I have a little issue with my seats.  A wire is pushing on the center of lumber area.  No hole but if I don't address it there will be. I suspect a connecting band broke. 

I took the seats to the apholsterer and he pointed out a small split with the side panel at the beginning of the stitching , connecting the holes.  (The rest of the seat is perfect. )  to repair the issues he said he would need to re-stitch the entire cover (50 and year old thread) and replace that panel. Since he can not be sure of a  material color/shine match. I think ( he agrees) all the side panels will need to be replaced to ensure a proper match and a nice fit. .

All of this for the same price as complete covers from SACC restorations.  I would still have him install them. So the batting and cushions can be tweeked. 

IF the seat covers from SACC are a VERY good fit and OE match that may be the way to go. 

Has anyone used them?  

Should I preserve the center material ? (Is it a unique pattern) 

PM works also 

Thanks Jerry Sr

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Hi Jerry.  I installed the SACC covers this winter.  They fit great.  The headrest covers were slightly smaller than stock which required me to cut away some of the old headrest foam to get them to fit properly.  Ideally you would not use the SACC headrest covers if your originals are in decent shape.  Also, I noticed the new SACC foam raised my seating position by about an inch so be aware of that.  I guess this is the difference between sitting on new foam instead of 40 year old compressed foam inserts.  After a few months of driving it seems they are moving lower as they compress a bit with use.  I mention this as you will lose some headroom with the SACC new foam seat material.  I had another Pantera owner tell me he had the same experience with the change in seating position height.  None-the-less, the SACC kit is great, looks good and I was able to do it myself after watching some online training videos and buying hognose pliers and rings.   Mike R.

Thanks. I didn't see new foam for early 72 seats and I am vertically challenged. 5'8" . So seating heigth won't be an issue.  Good to know about the head rests. I am guessing the material is a very good match if reusing the headrests can be reused.  Thank you Mike. Gives me a little peace of mind.  

Jerry Sr

I was tired of having my driver's side seat repaired, so I bought the covers and installed one on the driver's side. I did not change the foam. So I have a factory original passenger's side and the replacement on the driver's side. I don't think anyone notice's any difference. I least I can't tell the difference between them.

I will change out the passenger's side when I get a rip or damage in it. I think it is like the front tire on my old motorcycle... it never saw much use although the rear had a lot! I don't drive like like anymore too old?! 

Be aware that if you have 72 seats that are two piece, meaning the back comes off, that there is a big difference over the one piece covers. I bought the two piece. The material is a dead on match, very good, but the installer struggled quite a bit with them. Maybe it was him, but he was pretty experienced. Don't even think about doing it yourself, It's not just a slip on job. The end result was just okay, there are more wrinkles than I like.

I bought 2 piece covers from SACC but when the apholster disassembled the old seats they were in much better condition than he thought. He re-stiched the seams and clamped the loose springs but I haven't picked them up yet,So  if I'm happy with them I will list the new covers here first

BTW. The new were a very very close match. Nice job SACC

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