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Old 05-15-2008, 07:17 AM
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Seats for a 1947 Chevy Coupe

I am hotrodding a 47 Chevy Coupe and the only seat I have is the upper portion of the back seat. I went to the junkyard and I could not find a front bench seat for a 2 door that was the correct width. I looked at Glide and ISS seating but they start about $700.00 that is more than I want to spend.

The front seat needs to be about 50" wide and be able to tilt forward to gain access to the back seat.

The bottom of the back seat will probably have to be made, how is the best way to do that? The floor is almost flat so I assume a piece of 3/4" plywood would be a good bottom but how do I get the additional 6-8" needed for the correct height, would foam be ok or do I need to build up a small platform to get the height?
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originally, the rear seats sat on the floor, used springs and padding about 6-8" thick and that is what the seat bottom is. I don't know of any seat that narrow but you could always section a seat with the proper mechanisms to fit your car
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Check out some seats from the small pickups..those will lay forward to allow access to the rear..Some of those have a rear jump seat that might work for you..

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originally, the rear seats sat on the floor, used springs and padding about 6-8" thick and that is what the seat bottom is. I don't know of any seat that narrow but you could always section a seat with the proper mechanisms to fit your car
Actually, the rear seat bottom sits on a base about 4 or 5" tall which is attached to the floor. The seat bottom slides in under the bottom of the rear seat back and then sits on the base. You can see part of the base in the pictures.
These are seats in a '48 5 window coupe. I think '41 through '48 bodies ( minus the war years) are all the same except for their grilles.

If you want to replace the rear seat, you need to build a solid base for it. You can build a base out of plywood, or weld one together using 1" square tubing. Any rear seat that is reasonably close in size can then be modified to fit on top of the base, or you can cut a frame out of 3/4" plywood and build it up with foam. If you go the foam route, after you cut the 3/4" plywood to fit, cut square areas out of the plywood (leave it solid from front to back in the middle) and staple elastic webbing over the holes in a criss-cross pattern. This make it weigh less, and lets the foam over it give more in the places people will sit. The wood frame only needs to be 3" wide around its perimeter. If you buy a seat from the salvage yard, get the seat first, so you know how high to make the new base.
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Actually, the rear seat bottom sits on a base about 4 or 5" tall which is attached to the floor. The seat bottom slides in under the bottom of the rear seat back and then sits on the base. You can see part of the base in the pictures.
These are seats in a '48 5 window coupe. I think '41 through '48 bodies ( minus the war years) are all the same except for their grilles.

If you want to replace the rear seat, you can build a base out of plywood, or weld one together using 1" square tubing. Any rear seat that is reasonably close in size can then be modified to fit on top of the base. Get the rear seat from a salvage yard first, so you know how high to make the base.
hmm, I thought they were just like my '51 Chevy's rear seat which is exactly how I described, guess it's a little diffrent
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Here is a picture of the base with the seat out. Your seats do indeed sit on the floor, but these are not like that, as you can see.
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Here is a picture of the base with the seat out. Your seats do indeed sit on the floor, but these are not like that, as you can see.
Not to hijack the thread but, how can I fix the seat mount hooks on my seat bottom? someone snapped them off of my car and I havn't found a fix for them yet.
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Here is a picture of the base with the seat out. Your seats do indeed sit on the floor, but these are not like that, as you can see.
Yes my floor is just like that. The first 47 I had did not have the front section and braces on the bottom, the complete seat set on the floor.
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Yes my floor is just like that. The first 47 I had did not have the front section and braces on the bottom, the complete seat set on the floor.
Probably a mid season change sometime between '47 and '48.
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Not to hijack the thread but, how can I fix the seat mount hooks on my seat bottom? someone snapped them off of my car and I havn't found a fix for them yet.
Can you take some pictures of what's broken?
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Can you take some pictures of what's broken?
sure, I'll have them tomorrow.
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