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    removing rear seat from a '77

    '77 Volare rear seat needs to come out for re-upholster

    tried pulling up the front as in other vehicles ive owned but not budging.

    Whose got the scoop on rear seat removal?

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    To remove the bottom push down, push back, then lift up and out. Then you can access the two bolts that anchor the bottom of the back seat.

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    I have a 4-door '77 Aspen, and me and my friend have tried this and can't get them off.
    What's the way to remove the 4-Door rear seats?

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    Same way as a 2 door. On some you have to push back VERY hard and then pull up a bit and then forward to get the wire out of the hook in the floor. Push about in the middle of the seating area on each side of the cushion (roughly half way between the edge of the cushion and the center). I've had seats come out easily, yet others are about impossible to get the hooks released. Depends on how accurate the placement of the hooks was when the car was built and if the top portion of the hook got bent down over time.

    I tried to find a photo of what the hooks look like but, no luck.
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    Your carpet is stuck in the hooks I bet. I've run into a lot of that. Being a sedan, you don't really have the room to get in and use the strength of your legs either. Put the 1/2" socket on the mini impact and shoot your front seat loose. Then lay it up toward the dash while taking care to remove the carpet from the tracks and studs so you don't tear it. It will provide you backing to sit on the floor and use your legs to push the base of that seat back til it hits solid metal again. At that point you shove your feet upward because the hooks let loose 1/4" forward of that point and will release the seat base. Trim your carpet as necessary and even bend the floor pan hooking loop in your seat base downward once removed so you don't have this problem again.
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    Spent a few hours today with the seats. Took y'all's advice, fought with it, tried a lot, and failed. Decided to take a break before removing the front seats to get some more room, and thats when I re-read a book I was using and realized we were going at this backwards.

    We thought you had to take the back off, then the bottom, and thats what we were fighting with. Once we tackled the seats the right way around, it took only 5 minutes to remove them.

    Thanks for y'all's help tho, very appericated.

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    Ah Yep. Gota push the seat base rearward to unhook it. That provides access to the more vertical seat back. Guess we tend to just throw terms around that don't make it absolutely clear how to go about it. Glad you got it though.
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    thanks a bunch!

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