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5/23/14 7:47am - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
dbarnesid
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Boise, ID - USA

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1972 mille miglia red corvette convertible. This is a car currently under restoration. The pic above is of me and my Ph.D. candidate daughter. She, not my Vette, is my pride and joy. Smile...

Joined: 5/29/2013
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These are NOT your mother's K-Mart seat covers. You attach them with hog rings. You stretch them like crazy. You powder the corners so the foam won't tear. You align and realign. It's a lot of work but they look original.

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5/23/14 6:25pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Kenosha, WI - USA

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1973 Corvette Stingray Coupe VIN 1Z37J3S418986 350 L-48 Automatic T-Tops St. Louis Assembly, 18,986th car built in 1973, Paint = 976 Mille Miglia Red, Interior = 425 Dark Red Vinyl (Ox Blood)

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awesome! You wouldn't happen to have before during and after pics do you? This is something I'm really considering trying myself instead of paying someone to do it. Do you recommend for a newbie?

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5/24/14 9:10am - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Boise, ID - USA

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1972 mille miglia red corvette convertible. This is a car currently under restoration. The pic above is of me and my Ph.D. candidate daughter. She, not my Vette, is my pride and joy. Smile...

Joined: 5/29/2013
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Well. You asked for it! You can see that the door panel and brake console had not yet been replaced. They have now!!     

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5/24/14 1:00am - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Carson City, NV - USA

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Numbers matching 1972 350 4 speed, silver pewter body with blue interior

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Ya the nomenclature would have you believed exactly what you said. The product is all new upholstery. You remove the hog wires, clips etc....break em all the way down to bare frames. I purchased new foam since my seats allow your butt to ride on the frame. I figure I'll be stting a couple inches higher when I have finished. I have yet to attack the seats. Will pull em out over the weekend and start the refurb next week.
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My Christmas present to ME! Bought Sat 11-30-2013. 72, 350 4 spd, Silver with blue interior...Can't you just hear Pablo Cruz playing in the background?

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5/24/14 8:18am - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Boise, ID - USA

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1972 mille miglia red corvette convertible. This is a car currently under restoration. The pic above is of me and my Ph.D. candidate daughter. She, not my Vette, is my pride and joy. Smile...

Joined: 5/29/2013
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Best of luck to you. This was my first step in the restoration. I'm very proud of how it's worked out. More expensive and harder work than I expected. But there is a lot of pride in it too.

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5/24/14 9:39am - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
Jasond56
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Kenosha, WI - USA

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1973 Corvette Stingray Coupe VIN 1Z37J3S418986 350 L-48 Automatic T-Tops St. Louis Assembly, 18,986th car built in 1973, Paint = 976 Mille Miglia Red, Interior = 425 Dark Red Vinyl (Ox Blood)

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Wow! The seats look beautiful!! Certainly something to be proud of! Did you need and special tools to break them down completly? Please tell me, where did you get the covers and what color did you go with? They look, from the pics anyway, very similar to my 425 Drk Red Vinyl, which I'm having a tough time finding.

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5/24/14 2:11pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Boise, ID - USA

Vette(s):
1972 mille miglia red corvette convertible. This is a car currently under restoration. The pic above is of me and my Ph.D. candidate daughter. She, not my Vette, is my pride and joy. Smile...

Joined: 5/29/2013
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I got mine at Willcox. Part #421330. They are just red. The only red available for a 72. Willcox had a 20% off sale. Al Knoch makes the best though. I would use them next time. Willcox covers come from Corvette America and they're fine. Special tools. Hog ring pliers. Seat cover clip installation tool. Nothing else that's special. Hair drier or heat gun. Socket set. Wire brush and rust inhibiting paint for the frame. You will likely find rust. Por-15 or similar to repaint the frame. Spray on glue to finish the foam install. And baby powder to slide covers over the foam.

Hint: the seat cover clips (those attach the covers to the frame through the foam) suck. I don't see how they can hold up over time. My originals used chains of hog rings. Ultimately I duplicated those chains with new hog rings. You can use the clips as a guide for length. Once you get into the job you'll see why the seat cover clips are so bad. They're thin and stiff. Prone to breaking or coming loose. Hog ring chains are flexible and tough. You can also buy chain, cut to size, and attach hog rings at each end to attach to seat and frame.

I used the cheap hog ring pliers. They're bad but they work...barely. If i do it again I'll buy better pliers. The main thing is to take your time and be patient. It's sure to cause you to use a very colorful vocabulary. The first seat takes forever. Take pictures as you disassemble. I didn't and it added a few hours to the job. Be meticulous. If you do, people will ask you where you got the covers done. Trust me on this one!

IMPORTANT: watch the Corvette America instructional videos over and over again. They're online. Toss the written instructions. I hold a Ph.D. and I am completely unable to decipher the written instructions. I have no idea how you could do it right by reading those things.

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5/24/14 2:48pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Brookline, NH - USA

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1976 corvette L82 red interior with white seats and door panels with ceramic headers and flow master exhaust and a Crane Cam

Joined: 5/2/2014
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Welcome to the club I almost have a twin to yours but I have a 76 L82 with white seats and white door panels and everything else is red Enjoy it !!! I'm sure your going to love it !!

