A change of mindset from wrenching to upholstery

The headliner came first.  I figured it would be a lot easier to do it before the seats and carpet went in. This was my first headliner and I was a bit nervous about working with stretchy vinyl and glue that can dissolve it.






The biggest problem I had (have) was with the sail panels. I used the original panels as a template and they just don't fit right. I'm going to abandon them for now until I can check out a few other Chevelles at the Woodward cruise.

  Next came the bucket seats. The drivers seat was the worst with many broken springs and foam that required some serious repair. I filled in the damaged area with scraps of foam and covered it with a piece of indoor/outdoor carpeting.

A piece of 2" foam was then glued on to restore the top surface after 35 years of use. The 2" foam was a bit thick, next time I'll use 1 1/2" or maybe even 1" wrapped around the sides as well. An electric carving knife works great for cutting foam, but I didn't have one so a pair of scissors was the weapon of choice.

There were three broken springs in front. Rather that drop $70 a seat fro new ones I decided to replace just what was broken. A trip to the hobby shop produced some 1/8" piano wire which was slightly larger than original .110 wire, but the originals broke didn't they?


I made a fixture to bend the wire which was just a couple of aluminum discs on a plate with a pin to hold the end of the wire. No two springs were alike which made them a pain to make. They turned out better than I expected which is a plus.


The back was really tough to stretch over the foam. Upholsterers must have good hand and arm strength. This is what it looked like before attaching it to the frame with hog rings. The plastic parts will be dyed when time allows (after Woodward)