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Username Post: Seats        (Topic#364144)
AJ Pike 
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01-28-21 04:11 AM - Post#2813120    

I am trying to gather information on seats that are common replacements for 50’s and 60’s 2 dr Chevy passenger cars. My 59 bel air frames are more rust than metal and replacements are impossible to find at a reasonable price. I can work with buckets or benches. Need rear as well.



 


Jens 
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01-28-21 05:23 PM - Post#2813161    
    In response to AJ Pike

All 59-60 chevy full size 2 dr front bench seats will work. The rear seat backs are the same for 59-60 Chevy 2 and 4 door sedan models, but the rear seat bottoms are different.
Various bucket seats from the 60s & 70s will fit with some mounting bracket & floor modifications.



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Brushwolf 
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01-28-21 05:47 PM - Post#2813164    
    In response to AJ Pike

Well, it is your car... I have a 60 Impala 2 dr hardtop project and if I find my seat frames are beyond saving, I will take the remains of them and modify the seat frames from a 4 door to match.

I have done this before with a 57 Ford convertible that has similarly very difficult to find seats. If I pressed on the covers, the springs would literally crumble and fall apart inside. Even parts of the perimeter seat frame were very rusty in some places.

But, I had a 4 door parts car with good seat frames. The front seat bottom was exactly the same, except there is no hinge bracket in the middle. Those center hinge brackets are heavy metal to start with and may be salvageable to cut, clean and weld to a 4 door seat bottom. Or not complicated to make either... Just need a pattern, which your old seats can provide.

In the Ford convertible, between the folding front seat backs there is a unique frame shape. That section was ok, but the outside tubes by each door and across the top were not. I cut out just that inner unique tubular section of the convertible seat frames.

Then I cut up the 4 door seat back and welded the outer uprights and sections of the top frame on to the convertible seat frames center upright pieces that have the center hinge. The outside shape of the seat back frames was again exactly the same. Right down to the hinge.

The 4 door had an extra pin or bolt in the outside hinge that kept it from pivoting. Take that away, it pivots and the center bracket is just welded in place like the original.

The seat springs and lesser perimeter stiffeners (right under the upholstery) were also modified to match the convertible seat back exact shape. Solid hinged front seat frame achieved...

The back seat frames were basically the same in the middle of the seat, both upper and lowers. So, I just modified the ends of both upper and lower 4 door seat frames to match the narrower convertible shape and then welded the sandblasted middle rear mounting framework/bracketry from the convertible seat to the sedan shortened rear upright frame.

That is the same approach I will use with my Impala if I need to, cuz I want original-appearing interior. Since it is all covered by upholstery, even if I scrounge some of the pieces or hand make them, nobody will know after upholstery anyway.

Now if that is not really something you want to do and just want to put something in it quick, I would look at late 90's Suburban bucket seats. Very comfortable.

That is my trailer towing vehicle (1997). Have put 40k miles on it in just occasional hauling uses and it is still the most comfortable vehicle I own.

I have a 2007 Sport Trac Ford and my wife has a 2018 Chev. Neither one is nearly as comfortable as the Suburban seats. And the power seats are plentiful/cheap in most of the country. Not inordinately tall either.

Then have them covered in your favorite fabric/color/theme once the next Covid checks come out, if they don't match the remaining decor as well as you like...





 
Techhead 
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01-29-21 11:29 AM - Post#2813200    
    In response to Jens

Really depends on what you want to fit in there for seats.

When I bought my 58, it had a set of buckets from a mid 60's FORD Galaxie 500 buckets.

Those are long gone and I will be working on fabricating seat rails for a pair of 2000 Denali buckets, power everything and built in seat belts.

I'll be Frank, this hobby isn't getting any easier.
58 Delray in disaray


 
59fins 
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01-30-21 08:41 AM - Post#2813258    
    In response to Jens

  • Jens Said:
All 59-60 chevy full size 2 dr front bench seats will work. The rear seat backs are the same for 59-60 Chevy 2 and 4 door sedan models, but the rear seat bottoms are different.
Various bucket seats from the 60s & 70s will fit with some mounting bracket & floor modifications.





Jens,

Those seats don't look to comfortable...

Bill H.
67 SS




 
Jens 
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01-30-21 09:53 AM - Post#2813263    
    In response to 59fins

Don’t tell the kids that Bill.



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59cheviac 
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01-31-21 02:47 AM - Post#2813314    
    In response to Jens

Darn do I feel old now Jens. Seems like yesterday those kids were babies in your photos...




 
Jens 
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01-31-21 07:26 AM - Post#2813326    
    In response to 59cheviac

Boy ain’t that the truth Cheviac time sure flies.


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beagrizzly 
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02-01-21 12:11 PM - Post#2813413    
    In response to Jens

You can build a car faster than you can build a kid!!
Beautiful kids.
Here is my latest project. Great-grandson #3. This is in addition to great-granddaughter #2.

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59fins 
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02-02-21 12:56 PM - Post#2813478    
    In response to Jens

LOL, I think they may fallen through the other seat

Is that the 60 you had before? And are you re-doing it? The one I drove?

Or another one... wouldn’t put it past you .....

The sedan, not the delivery...

Bill H.
67 SS




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Jens 
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02-02-21 04:33 PM - Post#2813497    
    In response to 59fins

Griff congrats on GG #3 look at all that hair!
Hey Bill, the one above is a new build. I think the one you are referring to was this one.


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59fins 
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02-02-21 06:43 PM - Post#2813506    
    In response to Jens

AAAAAaaaaaaah Yes, they say your mind goes first whoever "they" are...
And after this last year it has gone

Well from here it looks the same, it is Looking very good as well Jens !

Bill H.
67 SS




 


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