I am wanting to upgrade my seats in the Fastback. I like the TMI sport Standard seats for the '66, but now see the Sport Seat II and R Sport Seats. I also see the Distinctive Industries Sport Seats. I don't want Pony seats.. I actually have a new set of black standard cover and buns, but want the side support of the sport seats. I also red some post that I may not need the sport buns if I have good buns myself.. Any suggestions here?? Do I need to buy new sport buns?? Are the Distinctive Sport seats the same or any better?? Do they make non-pony (standard) in the sport II or R Sport??
Just trying see what I need to buy..
As a side note, I did notice that distinctive Industry makes a leather version, but that is going to be out of my budget.. Any guidance here?
I think you need the sport seat buns regardless of the condition of the original buns. The extra side support comes from more foam on the sides. If you put sport seat upholstery over standard foam, I think you will have a very loose seat cover. The advertising I have read for the TMI sport seats also says that the sport seat foam is required. I plan on installing the sport seats in my car as well.
'66 Emberglo Coupe - Restoration COMPLETE!
5.0 EFI conversion
TwEECer EFI tuning
Rod & Custom Motorsports IFS
TCP subframe connectors
Vintage Air Heat & AC
If you have a little bit of fabrication skills, you can install Pontiac Fiero seats. I got set for $50 bucks off of Craigslist. There is a guy in Florida that makes upholstery kits for the Fiero seat.. I sent him my backseat cover for a pattern and he matched it perfectly. I did have to send him the fabric that I purchased separately from the manufacturer of my seat covers, but that was pretty cheap.
MrMike (the upholstery guy, Google him) sent a DVD showing me how to install the covers. I did the job in two days.
Below is the result. The seats fit nice and low and are very comfortable. Most uninformed persons think they came with the car.
This is a pic of the mockup of the seat brackets. I used the Fiero assembly. I had a local shop make the "Z" brackets for me (They did it for free). At the end of the day, I ended up cutting the front brackets off and welding on a straight piece of steel to lower the front of the seat. Its pretty much where the stock seat is right now. The pic below was design phase 1...before I cut the front mounting brackets off of the front.
1965 Mustang convertible
331 Stroker with EFI, 355rwhp - 358 ft/lbs
Street or Track coil-over suspension
Ive got the sport seats in my 70 and it did raise the seat a good inch. They have settled down a little now but it was definitely noticeable at first - I took the seat bumpers off so it would lean back more and that helped. I'm ok with them now. Was not too happy with how back came out - some pretty big wrinkles. Here's a post with miy experience and others with seats.
I've got a 66 vert I need to do seats on also. I will probably go original but will look more into distinctive industries this time
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