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Author Topic: 1981 Recaro Seat restore  (Read 2255 times)
EvelBist
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« on: May 02, 2011, 05:13:14 PM »

YIKES!!!!!!!!

A hair over $2K to restore the front seats. Rebuild the bolsters, lower cushions, rebuild headrests and netting, correct color black and red. The place is really good and has done stuff for me before, and they restore high end and classic cars upholstery every day.

BUT: is this a reasonable price?
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2011, 11:55:24 PM »

That sounds very high to me.  Even if using NOS fabric, you figure a high price could cost 100 per yard. Then add labor rates. I charge 50 per hour for example. When i do bucket seats using readily available material I average 300 per bucket. Leather can double that price. I would probably bid them at most between 1,000- 1,200 dollars and that's if the material is costly. Foam repair may add another hundred or so per seat.

Of course I guess it depends on the shop and geographical location too.  But if they do awesome work, you'd hate to invest in high cost materials and get less quality job on the seats to save a couple of hundred dollars.
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2011, 05:51:54 AM »

Only the red material is special order, about $80yd. The rest is labor and rebuilding 3 bolsters and the resto of the seats and headrests. Should I dicker about the total? Do your customers expect to push a little on your high end jobs?

Now if I do this, and the restore is fine. And the rest of the car including the engine is restored, what are these '81 pacers going for these days?

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mrpontiac80
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2011, 12:09:40 PM »

Only the red material is special order, about $80yd. The rest is labor and rebuilding 3 bolsters and the resto of the seats and headrests. Should I dicker about the total? Do your customers expect to push a little on your high end jobs?

Now if I do this, and the restore is fine. And the rest of the car including the engine is restored, what are these '81 pacers going for these days?



I really don't have people haggling me much at all. Even if they did, I know where I need to be to make anything off the job so Im probably not gonna budge on my price. I will say that at least in my opinion, the Recaro seats no matter if they are in a BMW or etc or any style of seat like that is or can be a pain in the rear to do. Lotus has the same style of seat as far as construction. The insert ( the red part on your seat) is attached after the sides and backs. The foam is always in need of repair and I just personally don't like messing with them. They look fine mind you, but I hate to see them come to me for work.

If you have previous experiance with the shop and like their work, Id just let them do it and you can be pretty sure your gonna be happy with the job. I have no idea what they charge for work on average though so this could be a fair price for what they do. For example if I get 350 dollars for an average 80's chevy bench seat and they normally get 450.00 for the same job, then thats just a geographical price differance for the areas I guess.


As for the value of the car after finished....  I have no idea.
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2011, 02:54:27 PM »

Thanks for the insight mike.
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2011, 08:31:05 PM »

I think you kinda answered your own question in your first post with the statement of "The place is really good and has done stuff for me before, and they restore high end and classic cars upholstery every day"  Sounds like this shop is used to people coming in with money and paying what they ask because they can afford it and are willing to pay it for great service.  I'm sure the job is top notch, but I'm also sure if you looked around a little more, you could probably find another shop that would do just as good for a cheaper price.  I would not put 2k into the seats, just to turn around and sell it, you won't get your money back...
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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2011, 11:14:18 PM »

I had mine done from a local shop for around  $1300.  They just needed recovering.  The trick was finding a shop to do them.   Nobody wanted to touch Recaros.  I found one guy that would "take a shot".   They turned out ok.  Not perfect,but nice for a driver.

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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2011, 09:25:58 PM »

Hmmm, my recaros dont have the seat controls like yours. Also, they dont have the knobs down below the thigh bolsters. What are those from?
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1978 W72 SE 4-spd (restored)
1978 W72 SE (under resto)
1978 W72 Martinique Blue (awaiting resto)
1978 Esprit 305 (parts car)
1980 Turbo SE (awaiting resto)
1989 GTA 350 (DD)

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1981 Turbo Pace (resto/sold 2012)
1979 10th auto (resto/sold 2012)
1979 10th auto (resto/sold 2010)
1985 TA (sold 1989)
1978 TA (sold 1980)
1977 Firebird V6
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« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2011, 12:09:16 AM »

Hmmm, my recaros dont have the seat controls like yours. Also, they dont have the knobs down below the thigh bolsters. What are those from?

Not sure what they are from.   Those were the seats in my car when I bought it.   
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81 Trans Am 305 4sp
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