers have gone on with some effort but look great. I have been workig with their sales rep Mike and others at Legendary and they have been great, working the swap for the correct front seat covers. Fed Ex was at the door to pick up the buckets the very next day after I finially notice and made my call. While I was disappointed It has been good to let my fingers take a break after building the rear seats.
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Alan thanks for the reply, I decided to get up out of my chair and just do it!! I did go with the Cheese cloth and no use the silicone as Legendary instructions suggested. I took lots of pictures as I dismantled my seats to hopefully get them back like they can form the factory. I also on took one seat apart so if needed I could look at the other to figure out how it went back together. This was good for figuring out how they stuffed the ends and hook the edge around the big bar/seat hinge and latch. I did invert the seat covers and mark the center strip as instructed( not sure I really used this once I started putting on the seat covers. I then put the seat cover right side out, outside in the sun while I prepped the seats. I added ” foam to the driver seat, but left the passenger as it was, it looked ok to me? I then draped a large piece of cheese cloth over the seat and smoothed it against the seat. I laid the seat on my workbench and then pulled the seat cover on, just like pulling on a pillow case… It actually worked on fairly easily, pushing on the seat frame and pulling on the edges of the cover… Once on I replaced the wires, hog ringed it in placed as close to as it was before as possible and then ended up stitching the bottom cover to help it lay smooth. I used the needle to find the screw holes and replaced all the hardware. What a great feeling to get that done!!!! I have added a couple pictures of my project but you can go to my web page and see a few more.

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cheese cloth and center line
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Just pulling it on
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End of an afternoons work!!
It is feeling great to be getting close to hitting the road!
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Way to go Richey!
That front seat looks absolutely amazing. I think you did the right thing with adding a little extra padding to the drivers seat. I noticed mine feels a little on the thin side. Not sure if that's because I weigh a lot more than when I was 20 or whether the seat foam just deteriorated a little over the years. By the looks of it, it's not a terribly hard job, and for an afternoons work it shows fantastic results.

I'm going to replace the stock front bench A52 seat in my car with the center armrest one. I know that only came in the CS cars, but I'm going to have a local shop custom make the upright panels so it will look more stock. Don't want to have the CS stitching pattern in the Cutlass S. Over the years of owning other cars with the center armrest, I just can't seem to live without it anymore. When the new seat goes back in, it will be a 4way power bench/armrest. Fun and games....
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Allen R, Center console sounds like a good project.... from your other comment, I did order the door panel carpet to match my new floor carpet but not sure how to go about installing?// or if I just want to pay the money and order a whole door panel.. my first goal was to get it drivable. Next will be the engine area, Its been rebuilt and runs great but s missing a few parts that got miss placed in process,radiator shroud, hood insulation, A-frame seals.....
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Finished?

Finally got all the locks, srews, chrome edging, etc on and finished my seats. Ready to install and take a ride..
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I am putting my head rest together today... not sure if I need to glue or just staple it on. I'll bake'm in the sun a while and the stretch on the cover and try stapling them in place...
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Finally seat are back in

I finally finished my seat restoroation and got them all back in jsut in time for a Columbus Day ride.!!!! Only problem was trying to get the bolts to take with the addition floor insulation and new carpet... but after pushing and pushing we got them in... and I had my ride...Click the image to open in full size.


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