How to Re-Cover Vintage Factory Bucket Seats - Recovery Plan

New Seat Covers to Give Your Classic Camaro a Modern Vibe

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1967 Chevrolet Camaro Bucket Seats Heavy Felt 2/29

16. Like the seat bottom, we started on the seatback by wrapping the edge in some heavy felt.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro Bucket Seats Hog Rings 3/29

17. In addition to the spray glue, we secured the felt with hog rings at the four corners.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro Bucket Seats Polyester 4/29

18. The new TMI foam was secured to the seatback with four wires, just like the seat bottom foam was. The seat covers feature durable polyester cross-linked backing. TMI feels that polyester performs far better than the cotton used in the original and in some aftermarket covers. It costs a little more but allows TMI to offer a limited lifetime warranty on their covers.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro Bucket Seats Channels 5/29

19. Heavy wires were inserted into the channels in the covers. These were hog-ringed to the anchors in the foam.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro Bucket Seats Taut Cover 6/29

20. It took two attempts to get the cover on straight and even, but it wasn’t rocket science. Once in place, we pulled it taut in preparation for hog-ringing it to the frame.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro Bucket Seats Hog Rings Secure 7/29

21. The process was pretty simple. We pulled the material tight and then used hog rings to secure the edge of the cover to anchor points in the seat frame.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro Bucket Seats Upholstery Steamer 8/29

22. One handy tool that you’re unlikely to have is an upholstery steamer. TMI used this to soften the material and work out a few wrinkles in the corners.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro Bucket Seats Groud Up Cover 9/29

23. We had two new seatback covers from Ground Up (PN ICI-1021, $60 pair) and we could have just installed them as they came, but TMI decided to wrap them in some matching black vinyl for a more custom look. The extra material didn’t come in the kit, but TMI does sell it when requested.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro Bucket Seats Seatback 10/29

24. The last step was to assemble the seatback to the bottom and adjust the latch. The whole process for the one seat took under two hours.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro Bucket Seats Bolstering 11/29

25. The end result is a classic seat given a modern makeover. As an added bonus, the bolstering will keep us in place much better when we decide to push our Camaro through the curves of a twisty road or autocross track.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro Bucket Seats Back 12/29

26. We also covered our back seat to match. This process was as simple as removing the old cover, positioning the new one, and hog-ringing it to the factory seat frame. TMI offers the rear cover for standard, coupe, and convertible rear seats.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro Bucket Seats Kits 13/29

27. Remember how we said TMI offers a ton of seat options? Well, here are just a few. In addition to houndstooth, you can have a standard or deluxe style, suede inserts, contrasting stitching, black or silver grommets, and they will even do custom orders. You can also see their new second-gen seat posed in the middle. These kits are a great option for giving your Camaro that custom look without breaking the bank. In fact, although our optioned seats had a price tag of $800, you can get their standard Sport II kit (covers and foam) for as little as $499.

Sources

TMI Products
Corona, CA
888-460-0640
www.tmiproducts.com
Ground Up Restorations
Naugatuck, CT 06770
866-358-2277
www.ss396.com

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