‘77 Pontiac Grand Prix Bucket Seat Adaptation

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‘77 Pontiac Grand Prix Bucket Seat Adaptation

Postby NicolasB » Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:15 am

After a few problems and waiting a whole week, the new bucket seats are in the Toro! They had to be installed by a welder because of how the legs were shaped, but they do look good in it (it’s a different color from the interior of course, but I’ll probably have that addressed in the future). A lot more comfortable and safer than the old bench seat (only bolted by two bolts because it was too big). Now I would need to get new carpets because the guy ripped half of it off.
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Re: ‘77 Pontiac Grand Prix Bucket Seat Adaptation

Postby NicolasB » Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:16 am

Also new mufflers and conversion from single to dual exhaust to make the car breathe better: https://www.instagram.com/p/CJre1BIFeHQ ... gwa3gal74y

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Re: ‘77 Pontiac Grand Prix Bucket Seat Adaptation

Postby Otto Skorzeny » Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:08 pm

So the 70 has single exhaust? I thought first gens were all the same.

66-67 at least have dual exhaust, share a single transversely mounted muffler, and then exit separately into their own resonators to which the chrome tailpipes are attached.

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Re: ‘77 Pontiac Grand Prix Bucket Seat Adaptation

Postby NicolasB » Sat Jan 09, 2021 2:17 pm

No, I believe 68-70 come standard with single exhaust and are either optional or came standard with the W-30 package. It starts as two pipes from each side of the engine blocks but then merges into one muffler that has one exit on the right side.

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Re: ‘77 Pontiac Grand Prix Bucket Seat Adaptation

Postby NicolasB » Sat Jan 09, 2021 3:46 pm

Clarification: Dual exhausts were either optional or came with the W-30 package.

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Re: ‘77 Pontiac Grand Prix Bucket Seat Adaptation

Postby Otto Skorzeny » Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:31 pm

I didn't know that. I knew they eliminated the chrome tipped tailpipes and the cutouts in the bumper for them but assumed they still had duals.

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Re: ‘77 Pontiac Grand Prix Bucket Seat Adaptation

Postby NicolasB » Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:45 pm

Yeah it kinda sucks that they went away with it being standard after ‘67, really restricts the car’s performance. I wanna keep the car as original as possible, but make it work for the modern world too (this is a daily driver after all).

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Re: ‘77 Pontiac Grand Prix Bucket Seat Adaptation

Postby roland » Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:19 am

NicolasB wrote:... I wanna keep the car as original as possible....


With those ugly buckets and a wrong exhaust system? Pointless :?
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Re: ‘77 Pontiac Grand Prix Bucket Seat Adaptation

Postby bcroe » Sun Jan 10, 2021 9:56 am

A good, low restriction exhaust system will be hard to feel, but will definitely
show improved performance on your stopwatch. Better for mileage too.
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Re: ‘77 Pontiac Grand Prix Bucket Seat Adaptation

Postby NicolasB » Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:53 am

Yeah that was one of my other goals: to make the car as fuel efficient as possible while gaining a bit of power. I mentioned “as original as possible,” meaning that I’ll try to achieve it if parts are available and if is still useful for the modern world. I looked for original bench or bucket seats, but no one had them, so I went with the other route and got a pair of buckets from a newer car. Safer than bench, but still looks relatively classic. Honestly, if there are some things that I know will be very hard or out of reach, I’ll just improvise. Anyways, it’s my car and I can shape to what I think an ideal Toronado is to me. The engine is original, and I want to keep it that way. The body is original, and I want to keep it that way. Hell, the wheels are original and I like the way it looks without hubcaps. As long as it’s driving and is being used for its full purpose (as a car and as my transportation), then that’s all that matters to me. Not as a showpiece car used once every blue moon, but as a daily, undergoing the heat, cold, and rain. I respect your opinion, I love how original Toronados look, but remember that a classic isn’t just a machine on four wheels, it can be a canvas in which you can express who you are. If you can’t enjoy it for what it is or what you made it to be, then that is pointless.


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