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Old 07-09-2019, 01:42 PM
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Hey Guys - trying to determine if you think I should spend the money on new leather and foam for my 88 35th Anniversary Edition. I use this car for Car Shows only and maybe taking the Mrs out for ice-cream.

Here are the costs involved:

35th Edition White Leather Seat Covers (Bright White): $800
35th Edition Sport Seat Foam: $315
Seat Cover and Foam Installation: $479
Seat Cover installation Kit: $28
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Lumbar Bladder replacements: $160 (for the pair)
35th Edition White Steering Wheel $211

Here is what my interior looks like now...its clean but is showing wear...


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I'm sure allot of folks would say no, but for me, I would. I like things to be as perfect as possible. You seem to like to go to shows... and if you're in it to win it, perfection, or close to it, is essential. Your car is already close to perfect... why not?
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If you can afford the refurb, why not?

Th,e only real answer is all the other white might look yellowed and need replaced too!

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How close are you to Carlisle? You can order anything from Al Knoch and they will bring it to the show in August with no shipping fees. They will even install them at the show if you want.
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Are you sure "bright white" is the right color?? Remember that our exterior color is not arctic white like the '87s, rather an off white.

Since you show the car it's important to get the correct shade of white that blends with the rest of the interior.
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Originally Posted by FAUEE View Post
If you can afford the refurb, why not?

The only real answer is all the other white might look yellowed and need replaced too!
You bring up a great point. My doors, my arm rest and steering wheel like whiter than my current seats. The standard seat in 88 was a cream / bone colored white... So I was thinking that the bright white might match what I currently have in my car...

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How close are you to Carlisle? You can order anything from Al Knoch and they will bring it to the show in August with no shipping fees. They will even install them at the show if you want.
Actually Im about 90 min from Carlisle - the prices I shared were from Corvette America - I have to bring my seats to them at Carlislie then they take them (estimated for 3 weeks) then they ship the redone seats to me home for free. But if Al Knoch will do them right there for me - Im certainly going to give him a call. Everyone I have called is charging $475 to $500 for the install - so that seems pretty common.

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Are you sure "bright white" is the right color?? Remember that our exterior color is not arctic white like the '87s, rather an off white.

Since you show the car it's important to get the correct shade of white that blends with the rest of the interior.
I could not agree with you more... Right now my seats look "darker" than my door panels and arm rest...by darker I mean creamier...(if that makes sense). That is why I was thinking about going with the bright white to better match the door panels and arm rest.
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Originally Posted by 65Z01 View Post
Are you sure "bright white" is the right color?? Remember that our exterior color is not arctic white like the '87s, rather an off white.
As far as I know the 85-88 White was identical all code 40 and more of an off white than the 84 and 89-96 which was code 10 they changed the name in 93 to “Arctic White” but it’s still identical to the 89-92 “white”

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Back in 2002 I purchased some Seat Covers and foam for a 35th I had from Corvette America and they matched perfect
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I would. What they should look like

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Right you are, it was '89 that went to the arctic white...my bad...
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I get it, but man thats pricey. I've always liked the white seats and wheel on those cars, bet it will look nice once done.
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I get it, but man thats pricey. I've always liked the white seats and wheel on those cars, bet it will look nice once done.
I disagree, I think that's a pretty reasonable price.

When I was looking into updating the seats on my 2010, it was going to be 3 grand in just parts!
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In my convertible the seats looked okay, but were starting to wear (mostly driver's, of course).
I re-springed, re-foamed, and recovered this past winter.
Now the interior absolutely pops and just draws the eyes!

I think for what you want to do with the car I vote refurbish.
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Originally Posted by gpierce View Post
I would. What they should look like



Is it me or are those seats "bright white"? There is no way those are the cream colored seats... Am I crazy?
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So now I’m curious what the actual deal was with the different colors of seats....back in 02 when I bought my 35th the original seats had the “cream” tinge to it and I thought the leather had just “faded/yellowed” over time I replaced them with new covers that matched the rest of the white pieces perfect and didn’t think anything of it...

Some years before that I had made a 35th “clone” out of an 87 I had the seats were non-sport and the leather matched the steering wheel and the rest of the interior pieces I had dyed perfect..there was definitely no “cream tinge” to them

It wasn’t until years later I heard there was two different shades of white but never the “why?”

Any of you 35th experts know the why and what made what cars get what?

was it a late production change?
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Looking at the colors side by side makes me wonder if I even had the “cream” I mean yeah I remember them being faded they were 14 years old with 50k miles on them at the time but t don’t remember them being THAT “creamy so maybe they were the white ones with age and wear on them

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Im not a 35th expert at all...Im just starting to really dig into the history, but I thought I read that the standard color of the seats were that bone / cream colored leather. From what I understand, alot of folks complained that it didn't match the doors or arm rest (look at my pictures above) which gave the appearance of looking worn / dirty. So companies that sold replacement seating, began to offer it in the "bright white" to better match the exterior paint, the armrest and the doors.

Im assuming after being 31 years old, many owners have replaced their seating...some chose the cream colored leather, others chose the bright white leather - which is why (I suspect) you have a real "mix" of what is out there - still on the road today. I dont think GM offered bright white leather at any time throughout the 2050 being produced.

Im hoping a true 35th expert can correct me where I am mistaken...

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When new, everything on mine matched fine. But hey, it's still new only has 4K miles on it and 900 when I got it last year

Also, the exterior white is not what I would call bright white, it too is a little bit creamy. It's really obvious when parked next to a truly white car.
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