Need help with a 57 Century riviera 4 door interior....

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  1. RAMKAT2

    RAMKAT2 Randy

    Recently acquired a 57 Century 4 door hardtop. Exterior & driveline are near perfect, interior has been modified to use a set of late model leather seats. The new seat work was not well done.
    My plan is to take the interior back to original, which was mint & kearney green. Original front & rear seats were recently purchased out of a 57 Century parts car. The seats frames will need some repairs to the rusted lower mounting points, as well as new seat cover material & padding.
    Does anybody out there have pictures of an original 57 Century Riviera floor pan including the various mounting brackets used to secure the seat frames to the floor at the front & rear seats, as well as the mounts behind the back of the rear seat? I need to determine what pieces were removed or modified by the guys that installed the late model seats.
    So if anyone here has done a restoration on a 57 Century &/or has some photos that would help me move forward with this project, they would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. BUICK 57

    BUICK 57 Well-Known Member

    Randy: I have never seen anything that would resemble a factory schematic or factory chassis manual diagram specifically highlighting the connection points/brackets for the seats laid out in such a fashion as you request. My humble advice would be to chuck these seat frames you got and take a parts safari and find a good seat frame with everything factory and intact. It will save you tons of life and soul sucking time of arts n crafts BS. Just my humble take ... dave
     
  3. telriv

    telriv Well-Known Member

    I know it will be a PIA, but why don't you take a few pics for him Dave????
     
  4. RAMKAT2

    RAMKAT2 Randy

    The seats we bought are original 57 century seats. There is some rusted out places on the original mounting points, and whoever removed the back seat from the car bent the framework where the center armrest folds down out of the rear seat. On the front seat, the front mounts are forked, and look to me like they slid into a mounting bracket of some kind. But I only have the seat frame, and my floor panel doesn't look like there is anything to bolt the front mounts to. I will post some pictures of the seat frames later to show you what I am working with.
     
  5. DugsSin

    DugsSin Well-Known Member

    I'll get some pictures for you tomorrow from my '57 Roadmaster.
     
  6. BUICK 57

    BUICK 57 Well-Known Member

    Yeah Randy let us see what your talking about. Take a lot of photos and post them here. I would take picks on mine if my car was bare but my seats are in and I would have to remove them and lift the carpet up to just get the picks.
     
  7. RAMKAT2

    RAMKAT2 Randy

    P9220760.JPG P9220760.JPG P9220757.JPG Here are some pictures of the front seat mounting brackets
     
  8. RAMKAT2

    RAMKAT2 Randy

    Not sure what these attach to on the floor. Is there some kind of saddle bracket with a bolt in the center that attaches these brackets to the floor?
     
  9. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    They fit under a two-bolt strap on the front of the seat, then bolt to the floor in the back. I'll see if I can get a photo or 2 from the parts car later this evening.
     
  10. BUICK 57

    BUICK 57 Well-Known Member

    Randy: I will try and take some pics of my other Buick which is a RM 75 4 door tomorrow as the rear seat just happens to be out. I will take photos of the rear area and the seat bases of what I can and hope this helps you out as it is a RM and not a Century but the overall points of concern should be very similar if not identical.
     
  11. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Sorry so late with this...

    photo is of the front mount on the front seat...passenger side
     

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  12. RAMKAT2

    RAMKAT2 Randy

    Thanks for the picture! Anybody out there have a pair of these brackets laying around that they would part with?
     
  13. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    As long as I can get these out in one piece, I have a pair in the parts car. You can have them for shipping.
     
  14. telriv

    telriv Well-Known Member

    That ALMOST looks like the bracket for the front tracks of the bucket seats in 1st. Gen Rivs. Can you check the '65 you just did Adam??
     
  15. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Sorry it's back to the owner already.
     
  16. RAMKAT2

    RAMKAT2 Randy

    Let me know the price for the shipping. I will take them.
     
  17. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Shoot me your address in PM please.
     
  18. RAMKAT2

    RAMKAT2 Randy

    Brackets look great! Thanks Adam.
     
  19. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    You're welcome!
     
  20. Gene Brink

    Gene Brink Active Member

    Randy, Looks as though you are getting some good responses but wanted to say it might be worth posting on the BCA website as there are several guys that are really into 57's that post regularly. If memory serves me correctly (seems that is the case less with each passing year ;)) more than one did a frame off restoration so may have taken lots of pictures. Good luck.
     
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