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what year seats had chrome hinges up the sides of the seat?


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Was '73 was the first year of black hinges, and chrome hinges stock from 69-72?  Prior to that, they had early style chrome hinges that did not go all the way up the side of the seat.  Is this correct?  I'm looking for a set of chrome hinges for my '69 1600 cabriolet.  It has black ones and I think that's incorrect.

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The chageover was sometime during the 1972 model year.  I've seen early 72s with chrome hinges, and later-in-the-year production with black.  

 

I suspect that the changeover occurred over a period of time, as the factory ran out of chrome hinged seats in various colors, they started installing black painted ones until all color interiors had black hinges.   

 

I believe the changeover was one of BMW's cost-cutting moves, as this was the time when the mark was jumping in value vs the dollar, and BMW was worried about pricing itself out of the US market.  The 2002 that cost a bit over $3k in 1968 was close to $4k by 1973, and over $6k by the end of production in 1976.

 

mike

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11 hours ago, Mikepelly said:

Was '73 was the first year of black hinges, and chrome hinges stock from 69-72?  Prior to that, they had early style chrome hinges that did not go all the way up the side of the seat.  Is this correct?  I'm looking for a set of chrome hinges for my '69 1600 cabriolet.  It has black ones and I think that's incorrect.

Let me see if I can be of some assistance with your hinge request.  I may still have the upper seats (seat backs only) removed from my 69 2002.

 

edited. Sent you some pics via FB messenger.

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Riviera 69 2002 built 5/30/69 "Oscar"

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14 hours ago, jgerock said:

Let me see if I can be of some assistance with your hinge request.  I may still have the upper seats (seat backs only) removed from my 69 2002.

 

edited. Sent you some pics via FB messenger.

That would be great, thanks.  I'm in the process of stripping mine down to be rechromed, and it's a bigger job than expected to disassemble all the springs and latches.  That's why I'm looking for a set that doesn't need to be rechromed.

 

'73 2002tii Colorado

'71 1600 cabriolet

'69 1600 cabriolet

I sell floor pans for coupes and 2002's

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10 hours ago, Mikepelly said:

That would be great, thanks.  I'm in the process of stripping mine down to be rechromed, and it's a bigger job than expected to disassemble all the springs and latches.  That's why I'm looking for a set that doesn't need to be rechromed.

 

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Riviera 69 2002 built 5/30/69 "Oscar"

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Corresponding with Mike.  We are both wondering if the cabriolet seats (specifically the hinges) are the same as the 2002 sedan ones (both are 1969).  The inboard hinges on my sedan seats are partially covered at the seat back, but evidently Mike’s cabriolet inboard hinges are fully exposed.  Perhaps the cabriolet seats are narrower than the sedan’s?

 

 

 

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Jim- I'll provide measurements of my set for comparison.  Let's verify that all the connecting points match.  The outboard ones look identical, the inboards are covered so it's hard to tell.  If the width differs I can use the connecting rod from mine.

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A huge thank you to jgerock for sending me chrome hinges in excellent shape for the cost of shipping!  He's one of the reasons this forum is so great and I will pay it forward when I can help someone else!

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'73 2002tii Colorado

'71 1600 cabriolet

'69 1600 cabriolet

I sell floor pans for coupes and 2002's

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the early style chrome hinges that are covered by the vinyl are the same as the later style ones that are fully exposed.

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'73 2002tii Colorado

'71 1600 cabriolet

'69 1600 cabriolet

I sell floor pans for coupes and 2002's

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7 hours ago, Mikepelly said:

A huge thank you to jgerock for sending me chrome hinges in excellent shape for the cost of shipping!  He's one of the reasons this forum is so great and I will pay it forward when I can help someone else!

Mike- glad to help out a fellow 02 owner.  The seat backs were sitting in my garage and I was recently trying to figure out what to do with them.  
 

Looking forward to seeing more progress on your car!
 

Jim

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Riviera 69 2002 built 5/30/69 "Oscar"

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Mike: My '72 Targa (Sept 72 build) has black hinges.  You probably know that the Baur seat bottom cushions sit about 2 inches lower than the sedan seats to accommodate the lower roofline on the Targas.  Not certain if that's the same on the full cabrios.

 

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