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I am restoring a 1967 Tempest Custom convertible. I am having trouble finding seat upholstery. I have a bench seat with an armrest and headrests. When I ordered upholstery from OPGI, it came with no headrests and the pattern was wrong. Mainly, it installed totally different. It fit over the seat back like a sock. The original upholstery had an open back with plastic brackets that fit over the openings in the back. Then there was a plastic cover that attaches to the rear to cover the mounting hole. OPGI thought it was a '68 seat. The pattern was very close but it still fit like a sock. When I removed the seat cushion, there was a build card under it with a VIN code that matches the VIN of the car. Anyone have any idea what style of seat I have and how to get sear upholstery for it?
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Bench seats are one of the hardest to secure covers for. We did a '67 GTO Notch-back Bench years ago and had to purchase the solid vinyl by the yard to have the backs made. I have included pages from the 1967 interior booklet for some reference. The seat patterns were similar from Tempest To Tempest Custom but I can't say I've ever seen on with hard plastic back panels. This doesn't mean anything, just that I have never seen them. 90% of what I see at shows all have/had soft vinyl backs. The head rest are separate and also would likely need to be outsourced to an upholster to be made. The last image is the most common '67 pattern for Tempest Bench. As a side note and as far as I know only the 4-Dr used a cloth insert.
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Have pulled quite a few of the notchback folding armrest bench seats, most to specifically to be restored and go back in GTO's and Buick GS's. There are slight differences in the fold down arm rest bench seat from '67-72. I'm currently looking for such a core front bench for a '70. Have never ever seen a fold down arm rest front bench in a Tempest, or pulled one out of a Tempest. The Tempest, even the Tempest Custom was supposed to get the lighter non fold down arm rest style bench. The 2 door LeMans in '67 shared the same bench as the GTO. With your '67 having a build card in the seats with the VIN, it has to be original, makes me wonder who had the "pull" to get the car built that way. Be interesting to see a copy of the PHS.

On the plastic seat backs, I believe they are the same style used on a '68 strato bucket. Have a pair of '68 headrest buckets, if you need a comparison of headrests or the rear plastic covers. On the repro seat upholstery, the covers are PUI brand? can you take a picture of the upholstery pattern?
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Contact Legendary Upholstery. The best there is, period. Nothing else comes close.

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Sooo, I am new to the site. How do you post a pic? When I drag it into the drag and drop, it shows a huge picture that uploads and then disappears.
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Sooo, I am new to the site. How do you post a pic? When I drag it into the drag and drop, it shows a huge picture that uploads and then disappears.
Go Advanced then click on the paper clip and attach pic.

My '67 with special ordered bench with folding armrest in black.
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That is NOT a '67 Pontiac seat.
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That is NOT a '67 Pontiac seat.
Ding, ding. We have a winner! Didn't have plastic clips back in 67.
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