Can a 68 standard rear seat be converted to a read folding seat? Is there a kit, or will I have to locate an origonal? I believe that the seat is narower. Perhaps it is as simple as new cushion,springs and the necessary hardware.
I think 68 and 69 are the same size. A folding seat is narrower and it requires arm rest type side panels where the window control is too. There also is hardware that bolts to the back of the upright frame to hold the back rest up. Both seat and back rest are narrower than standard seat package.
I dont know how much trouble you will have trying to shorten the seat part of back rest part, sounds like more trouble than its worth. Good luck
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I've never looked at a 68 folding rear seat. I can, however, state with confidence and first-hand experience that the folding rear seat in the 67 is about the most worthless option I've seen on any car.
I've owned the car since 89 and just found out this year that the car even had the option. When I folded down the rear seat, my reaction was, "Why would anyone want this option?"
My 68 came with a fold down and the seat is completely different and don't think you could convert.
I put my down at car shows and listen to people walk by and say "wish I had a fold down seat" other than that it's about worthless.
The answer to the original question is no you can not convert your existing seat to a fold down seat. You can however get a fold down seat and install it in your car. You must have a deluxe interior or a convertible in 68 or 69, as the fold down seat is physically shorter than a standard coupe rear seat and you need the arm rests that came in a deluxe interior car.
Each year is also physically different. The 67's were held up just by a friction latch, 68 and 69 had a latch similar to the one that holds the front seats upright. 69 has a notch in the corner for this latch, 68's don't. They are all attached to brackets that weld to the floor under the seat.
Oh, I don't know about "of no use". On a convert, it will be nice to have the beauty queens high heels resting on top of the folded down seat rather than the seat vinyl, when they sit on top of the seat during parades!
There are better uses for a beauty queen and high heals!
Thanks for the information on the different seat types. Are there differences between 67-8-9 hinge assemblies? Mine, I was told, are for a '68. The main bar that bolts to the side of the seatback is made of 1" (or so) flat bar stock.
There is only one length fold down seat for al three years and it is the same width as a convertible seat. You many not need a deluxe interior to get a fold down seat in a coupe, but you do need the rear panels with the arm rests in them. There is some kind of an adapter piece that is used to connect the arm rest panel to the sail panel that also fills the gap around the back of the back seat. If you have the 67-69 Camaro Fact book by Dobbins and Incremona there is a picture of it on page 111.
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