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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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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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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.

<a href="http://www.Wiseguys-seats.com" target="_blank">www.Wiseguys-seats.com</a>
 

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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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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!

Don't you hate it when impulse kicks you in the butt? :p
 
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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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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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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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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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What kind of look are going for? Differant than stock, race styled, or nice smooth cornered comfortable leather seats? Wise Guys has some really nice seats modeled towards the smooth corners and ample padding of a comfortable seat. They are confortable and coming in a variety of fabrics and colors and they can come in frame and foam only so that a custom local shop can mold and sew fabric in a custom design. They are expensive but look the best in something of that era. I've never seen it but I would like to see some racing inspired seats and interior in a Model A. A rollbar, four points, Corbeau or the equivelant brand of seats and a good stereo system. Its a cool concept but wouldn't look good to have some modern road race inspired seats like Recaros in it unless the whole car was designed with that modern look. Better than stock- might try the SUV idea mentioned above, I've seen some Mustang guys with custom upholstered Honda, Toyota, or Nissan seats and they look good but not if the whole interior wasn't styled for them. Wise Guys seats would look best but they are pretty expensive and it all depends on how much cash you want to shell out. Expect to spend above $800 to 900 for a pair of Wise Guys seats.
Hey I just noticed that you live in Tulsa. I'm in "Big Brother" Oklahoma City here. Try Rennsport up there. They have the Corbeau seats and as I look at my catalog, I noticed some seats they have that might look good. Rennsport can order the seats if you don't have them and if you don't like them then they will keep them in the store and you won't have to pay for them. They should be able to find some custom brackets (3000 different styles from Corbeua) to fit the A and if not, you may be headed towards some modifying of your floor. Good Luck!

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Man, I didn't expect this many responses and the ideas are great. I'm making a hotrod 'driver' out of this coupe, so I don't care to spend big bucks for seats. I printed out this post and I'm heading for the salvage. There has to be something that will fit with all these suggestions.
Thanks guys...........
 

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Early Mustang, 1964 through 1968. If you can find a set, they have a low back with no headrests. Thay also used them in Broncos. Their so old they will need to be upholstered. They make do-it yourself kits for Mustangs.If you are on a really tight budget, get out the tape measure and hit your local junk yard.
 
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