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I have noticed most of the 126 series I have looked at here in the SF Bay area have drivers seats that are pretty worn out, flattened, and lacking good cushioning capabilities. Any idea how much it costs to rebuild a 25-year-old seat and where to get it done in the SF Bay area? Thanks.
 

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It is a job you can easily undertake yourself. Replacement seat covers and pads are available aftermarket and a complete set for the front seats would run you in the region of 5 to 700 USD depending on the material (cloth, leather, mbtex).
 

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GAHH in LA made my seats with OEM leather and the pads for 1300. Had a local shop install them after cleaning and lubing all the parts, fixing broken springs etc. They steamcleaned carpets to for $225, also did my headliner and sunroof r/r and installed a tech shield cating t help prevent heat - $350.

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Got my dash, seats, and pillars done with color match vinyl, $1100

Very happy!
 

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Easy and cheap way is to get a passenger seat bottom from a junk yard and swap over everything. perhaps even get the whole seat and back in your color and swap the seat bottoms. passenger seat are usually a lot better than the drivers in these yard cars.
 

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If the material is good, and the seat just sags, there's a kit you can find on e-Bay that comes with everything you need to repair the broken springs and add some padding. It consists of pieces of round spring steel, in various shapes, and you just use the appropriate shape to bridge where your springs are broken. The bridge piece attaches with small U-bolts. You can add pieces to unbroken areas to stiffen it up further. I did mine a few years ago and it's holding up fine. It'll take you longer to get the seat out than it does to fix it. A little shoe polish of the appropriate color on the leather and you're back in business. (By the way, that blue liquid shoe polish did a nice job of re-coloring my sun-faded cloth weatherstripping around the doors also. Only just thought to try it the other day when I was dabbing some on the seat belt chafe point of the driver's seat.)
 

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Oh yeah, the pool noodle thing is great.
I can testify to that; I had several broken springs resulting in a very saggy seat, I stuffed two pool noodles in there and was very pleasantly surprised :thumbsup:

The cut the first one two or three pieces so that it went to the sides and front of the seat, the second one I just cramped in there to the middle of the seat.
 

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Easy and cheap way is to get a passenger seat bottom from a junk yard and swap over everything. perhaps even get the whole seat and back in your color and swap the seat bottoms. passenger seat are usually a lot better than the drivers in these yard cars.
+1

I bought a whole new interior for my SEC in perfect shape for $1,000 which included everything - all seats, and door panels and trim. It was far cheaper than re-finishing it.
 

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pool noodles big time bro
 

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kents videos on yt are excellent, but noodles rooooolll
 

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I did noodles trick on my rear seat and its day and night difference.
Cost 1.79*2 (Noodles) = $3.60+Tax from ralphs.

Need to do same for front seats.
Surprisingly my springs are not broken but just tired.
 

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From another related thread...


Try GERMAN AUTO TOPS in North Hollywood , at 5547 Satsuma Ave., 91601. 866-760-8677. (same company on e-bay as QUALITYTOPSANDINTERIORS). Father & son owners. Father is John Oganesyan & Johns' cell # is 818-207-5670. John made factory 6 pleat diamond perforated seat sets (2 backs,2seats,2headrests, & armrest for 1988 300CE in "Brazil" for$750.00 U.S. shipping included (Feb.2012) Ask John for source materials etc. GOOD LUCK !
 

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Easy and cheap way is to get a passenger seat bottom from a junk yard and swap over everything. perhaps even get the whole seat and back in your color and swap the seat bottoms. passenger seat are usually a lot better than the drivers in these yard cars.
Can I use a Gen2 seat bottom with a Gen1 seat back and motor? got a 420SEL parts car and like to use as much as i can in my 83 SD. will the motors swap over?
 

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Yes the Gen II seats are better constructed, just swap the seat pans.
 
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