67 versus 68 seats

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67 versus 68 seats

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Post by JETEXAS » 12 Sep 2018, 09:00

Well, a year ago when I started my 67 standard project, I got a bit ahead of myself and ended up with 68 Decor door panels and rear interior panels. They're in much better condition in comparison to my 67 interior, so while I know it's incorrect, I'm switching it out. However, that leaves me with color issue in regard to the seats.

If I recover the seats with the 67 standard red, they're going to be very bright and red compared to the more maroon 68 door panels. However, if I use the 68 decor seat covers, I think I may have some issues in regard to them fitting my 67 seat frames.

My question is, how much difference is there between the 67 and 68 seats, and can I use 68 decor covers on my 67 frames? What additional things would I need to purchase or do to make them work? Would I be better off finding 68 frames that already have the latch mechanism, etc. if I was going that route?

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Post by CATHOUSE » 12 Sep 2018, 18:38

I do not think that you would have any real problems using the 68 covers on 67 seats. I think that they are the same size and that the only real difference is the seat back latch and release lever. As long as the new covers do not already have a hole cut into them for the release lever I think that you will be fine.

If you do decide to look for a pair of 68 seats one reason would be the safety factor. I know of one person who ended up in a wheelchair due to being rear ended while driving a 66 Mustang. The seats are like your 67, no seat back latches. When he got hit the seat back pushed forward causing spinal cord damage. Just something to think about, especially since being 100% original is not important to you.

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Re: 67 versus 68 seats

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Post by 19cougar68 » 13 Sep 2018, 07:40

The 68 seat frames are built much stronger and improved over the 67 frames. In addition to the seat back latch they used thick folded metal in the bases and back to stiffen and strengthen the frames. The 67 frames were made from tubes and were prone to breakage. I believe you will find that seat back frame is slightly thicker due to the seat latch mechanism and strengthened frame. However I agree with Randy, the 68 seat covers will work on a 67 seat frames but you may have to add some additional foam to fill out the covers.

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Post by Royce » 13 Sep 2018, 13:44

If you used '68 standard foam pads then you would be OK. The '68 seats use a similar frame other than the seat back locking, but there is more padding in the '68.
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Post by JETEXAS » 09 Oct 2018, 13:10

Well, that whole plan went to crap when it became evident that the 68 armrests mounted in completely different spots than the 67. I can't decide if it's worth the attempt to cut the little rectangles in the appropriate locations or just to live with my somewhat battered 67 door panels and go with 67 seats.

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Post by COUGRR » 10 Oct 2018, 19:08

JETEXAS wrote:
09 Oct 2018, 13:10
Well, that whole plan went to crap when it became evident that the 68 armrests mounted in completely different spots than the 67. I can't decide if it's worth the attempt to cut the little rectangles in the appropriate locations or just to live with my somewhat battered 67 door panels and go with 67 seats.

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I have a 68 vert and I am running 67 door panels. I had to drill a hole per side to make the arm rests fit straight. Unsure how things would work in the opposite set up(67 with 68 panels). Pics shown.
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Post by JETEXAS » 10 Oct 2018, 21:21

Did you just drill a hole and screw into the holes or did you actually cut the little rectangle and pop in the angled bracket?
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Post by COUGRR » 10 Oct 2018, 23:04

There were originally two rectangular brackets(for both doors) for the arm rests to screw into. In my case, the the forward brackets(towards the nose) were retained. I had to drill into the door panel for both of the other bolts(towards the rear)to install the 67 arm rests. The original rear brackets(still there) were skipped over because the distances were different.
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Post by JETEXAS » 11 Oct 2018, 05:09

The 68 decor panel has the front bolt much further forward than my 67 standard with the rear bolt horizontally in the same spot. However, both holes need to be raised vertically.
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Post by COUGRR » 11 Oct 2018, 06:47

Makes sense. You will have to drill then and skip both the original rectangular brackets for the panel and arm rests to fit right.
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