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Old 07-06-2006, 07:14 AM
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Donor Car for Seats for a 29 Model A

I am about to do some junk yard searching for front seats for my 1929 Model A Ford project. I know I have limited space (22 inches wide is about all I can take) but I am looking for ideas about what cars/trucks I should check for donor seats. I have not yet decided if I would prefer tall or short seats so suggestions for either are appreciated. However, I would like the seats to fold forward so I can have access to the back.

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Old 07-06-2006, 10:55 AM
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You might check out the seats from a Miata. They are narrow but comfy. Not sure of the exact width but I know most aftermarket seats won't fit due to being a narrow area they have to fit. Good luck.
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Check into Fieros, Neons, Cavaliers, Cobalts, Fusions, Sunbirds, Integras, etc., etc... Any small to mid-size car will work with some mount fabrication.
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Check into Fieros, Neons, Cavaliers, Cobalts, Fusions, Sunbirds, Integras, etc., etc... Any small to mid-size car will work with some mount fabrication.
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Problem with most of those is they tend to be about 24" wide. The Fiero might be a good idea as it sits in a deeper well. Most of those will take an aftermarket seat, which also tend to be about 24" wide. That was why I thought the Miata seats would work. Really, without getting a tape measure out and check, it's hard to say 100% for sure.

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Old 07-06-2006, 11:30 AM
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I have room for two seats that is 22 inches wide each.

I have a Miata now and you are correct, those seats will fit but I think I am leaning more towards a seat with a short back (like an older Mustang). I had not thought about Fiero's, does anyone know if those seats can be folded forward?
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After reading your post I found myself at the body shop and seen a smashed up 2005 BMW that had some very nice factory seats in it, I did not have a tape measure on me but just by looking at them, they didn't look all that big. I have a 1931 Model A that I hope to use seats out of a 2000 and up Jag.

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Seats for a 29 Model A

The Fiero bucket seats work well in my Model A. They do fold and they are very comfortable. They also have small speakers in them but the quality of the speakers are not that good. I did remove the top part of the seats because I also liked the lower backs in a Model A.
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I used some out of a Volvo in my A model.
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Beware of Sunfire and Cavalire seats they are bonded and do not allow for easy retrims they can be done but there is alot of extra work hidden in them.

Just measured the Colbalt 21" shield to shield. Coupe seats have easy entry feature if you have a two door sedan. ION used same seat frame so width should be the same. Cobalts are very nice seats without headrest for A style. Simple design would allow for easy fab of rear seat.

Mounting can be extemely simple yet practical for removal if you are keeping the front battery box under floor and they can be placed very low with the head room restrictions of the A. The original spring seat had alot of crush in them and you will be surprised at how quickly you lose vertical space if your not careful

There are pics of a Cobalt set I just did in the my project journal.

I have patterns for them as well that we could set up a trade. Covers for parts since texas has a ton of 50 fords floating around that have parts I am looking for. Have a contact that may be able to come up with an extra set of seats too but the shipping may be alittle high to texas. But shop around an PM me if your still looking in the future I may be able to help.

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Those Cobalt seats look perfect, not too high, not too low. I am definately going to be looking for a Cobalt or Ion in a couple of the junk yerds near me.
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What about the middle bench seat from a dodge mini van.
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