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5/24/14 10:38pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Kenosha, WI - USA

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1973 Corvette Stingray Coupe VIN 1Z37J3S418986 350 L-48 Automatic T-Tops St. Louis Assembly, 18,986th car built in 1973, Paint = 976 Mille Miglia Red, Interior = 425 Dark Red Vinyl (Ox Blood)

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I really appreciate the tips and instruction! I will search and price covers while deciding if this is a good project for me. I will also look for the how to vids on corvette America. That should give me a good idea if this is something I can handle. Thanks again!

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5/24/14 10:40pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Kenosha, WI - USA

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1973 Corvette Stingray Coupe VIN 1Z37J3S418986 350 L-48 Automatic T-Tops St. Louis Assembly, 18,986th car built in 1973, Paint = 976 Mille Miglia Red, Interior = 425 Dark Red Vinyl (Ox Blood)

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Thank you for the welcome! Your Vette is beautiful! I would enjoy seeing pics of your red/white interior. I was thinking of the same scheme!

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5/24/14 10:43pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Kenosha, WI - USA

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1973 Corvette Stingray Coupe VIN 1Z37J3S418986 350 L-48 Automatic T-Tops St. Louis Assembly, 18,986th car built in 1973, Paint = 976 Mille Miglia Red, Interior = 425 Dark Red Vinyl (Ox Blood)

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Please let me know how it goes and take pics if you can! I'm so tempted to try this myself but I'm afraid to screw up or have my C3 not drivable for too long

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5/25/14 9:20am - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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cingraham said: Welcome to the club I almost have a twin to yours but I have a 76 L82 with white seats and white door panels and everything else is red Enjoy it !!! I'm sure your going to love it !!


Two toned '76s are fairly rare...and neat, too! Thumbs Up


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5/25/14 3:14pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Waterford, MI - USA

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1973 Red coupe

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Welcome. It is nice to see another Red 73 on the Forum.
Mine was originally Green but a PO changed it to red. Mine  interior has the medium saddle instead of red like yours.
 


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73 coupe L48, Flat-top pistons, Performer RPM Heads, Crane Cam and roller rockers, Holley 650 vac sec. Performer intake,
3.55 gear BTO 200-4R trans,
Leather seats, F-body seatbelts, Pioneer CD player
Magnaflow Exhuast System
Dewitt radiator and dual electric fans
Borgeson Steering box
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5/25/14 10:31pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Kenosha, WI - USA

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1973 Corvette Stingray Coupe VIN 1Z37J3S418986 350 L-48 Automatic T-Tops St. Louis Assembly, 18,986th car built in 1973, Paint = 976 Mille Miglia Red, Interior = 425 Dark Red Vinyl (Ox Blood)

Joined: 5/7/2014
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Thank you for the welcome! Great looking 73! How do you like the red with saddle interior? I see from your description that you're running the dual fans. How is that working out for you? Did you have over heating issues? A friend of mine has a 78 that is constantly overheating. Thankfully mine has not, but someone suggested I replace factory fan with the duals. Not sure I'm ready for that though.

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5/26/14 11:31am - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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dbarnesid said: Best of luck to you. This was my first step in the restoration. I'm very proud of how it's worked out. More expensive and harder work than I expected. But there is a lot of pride in it too.


Yes, it's very satisfying to do the work yourself.  I've done most of the work myself, but I also farmed out some items that I just didn't want to do; like trailing arms and rear end rebuild.

Working on a Vette is a great way to enjoy your retirement.

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5/26/14 4:38pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Boise, ID - USA

Vette(s):
1972 mille miglia red corvette convertible. This is a car currently under restoration. The pic above is of me and my Ph.D. candidate daughter. She, not my Vette, is my pride and joy. Smile...

Joined: 5/29/2013
Posts: 159
JohnRR said:
dbarnesid said: Best of luck to you. This was my first step in the restoration. I'm very proud of how it's worked out. More expensive and harder work than I expected. But there is a lot of pride in it too.


Yes, it's very satisfying to do the work yourself.  I've done most of the work myself, but I also farmed out some items that I just didn't want to do; like trailing arms and rear end rebuild.

Working on a Vette is a great way to enjoy your retirement.

John



Same for me. Ball joints, upper and lower control arm bushings and trailing arm bushings. All farmed out and the car is on the hoist right now. I did clean up the front end and rear end undercarriage while its on the hoist. Por-15 front to rear!


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5/26/14 5:00pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Waterford, MI - USA

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1973 Red coupe

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Jasond56 said: Thank you for the welcome! Great looking 73! How do you like the red with saddle interior? I see from your description that you're running the dual fans. How is that working out for you? Did you have over heating issues? A friend of mine has a 78 that is constantly overheating. Thankfully mine has not, but someone suggested I replace factory fan with the duals. Not sure I'm ready for that though.


I like the Medium saddle interior. 
The truth be told about the fans, I had no issues but I needed to replace the rad and I hated having to work around the stock fan and shroud. When I installed the fans I upgraded the alternator and wiring to 100 amp and 10 gauge wire. 


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73 coupe L48, Flat-top pistons, Performer RPM Heads, Crane Cam and roller rockers, Holley 650 vac sec. Performer intake,
3.55 gear BTO 200-4R trans,
Leather seats, F-body seatbelts, Pioneer CD player
Magnaflow Exhuast System
Dewitt radiator and dual electric fans
Borgeson Steering box
Click here for Brian's Home Page 



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