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Username Post: Replacing front seat with buckets        (Topic#348556)
nels1954 
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12-04-17 07:53 PM - Post#2716899    

Do not have a front seat for my '55 2 door sedan. I have been looking for a replacement. Hard to find so I'm looking for mid '60s GM buckets. Any advise will help.

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Edited by nels1954 on 12-05-17 08:52 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 

models916 
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12-05-17 07:20 AM - Post#2716935    
    In response to nels1954

60's Chevy buckets are expensive even used.
Cheaper to get new. They even have a headrest version.

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acardon 
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12-05-17 05:13 PM - Post#2716985    
    In response to models916

Look for Corvair seats. They are the same frame as Chevell/Nova seats and sometimes you can find a whole Corvair cheaper than Chevell seats.

Don
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Rick_L 
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12-05-17 09:16 PM - Post#2717013    
    In response to acardon

Aftermarket seats usually have their own problems, though I'm not familiar with the Procar seats.

One thing you need to keep in mind with any bucket seat in a 55-57 is that the floor in our cars is 1-1/4" lower where the original seat mount than it is at the transmission tunnel. To that end I put a 1-1/2" spacer/mount under the outer seat mounts of my Chrysler buckets and a 1/4" mount under the inner seat mount. Most any seat will need this.



 
GreatNorthWoods 
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12-06-17 06:30 AM - Post#2717040    
    In response to nels1954

IMHO, keep looking for a stock seat. I had buckets in my 53 when I bought it and it took me three years to locate the proper bench seat. Also, there may also be other two-door front seats that will fit. The first picture shows the bucket seats and the second shows the proper recovered bench seat. I like the bench seat much better.

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12-06-17 11:44 AM - Post#2717072    
    In response to GreatNorthWoods

  • GreatNorthWoods Said:
.....Also, there may also be other two-door front seats that will fit.....


Pontiac seats should fit for width, but not necessarily for mounting (Pontiacs in these years had underseat heaters). Besides, they may be even harder to find than Chevy seats.

Most bench seats from later full size cars will likely be too wide, so you might want to look at (and measure) A and X-body seats in salvage yards or wherever else you can find them.

Ray

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craig32 
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12-16-17 05:48 AM - Post#2718110    
    In response to nels1954

I used leather buckets out of a 2001 Grand Am, and as mentioned, you will have to make your own brackets. ALSO, reinforce any new mounts in the floor you make, and try to use the original mount locations on the outsides.
The seats I used have a removable headrest, as some don't care for the 'highback' look in a 55. I also just bought a 66 Impala with 70's highbacks in it, and I'm thinking maybe something different there.





 
nels1954 
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12-27-17 10:01 PM - Post#2719175    
    In response to GreatNorthWoods

I live in Meridian Idaho. I found a '55 bench seat in Seattle. Called my friend in the area. He bought the seat and hauled to his house. I am planning a road trip soon. Thanks for all your input.

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nels1954 
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12-29-17 02:53 PM - Post#2719356    
    In response to nels1954

Trying to figure out if the seat will fit in my vehicle to haul it home. I do not want to rent a trailer because the mountain pass road conditions. I believe the upright back supports are removeable.
thanks

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KaelFarmer 
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01-01-18 08:29 PM - Post#2719736    
    In response to nels1954

Do you have a greyhound via terminal near you? And is there one near your friend? They will ship large items at a reasonable cost, but the inconvenience is that you would need to pick up at terminal. I shipped a pair of fiberglass 55 front fenders for about $100 a few years ago. I also used them to send a pair of bucket seats to the east coast for about the same cost if I remember correctly

Kael



 

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