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Unread 09-30-2013, 04:54 PM   #1
momo2
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Can someone please identify my seats

Somehow the seats in my 1980 CJ become more and more a mystery to me. The right one on the picture is the one the jeep had when i bought it 18 years ago. Also the passenger side seat and the rear bench have this color combination. According to the vin tag this is:

06LE 2/3-1/3 bench, Desert Beige, Linen vinyl



Strange thing is that i don't have a split bench, and the seat on the left, which i recently bought from a friend as a replacement, shouldn't be existing at all in 1980. The only other light colour in 1980 should have been:

Tan, Denim Vinyl with Italian Purse Vertical Stripes

and these were only available with high backs.

Could it be possible that these seats are not from 1980 and some PO just swapped them in?

PS: The two seats on the picture are definitely a different color and not faded. The difference is also visible on the underside which was never exposed to the sun. Maybe from different years?

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Unread 09-30-2013, 07:38 PM   #2
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If your trim tag is what you posted, then obviously somewhere along the way the original seats have been removed.
The rest of the story....just guessing.
Low and high were available in 1980 from the factory.
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Unread 09-30-2013, 08:16 PM   #3
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I have those same "style" seats, only in balck...so I would say that those lowbacks were definitely available in 1980.

As for the color? There's a good chance there was some mixing and matching going on through your Jeep's history...
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Unread 10-01-2013, 08:47 AM   #4
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I did a little more research. According to documents this Jeep originally was what is called a "fiscal truck" here. This means you pay lower taxes but you have to have your cargo area separated by a metal grid and are not allowed to have a rear bench. So a split bench in the front makes some sense.

In 1982 the grid was taken out and the owner added a rear bench. Maybe at this time he also changed the front seats to match the rear one. Strange thing is that the door panels have the same design and color as the seats. So either he has changed them too or the new single seats were just the same design as the original bench.

And this brings me back to my initial question. What color, style and production year is the right seat on the picture. It's not italian purse, is it?

Thanks Momo
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Unread 10-02-2013, 04:21 PM   #5
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Got the first owner on the phone today, the guy was quite surprised to hear about his car 30 years later. He removed the split bench and put some black laredo high backs in, so it seems that the second owner put the beige low backs in. I solved some of this puzzle myself already. Acoording to the parts manual low back jeep seats with the cj embossing were available till 1984.

In 1980 the beige color was called Desert Beige, Linen vinyl. Trim code was
6CE or 6DE

In 1981 and 1983 the beige color was just beige and the Trim code was 6BA

In 1984 the trim code was still 6BA but the color was almond

So i start to believe that the right seat and all the other interior the jeep had when i bought it are 1980 desert beige. This was also the color the original front split bench had.

The left seat i bought as an replacment seems to be an almond 1984 then.

Also the sales brochures and paint chips look that way

Can somebody confirm?



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