The drivers seat in my sons 96 olds cutlass supreme finally let go completely the other day. This car has been around the block a few times and he is the third family member to use it as a daily driver since 96. Still runs very good, but the front seats have always been a weak point. The drivers side is electric, the passenger side manual.
We removed drivers seat and moved passenger seat over to drivers side so he can get to work.
Now we need to either repair the current seat or replace it with a used one. See pictures below of the damage but at this point I think trying to find a used one is the way to go. Doesn't need to be electric, manual is fine. Of course with interior parts, matching the color can be problematic, maybe even impossible. Not sure what to do in that case other than put a set of seat covers on the two fronts seats.
I haven't needed the services of a junkyard in about 20 years and in the old days we had really good yards around here for every major make, but they have completely disappeared. An internet search turns up some outfit called 'pick and pull' with two locations, neither are particularly close to me but it sounds like they may be the only option.
I called them up and one yard says they have four cutlass from 88 to 96 and the other yard has a 94. They do not have info on whether there are seats available in said vehicles, what color the interior is, etc. So I guess I need to drive out there and check it out.
I don't see any available for cutlass on ebay.
My questions are, how can I determine what years of cutlasses specifically will have the same types/mounting of seats? And how can I determine what other makes/models would fit? For example, what is the GM version of this car, the malibu, or maybe the Lumina? What about a Pontiac version?
Looking at the old seat, I sure don't see any easy way to just replace the track system. Of course being electric there is all manner of arms, springs, motors etc under there. Looks like the track system is riveted to the seat base with two large rivets on each end of the track. Rivets of course can be drilled out but the entire lower half of the track system would need removed in order to drill out those rivets.
Left track front ripped from mounting. Parent metal on track arm tore out.
Left track aluminum channel split.
Seat pan/base jacked up.