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Username Post: Leg room        (Topic#358140)
Kicks on R66 
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09-21-19 07:31 AM - Post#2776048    

Hello to all,

So recently picked up a 68 C10 because I haven’t done anything fun or stupid since I bought a boat in 1994 and it was time, in fact way overdue.

Much to my surprise I don’t fit very well. I am 6’4” and 250 lbs, I can’t do much about my height but I do plan on shedding 30 lbs in the next year, I hope.

So I called a local restoration shop that advertised they were the best in town and asked him for some help, he suggested I buy something else that I would fit into.

So here I am asking real people for my real problem. I’ve tried searching the topic without success so I hope I’m not being redundant.

What have you all done to help remedy some of this? I’ve got a stock bench seat, steering column and the fuel tank has been relocated. Will buckets help...should the seat be lower? Should I try electric seats so I can change the angle of the seat? Will a tilt column help? Seems like all that would do is lower it towards my belly. How about removing the column shift and putting on the floor and adding an idiot tilt? I’ve seen some custom throttle and brake pedals/linkage...would that increase an inch or two?

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.




 


Mel Foye 
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09-21-19 10:32 PM - Post#2776101    
    In response to Kicks on R66

I might not be clear on the problem but from your heading my guess is your legs are bent at the knee and you would like them straighter. If so then the back of your butt is too close to the pedals so what can be done to increase the distance.
Since tank is not there is the seat back close to the cab's back sheet metal?
Can you live with less padding in seat back?



 
Kicks on R66 
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09-22-19 08:41 AM - Post#2776127    
    In response to Mel Foye

Yes, I am folded up. Steering wheel is too close to my body and the toes on my right foot are pointing straight up. Very uncomfortable driving position.

The seat is all the way back and yes the back of the seat is touching the back of cab.

I’m sure there are threads concerning this same issue with other years of trucks so if anyone runs into any please send my way. I’m just looking for ideas from others that have had the same problem.

I’ve read on other sites that maybe a seat out of a 88-98 would work better. Has anyone here done that?



 
bobb 
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09-22-19 09:38 AM - Post#2776137    
    In response to Kicks on R66

try bending your toes. jk. sounds like a pedal problem. hows your head space? sitting lower will help the toe problem a bit, should also help the wheel problem a bit. im thinking a different seat that has a thinner back.

70 L camino, grampa engine, g-force 5 spd, road rage suspension. Pray first before all else fails.


 
Mel Foye 
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09-22-19 11:38 AM - Post#2776152    
    In response to bobb

I think a measurement from the front of the back cushion to the cab will tell you if there is room to fix the problem.
I don't see a higher or lower seat working to help the too long of a body issue or a PC type of an answer which is the cab is too short.
What I did with my 30 chopped and raised floor coupe was no seat, sit on the floor and that was all the room I had to work with.



 
Kicks on R66 
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09-23-19 05:31 AM - Post#2776222    
    In response to Mel Foye

Thanks for the feedback. It seems this place is kinda dead.



 
Mel Foye 
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09-25-19 09:23 PM - Post#2776475    
    In response to Kicks on R66

  • Kicks on R66 Said:
Thanks for the feedback. It seems this place is kinda dead.


You gave it 48 hours. Are you aware over 80 people
took the time to read about your problem?



 
69_BOWTIE 
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09-27-19 06:17 AM - Post#2776566    
    In response to Mel Foye

The 88 up seats do give a tad more room but nothing major maybe an inch. A thin backed seat is the only option without severely modding the truck cab

2001 Silverado 4X4
2005 FXDWGI
69 CHEVY Short Step
63 IMPALA 2/DR HRDTOP 327


 
junkman104 
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10-03-19 05:02 PM - Post#2777035    
    In response to 69_BOWTIE

  • 69_BOWTIE Said:
The 88 up seats do give a tad more room but nothing major maybe an inch. A thin backed seat is the only option without severely modding the truck cab



Agree, I am the same size as you.



 
ChromeFinger 
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10-17-19 09:28 AM - Post#2778117    
    In response to junkman104

In my 67 C10, I would agree because I am 6'3". But they make "Drop Seat" brackets for the OEM bench seat. Relocate gas tank if still in the cab. Use a small steering wheel or get a tilt.

It is up to you what you want to do as far as time, money, factory or aftermarket stuff.
I buy metal or raid the scrap bin. Then fabricate what I want. I modified front 03 Tahoe buckets, placed in the cab on blocks and took measurements for my preference. I like it. But I also put power steering and rolled the steering wheel smaller.

As far as the seats, I sewed some leather during a complete re-do. It's up to you, but fixing the seat brackets on a bench is tricky, as there is little room over the center hump.
But some kits drop the bench seat down over an 1" or more. They just don't use all of the bolts and I don't like that. (Just the ones I saw on youtube)
Plus, if relocating, I suggest putting reinforcement under cab with nuts welded to them. I can't move toward the mailbox unless I have seat belts on. Just my habit after driving broken vehicles for decades and yours can have a 3 point attachment. Glass does not taste good...or so I am told.



Edited by ChromeFinger on 10-17-19 09:44 AM. Reason for edit: auto spell

 
69_BOWTIE 
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10-20-19 09:23 AM - Post#2778315    
    In response to ChromeFinger

If you lower seat you don't gain any leg room. Removing gas tank and smaller wheel and a tilt will give you a tad more leg room.

2001 Silverado 4X4
2005 FXDWGI
69 CHEVY Short Step
63 IMPALA 2/DR HRDTOP 327


 
Mel Foye 
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10-20-19 10:52 AM - Post#2778327    
    In response to 69_BOWTIE

Lots of good ideas but op joined 9-20, posted question on 9-21 and went missing on 9-23.
I did learn part of the big guy/gal in these trucks comes from when the design was set up. Seems the average American male was 5' 8" and 166 pounds back then.



 


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