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Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I might be able to save this? Its a real shame because the other seats are actually in pretty good condition.

 

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I guess the material is probably going to be next to impossible to find now?

Thanks in advance for any help or advice you can give.

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Even if you could get the original material to do this I would have thought the others will be bleached by sunlight so depending what you're aiming for (full or partial restoration) it's either car seat cover set or recover all the seats.

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Im removing material from a similar seat, honey combe pattern from a 81 2.0 manta b gtj. Gonna use material, strip it, wash it, dry it, dye it black to recover recaro seats, restoration, with a twist. 

Hard to beat a manta with recaros😍

As said most will be sunbleached now, especially red, most asconas or cavaliers had that red, as said you could find one passanger seat, use it, or recover it, can you live with a tilt up leaver on inside, or get an upholstery guy to sort it. 

If you find a good back seat, you could use material to recover inners in recaros

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Yes to the above. Passenger seats have less chance of being torn and the cover is identical on the base and can be swapped over pretty easily..

for the backrest it will only swap covers if its from a 4 door saloon .otherwise you will have the tilt lever hole in the wrong place.!.

last option is the cloth from a back seat and use it to repair your existing seat cloth.any trimmer should be able to do this relatively cheaply. 

The red velour type was found in a few models post 78 so Hopefully someone will have something in their loft ? Sorry ian i dont. Only spare black and beige. 

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Maybe looking for a seat on our site of the sea, our passenger-seats are your driver-seats... And as all passenger seats 

they are not worn. Just an idee, finding one is something else. And shipping it to GB...

Can always look around.

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Thank you all for your input Gentlemen, much appreciated.

It looks like I have some more thinking to do...

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49 minutes ago, IanMc said:

Thank you all for your input Gentlemen, much appreciated.

It looks like I have some more thinking to do...

You could always go for an interior transformation & buy this for £50 as advertised on the Facebook group.

 

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1 hour ago, Monaco Blue said:

You could always go for an interior transformation & buy this for £50 as advertised on the Facebook group.

 

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Wow, many thanks Monaco Blue!

I will send him a PM...

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1 hour ago, H-400 said:

Hey Ian, thats a bargain! 

Fingers crossed Herman!

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Forget trying to source the same seat material, I worked for Wardle Storey in the mid 90s, we supplied the auto industry with plastics, Vauxhall being one of our customers.

Using contacts at Vauxhall trim dept, they tried in vain to get details of the cloth & original suppliers, I eventually gave up & had a pair of Recaros trimmed in leather with rusty red colour hide chosen to match as nicely as I thought. I do still have my old front seats in storage in the attic somewhere, they were in much better nick than yours, I stress they were when I put them away. Don't know what time will have done for them.

 

 

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1 hour ago, plumster said:

Forget trying to source the same seat material, I worked for Wardle Storey in the mid 90s, we supplied the auto industry with plastics, Vauxhall being one of our customers.

Using contacts at Vauxhall trim dept, they tried in vain to get details of the cloth & original suppliers, I eventually gave up & had a pair of Recaros trimmed in leather with rusty red colour hide chosen to match as nicely as I thought. I do still have my old front seats in storage in the attic somewhere, they were in much better nick than yours, I stress they were when I put them away. Don't know what time will have done for them.

 

 

Sounds like you exhausted all avenues in your attempts, fair play to you.

Well if you find yourself in the attic and stumble across them, feel free to take a photo or two  :D

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If I remember the Cav had different material to the Mantas, so if you want an exact match you'll need to find a Cav seat. The set that are for sale from Kev Abbott are from a later Manta 1800 Coupe I believe so won't be the same material and the back seat won't fit the hatch.

 

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