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Old 07-09-2007, 11:36 PM
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I want custom seats in my 46 chevy truck

I am Customizing a 46 Chevrolet pickup. I want to get rid of the bench seat and replace it with two bucket seats.

My question is, has any one done this before? And what kind of seats did you use?

The cab is not very wide so the seats will sit right next to each other.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Frank

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Old 07-10-2007, 08:14 AM
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Take a walk thru one of the U-Pull-it yards with your measuring tape and find something that will fit you and your truck. You'll want flat floor mounts so the mini-vans might be a good place to start.
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Old 07-10-2007, 08:26 PM
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Thanks, that's a big help. At least I have someplace to start.

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I tried buckets in my 39 (same cab) and didn't like them. I ended up going with a 2002 Chrysler Limited mini van seat. Not sure if it is a middle or back seat but it fit perfectly. It was also covered in tan leather so there was no need to recover. I just stumbled on to this seat, most have an ugly side that is next to the body but this had both sides finished up.
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I believe the Ford Aerostar seats will work. Flat mounts and there is no flip down arm rest on the door sides. There is on the inside but can be removed.
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That's the way -- measure the space you have and install what pleases you!

I want to do the same in my '54 Chevy pickup but I want low-back seats. I think I'll probably wind up modifying the seats I wind up getting but that's okay because I'll be recovering them anyway.
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I am Customizing a 46 Chevrolet pickup. I want to get rid of the bench seat and replace it with two bucket seats.

My question is, has any one done this before? And what kind of seats did you use?

The cab is not very wide so the seats will sit right next to each other.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Frank
Hi Frank
Im looking for seats for a 46, is your old bench for sale when you find some new seats?
Regards
Chris
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If you can spare the $$$ one of the best, most comfortable seats on the market is made by Teas. They also have some premo buckets.

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Old 11-11-2007, 07:54 PM
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I'm not a fan of the Teas Designs or Glide Engineering seats. Just strike me as more frail and wimpy than an OEM seat out of something.

I had a customer with a 1940 Chevy and he had a pair of buckets out of a newer Monte Carlo (somewhere around 2000 or so). I pulled the headrests and redid the covers to make them more low-back.

A LOT of street rods (trucks too) have done quite nicely with Pontiac Fiero buckets. I was just measuring a set I have that I'm going to redo and install in a customer's 32 Ford roadster. He also has a Ford Ranger pickup that he's wanting to swap out the stock seats for something else. Those seats have a very very narrow footprint for the tracks, which would probably help you in fitting them in an older vehicle.

I have a set of seats from a Chevy Astro van that are very very nice as far as fit. They are very bolstered and sit deep and comfortable. They sit up on the pedestal piece for being in a van, but that also means you could use just the seat part, and adapt about any track set that you want, depending on how your floorpan is shaped.

I agree with the others. Just wander through the junkyard with tape measure in hand. Look for what seems to be a nice, full bucket and see how they sit. I like the buckets that are in Chevy Corsica (they don't flip forward) and Chevy Berreta (they flip forward because they were in a two-door) autos. They are a basic seat, with nice bolstering, that gives you a nice canvas to make whatever you want. And they're cheap.

I don't know what everyone else pays, but I get seats from my local wrecking yard for $25 apiece. I know the owner so I can even get full electric setups for the same, including the door switches and wiring harnesses. He usually lets me take the back bench pieces for free.
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That was a good post, stitcher_guy ... I agree -- why spend $2000 when the wrecking yards are there? You can get some pretty sweet seats out of newer wrecks!
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