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Old 03-03-2011, 07:47 PM
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Should I swap in bucket seats in my 54 Chevy?

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Cliff notes in CAP LOCKS at the bottom for lazy people that don't want to read my rant...

Not that I am ready to do it yet, but I was talking with a shop today and the guy was encouraging me to install bucket seats.

My 1954 Chevy 210 has the factory bench seat in the front.

I am lowering the car with airbags front and rear. I am starting to investigate a 4 link rear suspension. The rear suspension mounting points require some hacking up of the rear floor pan under the rear seat and definitely the driveshaft tunnel.

Supposively the rear seat can be modified to fit with the mounting points of the 4 link, but I am doubtful...
The front bench seat would need to be slightly modified to allow for the driveshaft tunnel to fit (this was only told to me, I haven't seen this first hand yet).

So with all this cutting and modifying I was told that I could install some bucket seats in the front which would allow for the driveshaft tunnel modification and look "cool". One thing I really liked about this is, I could cut the floor to allow for the 2" raise that is stamped into the factory sheetmetal. Then mount the bucket seats to the floor, gaining me 2" of head room from the floor + additional inches depending on the seat (stock 54 seats are thick and very high off the floor).

MY QUESTION IS: What do you think about this path I am considering? too much hacking?

What bucket seats look best and can easily/cheaply be found? I will re-cover them to match the rest of my interior colors (yellow and white)?

Thanks for the advice in advance.

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What bucket seats look best and can easily/cheaply be found? I will re-cover them to match the rest of my interior colors (yellow and white)?
Thanks for the advice in advance.[/


Bucket seats from a Blazer or Tahoe should be easy to find at a salvage yard. Don't expect them to be had cheap though. Good luck with your ride.
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I was going to do a 50's model Chevy before I started my c-cab.. I was going to use four bucket seats with a wild console, in the one I was going to build... I like the new Chevy cavalier seats..They look a lot like Tea's seats..
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I was going to do a 50's model Chevy before I started my c-cab.. I was going to use four bucket seats with a wild console, in the one I was going to build... I like the new Chevy cavalier seats..They look a lot like Tea's seats..
Then mount the bucket seats to the floor, gaining me 2" of head room from the floor + additional inches depending on the seat (stock 54 seats are thick and very high off the floor).


I also seem to (vaugely) remember the seat in my '57 Chev 210 as being fairly tall. Would you be able to see over the dash in a Cavalier seat ? Just wondering.
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Would you be able to see over the dash in a Cavalier seat ? Just wondering.

I don't see why not... Unless your only 4'8...LOL Here's some cavalier seat's I had put in my willys.. Pay no mind to the dirty pics..
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I don't see why not... Unless your only 4'8...LOL Here's some cavalier seat's I had put in my willys.. Pay no mind to the dirty pics..
That looks nice !
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Guys,

Cliff notes in CAP LOCKS at the bottom for lazy people that don't want to read my rant...

Not that I am ready to do it yet, but I was talking with a shop today and the guy was encouraging me to install bucket seats.

My 1954 Chevy 210 has the factory bench seat in the front.

I am lowering the car with airbags front and rear. I am starting to investigate a 4 link rear suspension. The rear suspension mounting points require some hacking up of the rear floor pan under the rear seat and definitely the driveshaft tunnel.

Supposively the rear seat can be modified to fit with the mounting points of the 4 link, but I am doubtful...
The front bench seat would need to be slightly modified to allow for the driveshaft tunnel to fit (this was only told to me, I haven't seen this first hand yet).

So with all this cutting and modifying I was told that I could install some bucket seats in the front which would allow for the driveshaft tunnel modification and look "cool". One thing I really liked about this is, I could cut the floor to allow for the 2" raise that is stamped into the factory sheetmetal. Then mount the bucket seats to the floor, gaining me 2" of head room from the floor + additional inches depending on the seat (stock 54 seats are thick and very high off the floor).

MY QUESTION IS: What do you think about this path I am considering? too much hacking?

What bucket seats look best and can easily/cheaply be found? I will re-cover them to match the rest of my interior colors (yellow and white)?

Thanks for the advice in advance.

The front seat for your car sits high enough off the floor that it shouldn't need any modification unless you go absolutely crazy with the size of the tunnel.
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The front seat for your car sits high enough off the floor that it shouldn't need any modification unless you go absolutely crazy with the size of the tunnel.
Dan,
So what you are implying with this statement is, I can raise the tunnel to accomodate the new lowered stance and not have to worry about modifying the stock front seat?

That's kind of what I was thinking, but the guy i talked to owns a shop that works on these cars all day long, so I thought he knew more than me.
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There is plenty of room under the seat for your tunnel. The '53 and '54 Chevies were almost identical. Here is a picture of a '53 Chevy front seat out of the car. This was a 150, but the 210 used the same seats with different fabric packages. As you can see, there is about 4" of space under the seat.

The rear seat is another matter, it has a cut out in the middle to accomodate the tunnel. That seat frame will need to be changed, but it's a pretty simple fix. Here is a picture of the bare frame and the covered frame of the rear seat.
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