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1981 corvette seat conversion

Hi, what do i need to replace 1981 corvette seats to inexpensive racing seats..Thank You

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You will need to pull off the four retaining nuts holding seat in place. Measure the length and width of bottom support frames. Many seats are interchangable.

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Do you know what the common problems with the 1981 corvette


Biggest problem is neutral safety switch. When it goes you have no crank no start. A pain to get too have to remove driver seat and be a gynmist to get to it. Most customers turn its circuit into an ignition kill switch and do not replace it.
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Big problem with these cars is the electrical connector behind the driver seat on the floor. Son of a gun to open use a small screw driver and be careful. They must closetightly and hold. 90% of time the terminals are loaded with corrosion. Remove battery power from the vehicle and either clean them or replace them. If that doesn't work pull seat cushions out and test the switch. Use shop manual for this
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I cannot read what any of the fuses are for. I need a diagram because my power seat quit working. thx


The power seats use a circuit breaker. Power Accessory (PWR ACC) As the breaker cools off, it works again. Suggest your problem is in the power seat switch, or the motor for the power seat.


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