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Username Post: 1963 Impala Legroom/Headroom        (Topic#350546)
msp177 
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04-09-18 05:57 AM - Post#2730441    

Anyone know how to create more legroom/headroom
1963 Impala? The bucket seats are like small sofas and with the seat all the way back it feels cramped...steering wheel is awfully close to the bucket seat as well.

Any solutions, ideas, or thoughts out there?



 
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pvs409 
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04-09-18 08:45 AM - Post#2730453    
    In response to msp177

here is a option that my friend did in his factory 63 SS Hardtop (with studs for the seat brackets on the floor).

The plates in the picture are 3 inches long and 1 1/4 inches wide. The holes in them are the same size as the slotted holes in the bucket seat brackets. The screws holding them on have tapered heads so they hold in place & they are installed vertically so they fit flush with the floor pan/brackets.

Paul


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turbo38s10 
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04-09-18 10:29 AM - Post#2730460    
    In response to pvs409

smaller steering wheel, 1" smaller makes a huge difference



 
55Brodie 
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04-09-18 11:31 AM - Post#2730469    
    In response to pvs409

You can gain 1 inch more leg room by opening up the forward most seat track holes to 3/8" and using them to attach to the floor.



 
msp177 
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04-10-18 03:53 AM - Post#2730533    
    In response to pvs409

So, it looks like the bracket extenders would use one hole instead of 2 on the outer bracket, correct?



 
msp177 
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04-10-18 03:55 AM - Post#2730534    
    In response to turbo38s10

Did that and now I need to modify the directional signal lever as its too close to the steering wheel and gets in the way. Anyone done this?



 
msp177 
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04-10-18 04:01 AM - Post#2730536    
    In response to 55Brodie

That's an interesting approach. There is no reason why you couldn't modify the seat position via the seat frame. That would likely be the best way to push the seat back further undetected. I suppose you would only be limited by the frame itself if you drilled new holes to push the seat back further. Likely you would need to make this adjustment for both driver and passenger buckets.

Do you happen to have any pics of this modification?

Thanks,
M



 
msp177 
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04-10-18 05:39 AM - Post#2730543    
    In response to msp177

55 Brodie, have you seen this? Did it make that much difference?



 
55Brodie 
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04-10-18 09:55 AM - Post#2730570    
    In response to msp177

Yes I did it on my 62 SS bucket seat tracks. The holes are aleady there, but are the wrong diameter. They need to be drilled to 3/8" diameter.
I'm 6'5" with a healthy gut and I have the 17" deep dish 59/60 Impala steering wheel. Everything clears fine after I bent the spaghetti floor shift handle about 10 degrees to the right for knee/thigh room.



 
msp177 
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04-10-18 10:19 AM - Post#2730574    
    In response to 55Brodie

Get that. I thought these cars were bigger. Not so, at a mere 6' 1" x-football player I hit my head on the roof rail when getting into the car. The Grant (smaller) steering wheel still feels like its in my lap but its probably better than a full size wheel.

I also had the bucket seats redone and they are like mini sofas and don't give very much so not only are you close to the windshield but you feel like your head is almost touching the headliner. I just don't recall my 56 Belair being like that but that was many moons ago.

All I can figure is the average person back in the day was shorter and had stumps... wife doesn't have an issue at 5' 5". Perhaps I give her the car and say have fun! Sure would be a sight to see her floor it and get sideways with 500 hp under the hood.

Perhaps I can take the driver seat back to the upholsterer and use a lower density foam so the seat would give more and sit down a bit.

Thoughts?





 
55Brodie 
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04-10-18 11:01 AM - Post#2730578    
    In response to msp177

The knots on my head have finally scabbed over and toughened up.
I dont recall these problems back in 69 when I had my first 62. Of course that was 100lbs ago and I was a lot more agile then.



Edited by 55Brodie on 04-10-18 11:02 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
msp177 
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04-10-18 11:17 AM - Post#2730581    
    In response to 55Brodie

I guess the older you get the more comfort you need. No problem with my X5...plenty of clearance.




 
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