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Username Post: Blazer seat question        (Topic#172328)
John 
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10-15-07 06:55 PM - Post#1274837    

I bought a 79 2wd K5 from my cousin a few weeks back. The passenger seat has the lever on the side you push forward to tilt the seat up toward the dash for rear seat access. It doesn't tilt forward far enough, the top of the seat hits the headliner right at the windshield. They are high-back seats. I had an '83 K5 with high back seats and the passenger seat tilted up and out of the way.

Here's what little background I know of the truck and seats. My cousin has a large friend. The original passenger seat-back broke under stress. They went to the junk yard and found a Blazer with blue seats that matched so they unbolted the originals from the floor and did the same out of the donor. They swapped both front seats and it all bolted up. I was thinking it might be a seat base bracket issue, so I was waiting for my LMC catalog to see if it was a "year" issue. But they don't sell the seat brackets, so... Anyone an expert on Blazer seats that know what's going on?

Thanks!
1979 2wd K5 Blazer, 350/TH350
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Bad Bowtie 
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10-16-07 07:08 AM - Post#1275101    
    In response to John

Maybe the seat came from a suburban and not a blazer?
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Vaughn 
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10-16-07 11:18 AM - Post#1275251    
    In response to Bad Bowtie

It may just have been mounted too far forward. Look on the seat bracket at the base/floor, and where the seat bolts to the seat brace. There may be adjustment holes that will allow you to move the seat farther back on the frame.

Yes, it's possible they may have swapped the "wrong" bracket in.

The "large friend" may have also bent the seat frame or brace, so look for evidence of that.

 
John 
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10-16-07 02:30 PM - Post#1275386    
    In response to Vaughn

I don't think they're from a Suburban, seems like four doors would eliminate the need for a seat like that. But I know how Chevy likes to use common parts as much as possible (and I've never owned a Sub of that vintage) so I don't really know except to take my cousin's word that they snatched a perfectly matching good blue set of fronts out of another Blazer. I dunno...

Vaughn - I'll check that. I really hope it's something that simple. I'm not going to buy carpet or get the seats recovered until everything works like it should.

Thanks for the feedback! Bad Bowtie, you were thinking similar to myself. I was thinking he must have got them out of a van. But I called him back - they unbolted them out of a Blazer. I never thought of this until now, just because they were in a Blazer doesn't necessarily mean they were factory Blazer seats. Did any other 73-87 truck have a passenger front seat that hinged at the front to tilt up and out of the way for rear passenger access?

And I haven't even asked my back seat question yet...
1979 2wd K5 Blazer, 350/TH350
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10-16-07 05:03 PM - Post#1275496    
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Maybe a Dog Ramcharger, but I doubt they'd bolt up.
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John 
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10-16-07 05:26 PM - Post#1275513    
    In response to stinger74

  • stinger74 Said:
Maybe a Dog Ramcharger, but I doubt they'd bolt up.



They'd have to be Chevy, the color and stitching match the orginal rear seat.
1979 2wd K5 Blazer, 350/TH350
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10-18-07 03:04 AM - Post#1276435    
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John, I've got a seat mystery here as well. Quite a while back, I traded a guy for a set of buckets that are the style for the 88-94 trucks; came with the center console as well. The style of the seats and console match exactly with the others I've seen in these trucks.

Howeverrrrrr... when I put them in the '92, they were obviously taller! Brackets are the difference; wonder what in the world could they have come out of? The seat construction and material are an exact match for the buckets that came out of my '94 extended cab, and same in my '94 Suburban (except different color) but the brackets are different.

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10-18-07 09:04 AM - Post#1276657    
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Maybe an RV or other chassis conversion???
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John 
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10-18-07 03:18 PM - Post#1276948    
    In response to someotherguy

Did you swap the brackets?
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10-18-07 04:58 PM - Post#1277057    
    In response to John

I know that the drivers side seat is at a different angle than the pass.

I switched my seats because the drivers side was getting broken down.........to my surprise the seats are different......and it doesn't look right. I only switched the seats not seat frames, so the frames are factored out.. so there is a right and a left seat.....



 
someotherguy 
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10-19-07 06:36 AM - Post#1277446    
    In response to NC-vector

John: nope, didn't have anything to swap them with. One of the things stripped from the white '92 was the power driver's side of a 60/40 bench; I had found a manual 60/40 bench to replace it but didn't want to let it sell at a cheap price with such a nice seat. So I swapped in this pair of buckets I'd gotten in a trade. Another thing is that the seat was too far to the left, though there were an extra set of bolt holes in the seat to allow me to move the brackets sideways. Still, the left armrest gets hit by the door panel when you close the door. Weird. Wish I was still in contact with the guy I got them from, maybe he could tell me what they came out of.

