A couple of months ago I purchased a set of TMI factory looking bolstered seat covers and foams for my 69. I just got them in the car due to nobody stocking a white cover. The install is pretty much the. Same as a regular seat, but I did not use the cotton batting. The seats I removed were fresh with no broken springs, cotton batting, burlap, and new foams. The seats looked good, but had no real support. It felt like I was sitting on the floor. Maybe the springs were weak from all the years of service. Who knowes?
The new seats are actually "new" frames from golden star. I went the rout of new frames as I didn't want to wonder if the springs were compromised. This is what I have as far as measurements. I am 5 foot 9 inches tall. So I guess average height.
Original seat I had 3 inches of head room.
TMI seat I have 1.5 inches of head room.
In the picture of both seats together the original is on the left. It looks like a big difference, but the tape says only 1.5 inch difference. Second picture is with TMI on drivers side, and original on passanger side.
The thing I didn't think about is the back of the seat. I have no measurements, but I am considerably closer to the steering wheel due to the extra foam in the TMI seats. I think a set of seat extenders is in the future. The feel of the seat as far as the bolster is not enough for me to say it was worth the upgrade. I have the seats now, so I will use them, but if you are planning sport driving, I would just get a sport seat. To rap it all up, would I use the TMI covers and bolster foams in a future build? The answer is probably not, the difference in the TMI and the stock reconditioned seats is minimal. Just wanted to post this as many are wondering the difference in seat measurements, and headroom with TMI in a first gen Camaro. Oh ... By the way my car is a 69 Z. Hope this helps Y all.
So I just went for a ride, so an update.
Seat extenders... Absolutely. Too close to the steering wheel. I have a tilt, and still not comfortable. I have a very short hair cut, and if I hit a slight bump , my hair hits the headliner. This means I will cut some metal out of my seat tracks.
My fix will be cutting my tracks and making them flush, and extending them at the same time. I think 2 inches will work.
Not to bash TMI, but I will not be doing any of these upgrades on stock seats on any of my future or current builds. Good luck with y'alls builds, and God speed.
1969 x-77 Z/28 orange/ white stripes, named by my daughter "Clementine ", M-22 close ratio, 4:10 12 bolt, CE 302. Hugger orange with white stripes. White standard interior. Restoration complete May 2018
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