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Upholstery

1964 – 66 Chevrolet Deluxe Cab Seat

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Examples of the correct seat in the 1964-66 Chevrolet deluxe cab are shown below.  The original brown insert material is almost impossible to locate however our two examples are so close!  The most original seat is # 1.  It wins the show.  However both are excellent examples of how they looked about 50 years ago.

                Notice in the photos of this optional deluxe seat (part of the deluxe cab package) could be obtained on either the big or small rear window cab.  Under the upholstery covering the frame of the standard and deluxe seats are not the same.  This top of the line deluxe seat described in the Chevrolet Sales Brochure as a full-depth foam cushion and upholstered with vinyl in red or beige depending on the choice of exterior color

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Updating 1955-1959 Seats

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

For those not requiring the original seat cushions on their 1955-59 Task Force truck, a roomy comfortable substitute is available. This unit is from a 1988 body style Chevrolet or GMC truck and is almost a bolt-in.

The legs or side brackets on this newer seat comes attached to the cushions from a used truck and sets nicely by the floor edge of the 1955-1959 cab. It almost looks factory installed! Yes, the cushion edge will slightly touch the doors but cause no closing problems.

The result is a much softer seat and a definite increase in distance between your “middle” and the stock steering wheel. Almost no interference with the in cab fuel tank.

1958-1959 Deluxe Interior

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

It is sometimes asked by restorers, ‘What is the correct fabric for a 1958 Chevrolet Cameo or other deluxe cabs in 1958-59?’ Answer: The same cloth material was used on the top of the line seats and door panels throughout both years. Yes, the last year of the Cameos, discontinued at about mid 1958, used the same cloth as the deluxe non-Cameo cabs.

The following pictures show this interior material on a 1958 Cameo door panel, a 1959 Chevrolet deluxe cab with 12,000 original miles, and on a page from the 1959 Chevrolet Salesman’s Data Book.

This data is not known by many 1958 Cameo restorers and it does give them more places to obtain the correct material. As this material was used two years, upholstery shops having left-over partial rolls may have this rare upholstery material in storage!

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1958 1959 Deluxe Interior Informational Chart PDF version. Click Here

Seat Cover Kits

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Our seat cover kits are produced with an emphasis on originality. The materials are top quality for many year’s service. Seams, ribbing, etc., are based on original seats.

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We recommend that installation be done by a professional upholstery company. However, if you wish to do it yourself, here are several important steps to follow:

1. Seat springs must be in original condition. No breaks, sags, etc.

2. Over springs, place one layer of burlap.

3. Over burlap, place two layers of cotton padding. Cotton must extend down over edges of outer springs.

4. Place vinyl cover over padding. Stretch evenly to eliminate wrinkles. Press special C shape clips at rear of springs to permanently hold cover in place.

5. If clips are put in place with pliers, cover the end with tape or equivalent to lessen chances to vinyl tears.

6. Wrinkles from storage will normally disappear in several days.

1960-1966 GMC Deluxe Suburban Seats

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The seats on this 1962 GMC Suburban are pure factory original. Their shape is designed for only the Suburban body. They allow for access to the rear seat.

Horizontal white vinyl in the back rest is characteristic of many GM vehicles during this era. It was an extra touch that added a little extra flair to the deluxe models.

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