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Old 05-15-2002, 06:02 AM
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Any one out there ever installed something other than stock (ugh !) seats in a Model A coupe ? The interior diminsions are pretty tight at 40" across from door to door, but there must be a set of buckets or maybe even a back seat from another car that will fit in there. I've searched through a couple of salvages and the closest thing I can find is Ford Escort seats, but they're a little long on the bottom cushion. HELP !!!

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Old 05-15-2002, 07:52 AM
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Mickey,
I went through that very issue for a T-Bucket some time back and wound up measuring a lot of cars and SUVs. I found that the 3/4 seats in the back of some later model SUVs were sized right. No garbage on 'em and the arm rests came off easily. Might look into that.
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Old 05-15-2002, 09:11 AM
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Thanks for the quick reply. Do you have any particular makes in mind ? Might save me a little time in the salvage if you do.
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Hey Mickey, you going for something cool and custom or just not stock? In any case check out a newer company called Wise Guys seats, they have pretty cool seats, a tad exspensive as a drop in pre aposlsterd deal butnot to bad if you do it yourself, I have one in my '34 truck and its mighty comfy. If your trying to go cheap and are looking for a nice fit try a 82-94 rear seat in a Gmc/chevy jimmy/blazer, I know the 93 4 door jimmy I had had a nice rear seat and it wasn't to big, not sure though.

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On my 30 modelA coupe, I first had a set of Volvo buckets seats in it but did not like them because of the tall head rests and my 4in. top chop. I took a school bus seat cut the legs down welded on some floor mounting flanges, Re-shaped the back, added some more foam to the seat cushion and covered with rolled and pleated naugahyde. Fit great, looks great. Every body asks ,where did you get the small bench seat.
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Old 05-17-2002, 12:58 AM
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Mickey, I just went back to their site and they added a specs section, so if your a decent welder just use their specs as a blueprint, make your own frame the way you want and either buy one of their foam kits or make your own, or get it apolsterd. If they would have had the spec section when I bought my seat, I wouldn't have spent the money!

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Old 05-17-2002, 06:11 AM
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Mickey,
I looked at one of those Amigo things from Izuzu and it had a small back seat. I'm sure that many of them have the same setup. This particular car had a small back seat since the spare tire stood up alongside it in the back.
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Old 05-18-2002, 07:28 PM
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I got the seat out of an old jeep at the junk yard for my Model A. The size was just right. Pulled off the old cover, added some padding, had that re-upholstered and it looks good. If you can't find a bench seat that will fit, you might try the bucket seat idea, where they don't come up so high in the back. Just a couple of ideas.
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I used seats from a Mercury Tracer(Ford Escort) perfect fit & very comfortable......Don( they were around 20" in width. Remember not to measure at the floor,but up about 15"-20" where the car is wider due to the door curving outword as it curves up)
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Mickey
i just put a set of mazda miata seats in my coupe, perfect fit easy to mount,they are not as high in the back as some and cheap at the junk yard!
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I used the low-back bucket seats from SCAT, and they work great.
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hey you guys, don't forget boat seats, back in the old days (late 40's, 50's,60's) we used alot of boat seats in hot rods. they're pretty cheap and comfortable, set em on the floor,or build a simple mount. sometimes the turntable mounts help you to get in and out if you use em.. i know cabela's and overtons and other marine supply houses have lots of different colors and styles..... good luck ! "baby huey"
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Don't forget Volkswagons, V-dubs are about the same size, they aren't eye pleasers stock but I've built a '70 and if you re-apolster them and add a bit of a design they aren't too shabby.
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did a coupe last year...if u want a bench seat that fits,rear seat from a dodge caravan fits perfectly...even has armrests that fold up!
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Hey, I got a couple of seats the guy said came from a 50's jeep, fit great so far. I also know a guy who used a school bus seat he cut down a little. Low buck, too.
Depends on how much comfort you expect out of a small body like that. :p
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