9C1 to 9C3 Conversion - who has done one?

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9C1 to 9C3 Conversion - who has done one?

Post by 2014ltdltz » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:30 am

[I am new to this forum and will apologize if there are existing threads on this topic. If there are, kindly reply with links.]
Anyone out there done the full-on interior conversion /upgrade of a floor shift 9C1 to 9C3 spec? Not asking about retrofit of G8 parts, since there can be some fiddly differences (e.g., trim colors, electrical connectors can be different, etc.). Looking for direct bolt-in experience.

How difficult/lengthy a process is it to put in a 9C3 console with ducts, etc? Any solutions for the power window switch location/hole?

How difficult to source parts? (excluding new from GM) Any wrecking yards to recommend?

Where do you get a new carpet kit? (Seems like none of the aftermarket carpet companies make for the long wheel base M body)

Does anyone manufacture replacement/upgrade seat covers, preferably leather (not slip-on, real replacement covers)? (Like the carpet, seems like no one lists the Caprice as an option)

Thanks in advance for your input and for humoring a newbie to this forum.

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Re: 9C1 to 9C3 Conversion - who has done one?

Post by smwalker » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:40 pm

Have yet to see anyone move the window switch to the center. That would be a project on it's own.
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Re: 9C1 to 9C3 Conversion - who has done one?

Post by s/c'd cav » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:50 pm

ive posted part #'s for the carpet , and floor mats

seat covers would be custom , or finding G8 seats if you have the 11-13 , or SS for the 14-17

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Re: 9C1 to 9C3 Conversion - who has done one?

Post by 2014ltdltz » Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:14 pm

Are G8 seats a direct, no modification bolt-in install in a 2011-2013 Caprice PPV? Any issues with airbags, electrical connectors, etc.? I am assuming the rear are a simple install, but the fronts are a bit of a concern.

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Re: 9C1 to 9C3 Conversion - who has done one?

Post by s/c'd cav » Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:25 pm

i think you have to swap plugs or something , the info is here on this board some where

ive got a 14 , so i cant help much not having done it

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Re: 9C1 to 9C3 Conversion - who has done one?

Post by 2014ltdltz » Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:37 pm

In the interest of wanting to not mess with changing electrical connectors and having potential airbag issues, I'd be more inclined to re-cover the existing seats, hence the reason I asked if anyone has found a seat cover company (not referring to cheapo slip-on stuff).

How do I find the part #s for the carpet kit? I assume the poster above was referring to a GM part...

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Re: 9C1 to 9C3 Conversion - who has done one?

Post by s/c'd cav » Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:16 pm

2014ltdltz wrote:In the interest of wanting to not mess with changing electrical connectors and having potential airbag issues, I'd be more inclined to re-cover the existing seats, hence the reason I asked if anyone has found a seat cover company (not referring to cheapo slip-on stuff).

How do I find the part #s for the carpet kit? I assume the poster above was referring to a GM part...
https://www.newcaprice.com/forum/viewto ... 765#p17765" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: 9C1 to 9C3 Conversion - who has done one?

Post by kevink » Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:45 pm

2014ltdltz wrote:How do I find the part #s for the carpet kit? I assume the poster above was referring to a GM part...
The best way is to type this into google:

carpet site:www.newcaprice.com

The first hit is the thread.

http://www.google.com/search?client=fir ... 4-oswNj2xc
2011 9C3: 11.48 @118.

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Re: 9C1 to 9C3 Conversion - who has done one?

Post by smwalker » Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:40 pm

> In the interest of wanting to not mess with changing electrical
> connectors and having potential airbag issues, I'd be more
> inclined to re-cover the existing seats

One route you could take is getting some factory seat skins from Australia. A company down there has a pretty good selection of factory replacements. Link:

https://www.holmart.com.au/surplus-inte ... m-genuine/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

But the thing is with our US seats they made them for cops so the foams are a bit different in that they allow room for the utility belts of cops. SO if you guy a civilian car seat skin if may not fit right - but I think they sell foams also.
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Re: 9C1 to 9C3 Conversion - who has done one?

Post by CrashTestDummy » Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:47 pm

smwalker wrote:> In the interest of wanting to not mess with changing electrical
> connectors and having potential airbag issues, I'd be more
> inclined to re-cover the existing seats

One route you could take is getting some factory seat skins from Australia. A company down there has a pretty good selection of factory replacements. Link:

https://www.holmart.com.au/surplus-inte ... m-genuine/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

But the thing is with our US seats they made them for cops so the foams are a bit different in that they allow room for the utility belts of cops. SO if you guy a civilian car seat skin if may not fit right - but I think they sell foams also.
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