Early Barracuda "Heavy Duty" Rear Seat Backs?

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  1. dibbons

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    First a question: Are the rear seats all the same 64-66 Barracuda? Thank you.

    Is the factory rear seat back fairly heavy (weight-wise) or am I just losing muscle tone in my old age? Carrying that thing around it's quite a chore for me these days. I read somewhere that old seats can become heavier with age as the foam "absorbs" who knows what. Thank you.

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    • eekvonzipper

      eekvonzipper My Member is Legendary! FABO Gold Member

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      I move mine around with a Dolly So, Yeah...
       
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      • Plymouth 65

        Plymouth 65 Floorable Deplorable

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        Definitely heavy! 65'
         
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        • pishta

          pishta I know I'm right....

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          F yeah, try to lift its bucket seat out over a fender! No wonder the A100 seat are popular with racers......
          Beautiful seat! The lock bar makes a good handle.
           
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          • Bodyperson

            Bodyperson Pedal to the metal FABO Gold Member

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            My 67 is heavy too. I should get it out of the rafters before I'm too old. LOL
             
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            • barracudadave67

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              Everything gets heavier as we age. That set of tires, and wheels is a killer for me. I don't know if I could swap an engine, or tranny, by myself anymore at my age, LOL.
              Dave
               
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                I think they are all the same...heavy. I took mine out when drag racing. I went from not so fast to not so fast. : ) But it beats not eating cheeseburgers for 10 years. LOL.
                 
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                • dibbons

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                  Found a plastic ID tag that was attached to the seat springs:
                  1 65 R8C-CA (or CH?)
                  2522949C
                   
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                  Seat frame is the same 64-66, but 66 upholstery is different - seats and door panels. Edit: I should clarify that the REAR seat frame is the same. 66 front seats are different than 64-65 seats. Seat you have is 64-65. Here's a 66:

                  66Barracudabackseatup.jpg

                  Back seat in my 65 weighs 70 pounds. Bottom is pretty light, so most of the weight is in the back. Don't know about foam absorbing moisture, but I don't think the back seat has foam. Or not much, at least. But my back seat upholstery has never been off, so I could be wrong. At any rate, I'd guess most of the weight is in the metal frame, the chrome bar and the brackets for being able to fold it down.
                   
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                  • Bob Jasinski

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                    I reupholstered the rear seat back and bottom for my '65 using a Legendary kit last Fall. The seat back uses no foam, only jute and cotton batting. It is very heavy, most of the weight comes from the solid steel back, springs, hinges, and latch bar. I thought I'd hang it on the wall to save space but quickly gave up on that idea. Here's some pictures from the process. Getting the dip just right in the center is difficult, as is figuring out exactly how many layers of cotton batting are needed to get it just right. Had to redo the cotton batting a coupled times, it took less than I first tried. Legendary has videos online that help.

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                    • geminimotors

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                      Tonight I replaced the rear floor and back seat-back carpet in my 65. That back seat is heeaaavy with the metal backing panel, latches and bar. Im glad its done- EE1 dark blue, black seats, black carpet just in time for summer!
                       
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                        Traction!
                         
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