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Old 07-15-2013, 03:16 PM
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Best bench seat frame to work from

Hi all,

I am looking for some advice on what seat frame to use in my truck project. I have a '57 Chevy 3100 that I am rodding out and need to start thinking about my seat. I have a stock bench seat frame, but that leaves a lot to be desired. I plan to have the seat reupholstered to match the truck using my materials, so only the bones matter so to speak. I am looking for something very comfortable and sporty. I had thought about putting the seats out of a 90's 7 series BMW as they are ridiculously comfortable, but too big and buckets. The tank has been removed, so I have a little more space in the cab. Thanks for the advice!

John

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stock seat that is the way to go, chop it into buckets and make a nice console to fit.
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Thanks for the advice on chopping the stock seat. I will keep that in mind, but I was hoping to find a more sporty bench seat to start with so I didn't have to fabricate everything.

Not being a truck guy, I don't know who made sporty seats.

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It's not the frame of the seat that is sporty, it's how you want it to look that matters. Any frame can be made sporty and comfortable to sit on. This is the front seat out of a '53 Chevy before and after. The seat was stripped to the bare frame, re-padded, and upholstered in Ultraleather.
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That's nice looking work Dan!
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It's not the frame of the seat that is sporty, it's how you want it to look that matters. Any frame can be made sporty and comfortable to sit on. This is the front seat out of a '53 Chevy before and after. The seat was stripped to the bare frame, re-padded, and upholstered in Ultraleather.
Right, I think I have asked the question the wrong way.

I am hoping to find a bench seat that has bolstering, fold down arm rest(s), adjustments and other "sport" or comfort features built down to the frame level. As an example, I know that some bench seats had split fold backs. Some had arm rests, and even been told some very late model trucks have bench seats with lumbar adjustments!

So, rather than cutting into my frame to split the seat back, weld up mounts for arm rests and other such stuff, I would look for something with some of those features to start.



I found this one that came out of a '98 GMC extended cab, power, lumbar and fold down console. I could recover it to look sportier, and have some padding added around the seat to give it some bolstering. I just didn't know if one of the SS trucks, or Viper trucks had some cool seat worth looking for. I don't have much exposure to trucks, so I thought I would ask.
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You have the right idea about not cutting your frame up to do what you want, that's not a good idea nor is it easy to do. The seats out of most newer full sized trucks would not fit in your truck, those seats would be too wide side to side. Your best bet would be seats out of the smaller trucks, like the S-10, Ranger, and Dakota, or one of the smaller foreign made trucks. Measure your truck between the doors and go to the salvage yard with a tape measure. It still doesn't matter what the frame is, if there's not enough bolstering it can be added. Pretty much whatever you want can be added to make it look like anything you want.
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Dan,

This makes sense. I will start looking at the small truck forums for seats.

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