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organcory

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I have found a 1974 SuperBeetle that has some pretty nice seats and was wondering if they have the same tracks as a 1972 Super Beetle, so I can just take them out and replace mine.  If not what is the best option on redoing the seats?  I have looked into the padding and seat kits on JC Whitney and Mid America Motorworks.  I am thinking this is the best way.  Any suggestions would be great.


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I looked up the floor pans at http://www2.cip1.com/?Click=30260 and they list different pans for the 1972 VS the 1974. So I'm going to assume that the tracks are different. I guess the only way to know for sure would be take out the seats and see for yourself. They come out in about 5 seconds on the '74.

I took the seats out of my SB and took them to the local auto upholstery shop and had them redone. They turned out mint



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A `74 with good seats? That's a rarity, they're in high demand (but won't do you any good).
The only seats which will fit in a `72 are 1971 or 1972. `68, `69, and `70 have narrower tracks - the backrest section can be interchanged with `71/`72 but the bottoms won't fit the chassis. `73-up use a 3-point mounting system similar to what's found in a Rabbit.

If the floorpans have been repaired using pre`71 sections they'll have the narrower rails, allowing the use of older seats. You should be able to install late pans in a `72 (never tried it but don't see why not) to allow use of the `74 seats but that's a lot of trouble to go to, especially if your existing pans are sound.
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Wayne,
Do you remember what the cost on the seats were to be reupholstered.  Also I am missing a bolt to hold the top part of the back seat in, DO you know where I can find it or what size. 

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When I bought my SB in Vancouver it came with a ton of parts including a full set of covers. I got them installed for free since I work in the automotive industry. It was one of those favor things that a shop owed me.

Are you talking about the bolt to attach the front seat back to the bottom or the bolts to hold the rear seat back in? I was thinking that I could look the number up in the VW microfiche and maybe find the size for you. You could even call your local VW dealer and check stock.

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The rear seat. 


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The rear seat back pivots in the center and is held in by two bolts, part # 111 885 591C. I checked and you can still get them in Canada. Sorry but there was no description of the bolt thread size.


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Cory-
Did you decide on how to solve your seat (upholstery) problem?  I can tell you that redoing the upholstery on my '64 was a moderately challenging job, but the end results were stunning.  Get the CalJBugs interior video if you can, and watch it thru, then just follow step-by-step, and you shouldn't have any insurmountable problems.  They cover both old and new style seats in the video.  I ended up with a job that looks, feels and best of all, smells better than new.. I used the injection-molded seat pads from JBugs, took the frames down to bare metal and had the frames welded where they were broken (and they almost always are), repainted the frames with rattle-can  paint, put in new burlap over the springs, and added an extra 3/8" foam padding.  It took me about 2 weeks altogether in the evenings. The TMI upholstery is absolutely the highest quality.  You CAN do this job, and it will look beautiful!  BTW- BFY Obsolete Parts can almost always get you those obscure parts such as your missing bolt.  Plain old metric bolts I just replace from my local Ace Hardware.  I think the bolt you are describing may be a weird shouldered bolt.
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chrissamuels

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Everybody is talking about how they had their seats profesioonally redone, but for my 72 super (almost the same type of seat), i did them myself. i the seat covers from cip1, and the hog ring kit. I took off the seat backs, and then i covered all of the seats with 1" foam from the local fabric shop. i put on the seat covers and made everything and it looked great, just as good as any profesional job ive seen. and is you get them from cip1, get the ones with velcro, they are the same but they have little velcro tabs to keep them on, i wouldn't trust them to stay on but they keep it tight for you to put on the hog rings. it was all only about $120, including the $40 for the foam

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The `73-up seats are of a completely different design and are rarely repairable as easily as the older seats - they typically have broken springs which need to be replaced, if you merely pad over them they'll poke through the padding, upholstery, and your pantleg again in no time.

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masterofdisaster

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I need front & rear seat for a 74 Super Vert!
Located in E PADoes anyone know an aftermarket supplier to talk to for a good fit?
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