Originally Posted by 97NAbonneville1
So, I want to face the seats... push them in, and then lift up? Doesn't sound too hard...
Ayup. Another strategy (which I've used in other cars but I don't think I've done in the Bonneville) is to pull the rear edge of the seat cushion out and up first. This requires some amount of squishing and bending the cushions in order to free up the back edge, and is easier on thinner, older seat cushions than newer or thicker ones, but sometimes it'* the only way to work around some tight-fitting or rusted front hooks.
It does _not_ go back in this way; you must reinstall the cushion back edge first, then press the cushion back and down in order to get the front hooks back in place.
It helps to have an assistant holding the seat belt buckles up against the seat back as you're trying to replant the cushion, so that you don't lose them under the seat.