NC-Vector: The seat was absolutely a driver's side, as it was power. The passenger side was manual. I have yet to see a factory power passenger seat in this particular seat type.

The seats I installed looked exactly like these, with exception of not having the lever to gain entry into the extended cab portion, and they had dual armrests instead of just the "inside" armrest:



The pic are the factory seats in my '94 extended cab; now you can see why I wasn't willing to let any nice seats leave in another truck. Currently I have a very nice 60/40 bench in there.

Richard
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Vaughn 
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10-19-07 12:36 PM - Post#1277745    
    In response to someotherguy

The nice thing about later seats with this kind of damage - the "unit construction" of the seat cover allows you to pull the seat cover off another seat entirely and switch it to another seat. The seat foam is easy to replace also. Upholstery shops don't bother with switching foam anymore, they just glue high density foam to the worn spot, then cut it to a rough shape with one of those powered kitchen breadknife gadgets.

That same seat was used across the entire Chevy line that year with small variations (had a set in a Cavalier exactly like that, and it was a 94 - so maybe the seats you have came from a Cavalier), and the most common color was gray - so another seat bottom ought to be easy to find. The dual armrests usually seem to come in the larger vehicles like trucks and vans.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that the damage in the picture is easy to repair, if you want to continue to use it.



 
someotherguy 
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10-19-07 12:46 PM - Post#1277753    
    In response to Vaughn

Thanks Vaughn; in fact I set them aside as I didn't want to let the original seats for my truck go, either. I got a quote from one upholstery shop of $700 (!) to re-do both front buckets in factory style fabric. Even with this price, he said that the indented areas near the top of the seat back, and front of the seat bottom, may not come out as uniformly as original since they're glued or fused somehow to the foam. That has me a little leery of laying out that kind of money for the re-do, if they're not going to come out at least *close* to perfect.

For now, I'm happy with the 60/40 as it's the correct style and color, and is in excellent shape - almost looks like new. I really lucked out on that find.

Richard
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John 
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10-19-07 01:15 PM - Post#1277789    
    In response to NC-vector

  • NC-vector Said:
I know that the drivers side seat is at a different angle than the pass.

I switched my seats because the drivers side was getting broken down.........to my surprise the seats are different......and it doesn't look right. I only switched the seats not seat frames, so the frames are factored out.. so there is a right and a left seat.....





Yeah, I don't doubt that one bit. The one K5 I've had that was bought new was an 83. It was a Silverado and had REALLY tall high-back seats. The passenger side seat still had no problem folding all the way up and touching the dash, though. But one thing I noticed from the get go was - as the seats sat in the cab as delivered - the passenger seat was at least two inches taller. It may have been the bracket making it sit higher but it looked odd.
1979 2wd K5 Blazer, 350/TH350
1985 4x4 M1009 K5 Blazer, 6.2/TH400


 
John 
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10-19-07 01:29 PM - Post#1277800    
    In response to someotherguy

  • someotherguy Said:
John, I've got a seat mystery here as well. Quite a while back, I traded a guy for a set of buckets that are the style for the 88-94 trucks; came with the center console as well. The style of the seats and console match exactly with the others I've seen in these trucks.

Howeverrrrrr... when I put them in the '92, they were obviously taller! Brackets are the difference; wonder what in the world could they have come out of? The seat construction and material are an exact match for the buckets that came out of my '94 extended cab, and same in my '94 Suburban (except different color) but the brackets are different.

Richard



I've got a friend with a 96 Silverado 2wd sporty shorty step side, but it had a bench seat in it somehow. He found a 60/40 in great shape in Moultrie, GA at the swap meet. It didn't bolt up right. This goes way back when Trucknut was mod and he remembered swapping seats once and having to turn the brackets around or something odd like that to make it work like factory. My friend made it fit his own way. It's a little off, but not anything you can't get used to.

I guess the point is you can buy seats from your bodystyle but it doesn't mean they'll fit right even if they bolt up.

I don't know what to do about the Blazer. I want the interior correct and I haven't found the source yet on this issue. It's keeping me from dropping it off at the upholstery shop, but it wouldn't be a project if there weren't hurdles.
1979 2wd K5 Blazer, 350/TH350
1985 4x4 M1009 K5 Blazer, 6.2/TH400


 
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