HOW TO: Fit head restraints to the front of your Chevette.

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HOW TO: Fit head restraints to the front of your Chevette.

Postby Shellysowner » 22 Jul 2007, 00:21

You will need:

Some Vauxhall Corsa head restraints and locating tubes
3 flat-headed screwdrivers of varying sizes
A small pair of scissors
A Stanley Knife

It will cost: £5

It will take: 20 minutes


This week I was been looking for some Chevette seats with head restraints for Siona but, after asking around, I had realised that I wasn't going to get any within the required timescale. I wasn't going to be beaten that easily though, so set off to the local scrappy in search of a solution.

First some measurements (taken from pukker Chevette restraints):

Head restraint stay spacing (the distance between the centres of the two shiny bits that slot into the back of the seat) - 210mm

Head restraint stay diameter - 12mm

Head restraint locating tube diameter: 18mm

All of which are dimensions that are shared with the Vauxhall Corsa. Corsas have variety of different head restraints. The most common are light grey with a big hole in the middle, but I hunted around the yard and found a Corsa Swing which had these slightly plusher dark grey ones:

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Your first job will be to remove them from the host Corsa. The head restraints pull straight out but the locating tubes are clipped into the back of the Corsa seats. The Corsa swing also has these black locating tubes by the way, which match the rest of the black plastic in a Chevette interior, whereas most Corsas have light grey plastic. To remove the locating tubes you will need to slide a medium-sized flatheaded screwdriver down both the front and back outer edges of the tube and push inwards and upwards with them which lifting the tube up with your thumb (not as difficult as it sounds). Once you've got the hang of doing this to the first one (I damaged it a bit) then the other three will be a doddle. Then pay the scrappie (mine charged me £5) and make your way home to your Chevette.

One thing that you may not know about your car is that while it may not have head restraints from the factory, the seats still have the required holes running down inside the backs to allow them to be fitted (in my experience anyway). To double check, take a long and very thin screwdriver and insert it into the top of the seat a couple of mm inwards from the outermost row of stitching and about 15mm back from the vinyl piping:

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By poking around with the screwdriver you should be able to feel where the head restraint will fit and where a hole needs to be made in the top of the seat to allow this to happen. Now take a Stanley knife and expand the small hole you have made as required by cutting a cross shape into the top of the seat:

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At this point you should be able to poke your finger into the seat and feel the hole in the back, but if you do so BE CAREFUL as there are some very sharp bits of metal in there. Using your cross shape to gain access you can now cut a small hole in the vinyl of the seat back which should be around 18mm in diameter but there is scope for some error here - it does not need to be exact.

Making sure that enough of the seat stuffing has been removed or moved aside to allow the locating tubes to fit down into the seat you can now push one into the hole. Make sure it's the right way round (button pointing forwards). After it is most of the way in you will come up against some resistance but bashing it with a clenched fist a couple of times should snap it securely into the back of the seat. Repeat this on the other side of the seat and you will end up with something that looks like this:

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Then do it to the other seat as well. The result is a pair of head restraints in the front of your chevette which don't look out of place and which are fully operational. The only downside is that if you have a 2dr, hatchback or estate, access to the rear seats is slightly restricted due to the fact that the head restraints prevent the seats from folding forward as far as they used to. However, this is not a problem unless you plan to carry your gran around in the back a lot (any physically able person should manage it with ease) and if you ask me its a small price to pay for the obvious safety benefits.

Fin.

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Last edited by Shellysowner on 22 Jul 2007, 12:03, edited 1 time in total.
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 22 Jul 2007, 00:41

Phew....i'm glad my car is of such a high spec that the factory fitted them for me :twisted:
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Postby Shellysowner » 22 Jul 2007, 00:42

Herbie_Flowers wrote:Phew....i'm glad my car is of such a high spec that the factory fitted them for me :twisted:


Shame they could only stretch to 3 gears though :wink:
Doive wrote:I remember last summer being in another Chevette with a quite mad driver, and we were drifting round A class roads at 65mph with the tail sliding progressively on the corners. It was fantastic.

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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 22 Jul 2007, 00:49

Shellysowner wrote:Shame they could only stretch to 3 gears though :wink:

yeah but it's not like i have to change them myself 8)
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Postby Shellysowner » 22 Jul 2007, 11:48

Bit of an update:

Further investigation at the scrapyard has revealed that mk3 cavalier head restraints will also fit but you will need to either use Corsa locating tubes with the bottom cut off (as Cavalier head restraints are longer) or remove them from the donor Cavalier (something which for some reason I was unable to do).

I also got the other type of Corsa head restraint and have decided that the solid ones are more comfortable.
Doive wrote:I remember last summer being in another Chevette with a quite mad driver, and we were drifting round A class roads at 65mph with the tail sliding progressively on the corners. It was fantastic.

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Postby mint » 17 Aug 2007, 15:29

I bashed mine until it I broke it. Don't think all corsas/chevettes are the same. It seems the second deeper holes inside my seat are too small to let the tubes through judging by the marks left on the plastc tube when I inspected it afterwards.
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Postby Shellysowner » 02 Sep 2007, 18:44

mint wrote:I bashed mine until it I broke it. Don't think all corsas/chevettes are the same. It seems the second deeper holes inside my seat are too small to let the tubes through judging by the marks left on the plastc tube when I inspected it afterwards.


Hmmm, did theCorsa head restraints and tubes match the measurements I took?
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Postby mint » 03 Sep 2007, 00:29

Don't know. I'll check if I remember.
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Postby chevette adam » 03 Sep 2007, 12:16

ummm looks like the same interior as mine Ralph 8) All you need to do now is coller a chav and strip him of his Burberry and re-trim the head restraint :idea: :lol: :twisted:
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Postby Shellysowner » 03 Sep 2007, 12:24

chevette adam wrote:ummm looks like the same interior as mine Ralph 8) All you need to do now is coller a chav and strip him of his Burberry and re-trim the head restraint :idea: :lol: :twisted:


There's an interior which looks even more like Burberry than that - Nick has it on his Auto hatch.
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Postby chevette adam » 03 Sep 2007, 13:50

One of my mates said mine was burberry! Dam :lol: :lol: . I know was kidding. I have also had my car mistaken for a escort by no fewer than 5 people so far! :evil:

On the subject of these seats does anyone know where I could get some recaro ones in this colour pattern? I fancy I saw some in a chevette a while ago. Sorry to hi jack the thread Ralph.
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Postby Shellysowner » 03 Sep 2007, 16:22

You can get Manta and Astra GTE Recaros with the 'even more Burberryesque' pattern inserts and dark grey outers.
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