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73-87 Bench Seat Swap.

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I was wondering...will a bench seat from a '68 Impala fit in a 1973-87 C10 pickup? Also, will the dash from a '73 fit in a '81? I like the older look.
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'73-'87 Bench Seat Swap.

Oh yeah, And are all the Chevrolet pickup door panels from '73-'87 interchangable?
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Dash assy will not fit in an 81----in 81 the whole dashboard changed and is much flatter.

73-79 components are interchangeable either as pieces or an assy.
73+ gages will fit into the 81 gage pods.

73-77 door panels are interchangeable (or will fit)
(the inner door shells are very different than the later models)

78-87 door panels will work on the doors, there will be some trim differences.

81-87 used different vent window assy, but these assys will work in the earlier doors.

Dash pads will be 73-80
81-87

As for the seat----dunno, but my thought would be that it would sit too low and at too much of a reclined angle----hitting the back of the cab.
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Dash swap for 1981 C10

So basically, if I want to use a 73-80 style dash pad in my '81 C10, I need to get a '73-'80 bezel and I can keep my existing '81 gauges? I plan on eventually swapping out the box nose for the older style '73-'80 style front clip also. I appreciate all the great help!
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Order yourself a LMC truck catalog it has the year to part compatibility.http://www.lmctruck.com/truck_catalog_page.htm

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'80+ door panels will fit on the '79- trucks (or at least '77 - '79, I've got a '79 so that's what I'm familiar with) - but you'll need to change the door handle to the newer style as well (the older door handles have the 1" wide pulls, while the newer style is more like a 1/4" wide). I think I had to trim the foam spacer on the window crank (manual windows) as well, but that wasn't a big deal if so.
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The vent windows are different 73-80 and 81-91 (also 88-91 for Blazers, Suburbans, and Crew Cab pickups).

The inner door panels are 73-76, 77-80, and 81 up with minor differences through 1991, the doors themselves WILL interchange throughout the years.

The 73-80 front clip will bolt up to a later model without modifications, the newer stuff won't retrofit to an older cab without making the modifications for the rear hood hinge mounts, it isn't too hard to do, just make sure to seal and paint everything you cut- if you want it to last.

The Chevy and GMC stuff will interchange to a degree the older it is, the easier the parts swap out, towards 1991 the more measureing and checking you have to do to be sure even on trim.

The cabs are able to be swapped between 2 and 4 wheel drive back in the 70's VERY easily with the main difference being the center floor section being bolted in and easily changed, those older sections will also fit in later solid floor trucks with proper cutting and dressing of the sheet metal- been there done that a few times, the cabs are VERY DIFFERENT for the medium and heavy duty series trucks, but the front clips from MD & HD trucks can be swapped onto a light duty cab with enough time and patience, but that would look stupid on a light duty truck being nearly a foot wider and all.

If you remove the bolted in cross frames from the truck bench seats, then re-mount those in the cab, you can then mock up nearly any seats you want to those cross frames. I have done that in a few pickups over the years, twice mounting bucket seats to a bench seat frame, and filling the center with a console to carry all kinds of stuff conveniently.
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