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I used a set o Crovair seats in my 64 SS many years ago and although they will serve the purpose they are not the same seats. The tracks are different as mentioned and believe it or not if I remember correctly they are a little wider than a Nova seat. I remember the space between the 2 seats was very small........they almost touched in the very front.
This Ebay car appears to be a real SS, but is missing it's side and peak trim. There was no SS emblem in the grill, either. So, the seats aren't the only thing not quite right.
There's no way to tell for sure with a '63 if it's a genuine SS, especially one like this. It does have the dash chrome and the console, floor shift steering column with an SS horn button, and the gauge cluster but that's no guarantee that it's real. I have all those parts stored in my garage right now and could slap them on any 2 door hardtop.
The fact that it's missing the seats is enough to cast some doubt as to it's authenticity. And yes it does have a trunk emblem on the grille and is also missing the side trim and peak moldings which is not that unusual but I'd say it's a long way from definitively being a real SS.
Here's a fairly stock looking '63 SS from the Barrett-Jackson auction site. Everything looks correct except for the tach which is one of the reproduction '65 tachs and the gauge bezel is either a reproduction or a rechromed original with the inner part not painted silver.
not sure what seats they are... I had similar ones in my 66 that ive been trying to find out what they are out of... Any help in identifying these would be greatly appreciated. Since ive been trying to restore the interior to somewhat original and trying to find 66 buckets. thanx in advance.Attachment 24864
I have a lot of first hand experience with them and other GM buckets. About a year ago I posted pics and info on the 63 - 64 bucket seats, you may want to dig that up. Firstly I have never come across another GM low-back bucket that is the same. In fact 63 and 64 Nova are actually different once you strip the upholstery and examine the frames. Cosmetic differences that do not impact fit and function, but differences none the less for us people obsessed with details.
My convertible had 65 Corvair buckets in it when I bought it and I have owned other sets of Corvair buckets. I think someone said here they are similar to 65 Nova buckets and I agree with that. They are bigger however, specifically wider, and the Corvair tracks are different. They also fold forward, not inward like 62-64 Nova seats.
The ones in the original pics here do look like Impala or full-size. They are not the same and I personally would not try to put them in a Nova.
The closet thing I have ever seen to an early Nova bucket is BOP seats out of their "compact" cars. Early Tempests and the Olds that had the aluminum 215 V8s come to mind. I know for a fact certain interior parts interchange with Nova convertibles.
As for price, true Nova seats in restorable shape I would take no less than $300 for, probably more if they have the tracks. The tracks appear to be Nova-only and are becoming a nightmare to find. Corvair seats are much more common and I would not pay more than $150 for a good used set, maybe $200 if the upholstery is good.
And finally in 63 if there is an "X" or a "Z" stamped on the cowl tag at the bottom it is an SS. Not sure if all the plants did that but mine and others I have had, had the stamp.
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thanx guys for the replies.. Ive been trying to determine what seats these where, and if i want to Re-install them in my 66, or try and find the super expensive originals. Any suggestions on alternative seats or options are appreciated. I am just done welding in the new floor, and am ready to weld in the seat brackets. thanx guys, this site is an awesome resource.
For your car if you are not going original I would at least use something a bit more narrow with a higher back. Maybe Camaro or Firebird. I have seen a few done with BMW seats and it worked well. Also, the 66 - 67 seats are reproduced now. Might be too expensive though, but you might also spend more making something else fit.
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