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Username Post: PUI seat covers        (Topic#349119)
Gilly 
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01-11-18 04:13 PM - Post#2720799    

Anyone try using this place? They sell to various vendors, in my brothers case it was Hubbards.
Vinyl split bench in his 66 Impala convertible.
Everything fine until the installer (long time trim shop, does good work, show car quality not just some place fixing seats for used car lots, one man show not a lot of know-nothing employees), anyways, could NOT get the covers on the front seat back rest, because of the way they are sewn up at the bottom. Compared to original cover it wasn't sewn up anything like it. I am trying to get my brother to send pics he took.
Called Hubbards last week Friday. Said they will sew up some covers "custom" just for him but will take a few weeks. BS. New seat of front seat covers showed up this week Tuesday, so no way they made up anything special. And same covers, nothing different. Had a number to call PUI so my brother did that this morning.
Funny how everything was deflected away from them. #1, brother said non-SS convertible, split bench seat and no sooner had that out of his mouth when the chick says "oh well, it's a non-SS there's your problem right there", probably not even knowing SS's had buckets, not a bench anyways. Then said something about how they only have bench seat covers with armrest (and my brother and I listening are like, bench seat with armrest? Maybe in a Caprice with Stratobuckets, but still, hmmmm). What is going on there? She then transfers us to a more techie guy and he just again, wanted to blame the installer, suggesting that the owner might have done this a long time but what about the guy doing the work? Told him it's a one man show, he did have a buddy who stopped by try to help him pull these covers on, other than that it's just him.
We are looking at a couple choices (bear in mind the rear seats are already covers as well as the base of the front seat).
The trim shop owner said he could redo the covers to work, he is hesitant because he says the material is so poor he doesn't know how strong it will be if it gets resewn. But an option (he thinks extra $200 to do this).
Other choice is see if he could get covers for the front seat from another suppler? He thought he heard Classic Industries makes their own. Would have to research.
Any opinions on this situation and about PUI I would be interested in hearing.
Car is a 66 Impala Conv, again split bench seat.



 
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Tri5man 
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01-11-18 04:36 PM - Post#2720801    
    In response to Gilly

PUI would not be my first choice of an interior vendor. Too many reports of problems with their products.
Just did a complete interior on my 63 Impala from Cars Inc. and couldn't be happier.



 
rick1965 
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01-11-18 04:41 PM - Post#2720804    
    In response to Gilly

Ive used pui products in my chevelle and my 65 ss impala,didnt have any problems with fit or materials.actually this is the first time ive heard someone having trouble with their products.



 
Gilly 
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01-11-18 04:53 PM - Post#2720806    
    In response to Tri5man

On Cars Inc, any idea who the actual producer is? Bro called Classic Ind and they say PUI also, although the Classic Ind website looks so different from Hubbards it's hard to believe.



 
Gilly 
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01-11-18 04:56 PM - Post#2720807    
    In response to Gilly

Sorry didn't know I couldn't download images



Edited by Gilly on 01-11-18 05:01 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
JimKshortstep4x4 
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01-11-18 05:01 PM - Post#2720808    
    In response to rick1965

I have had good luck with PUI's bucket seat covers
on my 72 GMC.

Jim

65 Impala SS, 400sbc, Muncie M-22
66 Impala SS, 396, TH 400
69 El Camino, 350, TH 350
71 Short bed stepside 4x4, 350/TH 350
71 Snow plow, 4x4, 350, TH 350
72 GMC Shortbed, stepside, 427/TH 400


 
Oshawa65SS 
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01-11-18 05:40 PM - Post#2720809    
    In response to Gilly

When you call it's the usual BS line of "You're the first one to complain about this" LOL
Buy from Ciadella Interiors in Arizona, or if you can wait a year go with SMS Auto Fabrics in Oregon.

Ryan

65 Impala SS convertible 283 2V with Powerglide and 10 bolt 3.08 open
Build date Dec. 21 '64 Oshawa


 
Gilly 
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01-11-18 08:10 PM - Post#2720828    
    In response to Oshawa65SS

I thought of Ciadella right away too. For some off reason they stop at 1965? 65 but no 66.



 
brasii 
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01-12-18 11:40 AM - Post#2720862    
    In response to JimKshortstep4x4

PUI front seat in my 66 : no problem

impala 66 convertible


 
aghaga 
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01-12-18 01:48 PM - Post#2720869    
    In response to Gilly

Just wondering...are you sure you have the seat frames that you think you have?




 
Gilly 
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01-12-18 02:59 PM - Post#2720874    
    In response to aghaga

Good question. I am pestering an expert on the subject just to make sure.
I am almost 100% sure. There was a part of a build sheet in this seat. Now it doesn't show the ID number for the car itself on it, but it does show what they call the "Vehicle Ident" which shows 164676D (or last 2 nummbers could be 60), which decoded is a Chevy V8 Impala Convertible, or at least the first 5 numbers indicate that. So I think it can be said with relative certainty that the seat is at least correct to the car, if not original to the car. The original seat cover color does match what it was supposed to be originally (brother changing car to triple black)



 
427SS65 
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01-12-18 06:36 PM - Post#2720889    
    In response to Gilly

I have done two restorations with absolutely no problems. All materials fit perfectly with extra material where needed. All heat stamping of the vinyl was exactly like the original. Colors are exact.

Don't know what to say. I am not a professional upholstery person. PUI probably has 75% of the automotive interior business.

Tom 65-70 Full Size Team Moderator

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65 Impala SS Tahitian Turquoise


 
Gilly 
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01-12-18 07:31 PM - Post#2720892    
    In response to 427SS65

Any experience with a front split bench by chance or is everyone talking about buckets?




 
brasii 
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01-13-18 11:22 AM - Post#2720942    
    In response to Gilly

I did the job in my convertible 66 split bench seat , in 2003, with PUI : I remember it was a little hard with the seat backs , the material was very very just and I believed a moment it was not good .But the final result is nice

impala 66 convertible


 
Gilly 
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01-13-18 07:01 PM - Post#2720972    
    In response to brasii

Can you post a pic? Especially on the sides, down low like where the seats pivot?



 
brasii 
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01-14-18 11:36 AM - Post#2721020    
    In response to Gilly

Oh yes , it' s nice until just the seats pivot . I can't send you pics before next friday because i'm working ; but i get the contact. with the same pics, i 'll show you how i put shoulder belt on on my convertible without distort the original look : it 's not a gadget with actual conditions of traffic , especially here in Europe

impala 66 convertible


 
karlb 
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02-04-18 08:03 AM - Post#2723281    
    In response to Gilly

I used PUI covers on the split bench in my Caprice. I have no comparisons because it was my first time recovering seats, but they went on ok and look good. I'd use them again, but my car is just a driver.



 
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