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Old 07-11-2007, 08:16 PM
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i want to ditch the bench seat in my 81 bonneville for 2 buckets...

any one ever done that . . or would know of any after market seats that would work . . .what kind of car could i take seats from that would fit??.... please help

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This is a common, and recurring question, and we need to set the record straight. Car seats are not exact fits for only the cars they come in. Car seats are stock and standard widths and heights except for the following variations. A larger, wider car probably has bigger, wider seats in it. A smaller car probably has smaller, narrower seats in it. A medium size car with a medium size width probably has medium size seats in it. The only difference in like sized cars is that the mounting brackets have been changed to make the seat sit correctly in the car. Think about this:........Cars are mass produced. The seat frame in a car does not change much from model year to model year, except to change the fabric, the style, or the color of the fabric, just like living room furniture.

The only thing you need to concern yourself with in deciding what seats to put in your car (truck) are: 1) Do I like the look of the seat? 2) Will the seat fit in my car? 3) How do I modify the mounting brackets, or create mounting brackets, so that the seat sits up high enough to give me the proper sight line to see while I'm driving?
How do you do that? Go to a salvage yard with a tape measure and measure the seats in several different vehicles side to side and front to rear to see if it will fit in the vehicle you want to put it in. If you like the style of the seat, and you like the color of the seat, and the seat will fit in your vehicle, you have found your seat. The only thing left is to modify the mounting brackets so you can see out of the windshield while you're driving.
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Well put Dantwolakes. I didnt do the measuring thing but luckily it worked out for me i put seats from a 92 prelude in my 77 nova. It took some cutting and welding to make the brackets but they are so comfy. The best thing about hot rodding is you can do what ever your imagination allows you to do. There are no limits.
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Tinman: Those Honda and Toyota bucket seats are really nice. The bracket modification is a small price to pay to get great seats. Almost any salvage yard has those leather buckets at about $125 apiece. Do you have any pictures?
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No im afraid not but i could take some and learn how to post them here. My seats are cloth and i gave $100 for both seats. And they were inside at the yard almost like a show room type thing they had racks and racks of seats to choose from. I chose these for color and comfort i didnt want to get them reupolstered. My bracket issue was the floor isnt flat it had some contour so i basically made some mounts using flat bar to make a square tubing one piece at a time so i could get the contour right welded the top piece on with a nut welded on the bottom. And wekded the whole thing to the floor. The only other thing i had to do was bend the bracket in the front on the seat. I probably didnt have to but i did. Ill see what i can do in the week to come about getting some pictures.
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Sounds like you got a great deal. It's not hard to post pictures, but they need to be re-sized to be small enough to post. Check out the free picture software Picasa 2 available at the Google website. This software automatically organizes all the pictures on your computer and allows you to edit the pictures you download including re-sizing. http://picasa.google.com/
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not the exact same car, but i changed out the split bench in an 83 delta 88 one time for a set of swivel buckets that i was told were out a 70's monte carlo. the front bolt holes lined up perfectly however the back ones were in the wrong place.
I wish i had of taken some pictures of it but the seats fit the car perfectly
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