Help identifying this seat cover

Discussion in 'Interior City' started by SS427, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. SS427

    SS427 Member

    Do any of you Buick guys recognize this seat cushion style? I believe it to be a 1970 Buick A-body bench seat but have been unsuccessful trying to locate a photo and/or 1970 style code number for it. I am pretty confident it is a Buick seat and believe it was installed on the Baltimore assembly line in a Chevelle. Not the first time we have seen this happen. Any help is greatly appreciated. 32375954_10209569190021245_6805560840847097856_n.jpg 14956003_1467859983243449_6153240580913433431_n.jpg . Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. SS427

    SS427 Member

    Anyone????
     
  3. 69 GS 400

    69 GS 400 Well-Known Member

    My 72 Skylark had cloth seats with vinyl inserts. Probably more common on Skylark Customs. Probably try to resource dealer / salesman books of the day.
     
  4. mrolds69

    mrolds69 "The Cure"

    I don't think it's a 70 A Buick bench for several reasons. First, I think that style of upholstery button was only used 'til 68. Second, that style of seat belt was definitely not used on a 70 A body, and I think they stopped using it around 68, too. Maybe 69, later seat belts had a smaller rectangular cutout in the tongue. That style of belt is most likely Chevy
     
  5. SS427

    SS427 Member

    Thank you both for the response. The seat is installed in a 1970 Chevelle survivor and I do not recall seeing that pattern in a Chevelle before so being that it was built on the Baltimore assembly line (both Chevelle and Buicks built there) my next thought was that it was accidently installed in the Chevelle instead of a Buick as the assembly line worker saw the cloth seat on the buildsheet and since so few Chevelles came with cloth interiors accidently grabbed a Buick seat and put it there. The seat belts are definitely Chevelle and not Buick. The search continues. That seat back button was used on 70 Chevelles so that is even more confusing.
     
  6. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Proud Liberal

    If you pay attention to the seat buttons, they were used across the GM lines, same exact button, maybe even a different year. Often the buttons were turned different direction from another marques application. That seat looks like a 70 Chevelle seat
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2019
  7. SS427

    SS427 Member

    Those buttons were definitely used in a 70 Chevelle but I have been unable to find the pattern in the Chevrolet literature so that was when I started leaning towards a Buick. The Chevelle cloth code on the buildsheet and cowl tag reads 753 and this definitely does not match up to that pattern.
     
  8. Duane

    Duane Member

    That looks like a 70 Chevelle seat. The buttons are definitely 70 Chevelle but were also used in a Corvair seat. The lines sewn into the seat also look to mimic the 70 Chevelle pattern.

    If you wanted to find the actual patterns used for the Chevelle then you would need to find a 70 Chevy Interior and Trim book. That would show you all the designs.

    If you bought a 68 Chevelle and ordered the deluxe interior then you got a 68 Buick Deluxe/Custom interior installed without the Buick emblems.

    I have never seen this done on a 69 or 70 Chevelle, but you never know. I never tracked the non GS or SS cars.

    You could also be looking at a seat that has had the cloth replaced. I have seen this done thousands of times at trim shops. Often they used the same sewing patterns and emblems.

    My shop did this same thing with a Plum Crazy painted Challenger. We put Purple Cloth inserts in the centers of the black seats.
    Duane
     
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  9. SS427

    SS427 Member

    This is an actual 753 Chevelle cloth interior and to my knowledge, the only cloth interior available in the Chevelle. Notice the pattern difference. Similar but definitely different.
     

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  10. mrolds69

    mrolds69 "The Cure"

    It's interesting...I agree with Duane that the center cloth panels were often stitched the same but changed when necessary. But your pics show a front and back seat, it would seem like they would have just changed the front if worn/torn. The SS seat you posted looks weird. I'm sure it's right, but you just never see much cloth stuff on a car like that.
     
  11. Duane

    Duane Member

    The pic SS427 posted (in post #9) looks a lot like some original GM cloth seat covers I have seen. If you look at the sewn area in the cloth inserts, you will see that it is raised between the pleats. GM often did this by sewing the lines into channeled foam. The foam would go just past the outer stitched lines and then end. There would be no other foam on the seat bottoms, so it would give you a raised "look" to the inserts, which is what you see in the picture. When we made seats like this, we would sew up the inserts, trim the foam off outside the outer stitch line, and then foam the entire insert, the center vinyl section, and the side ears of the seats. It would take more foam, but would keep the look.

    If you look at the first pictures that are posted, the cloth inserts look very "flat", not like the originals. This also makes me think the inserts were changed.

    Also when the cars were relatively new and still "valuable", as far as the used car values were concerned, I often saw the inserts being replaced on both the front and rear seats, so everything would match.
    Duane
     
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  12. Duane

    Duane Member

    "….being that it was built on the Baltimore assembly line (both Chevelle and Buicks built there) my next thought was that it was accidently installed in the Chevelle instead of a Buick as the assembly line worker saw the cloth seat on the buildsheet and since so few Chevelles came with cloth interiors accidently grabbed a Buick seat and put it there."

    Not quite right.
    Buick A-bodies, ie. Skylarks/Gran Sports were not built in Baltimore in 1970. I think the last year Baltimore built A-body Buicks was 1967. (I had a 66 from Baltimore) I know the 68-69 A-body Buicks were moved to the Oshawa. Canada plant, and they started building 1970 A-body Buicks in Framingham Mass.
    Duane
     

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