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bench or buckets?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by spoole, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. spoole
    Joined: Mar 29, 2006
    Posts: 202

    from mesa AZ

    So what do you think should go in a Kustom? I'm at the point where I need to make a first I think buckets, because I'm giving the back seat the thunderbird treatment and the buckets would match...but it would be nice to have my honey squeeze up close?...
  2. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

  3. ponchopowered
    Joined: May 27, 2010
    Posts: 438


    i like a bench seat better my self
  4. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,114

    from California

    depends on the car and how it is built.

  5. Brandi
    Joined: Sep 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,041


    Bench. Unless it's a later style, then swivel buckets!
  6. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,727


    Depends, is your honey close to you're height. My wife is only 4'10" and if she drives, my legs are scrunched up. I'm for buckets but I've known my wife for 42 years.
  7. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 6,991

    Special Ed

    Yeah... no kidding. It just depends...:)
  8. chaos10meter
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 2,191

    from PA.

  9. Stevie Nash
    Joined: Oct 24, 2007
    Posts: 2,999

    Stevie Nash

    I prefer bench seats on a pre-60's car...
  10. how the hell are you supposed to get lucky with bucket seats?!:D

    i like bench because i sit wide and it gives me tons of space
  11. nvr2lo
    Joined: Sep 18, 2005
    Posts: 104


    Bench, I like my baby close to me.....
  12. Mike Rotch
    Joined: Jul 15, 2010
    Posts: 166

    Mike Rotch
    from Easley SC

    If you ever get ran-out of your place and have nowhere to go,... it's easier to fall asleep on a bench seat than buckets.
  13. Hot Rod Chris
    Joined: Mar 31, 2011
    Posts: 464

    Hot Rod Chris

    Hit the nail on the head in the first line... Bench
  14. Zeke
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
    Posts: 1,716


    They recline:eek::D which makes it much easier to have your honey sit in your lap at the drive in... Still have a bench in the back for other reindeer games.;)
  15. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,481

    Jalopy Joker

    so, seats for your '49? got a pic to post? if chopped and/or bagged need to go with Tbird buckets ('58-'63), if no heavy mods then go with bench.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2011
  16. spoole
    Joined: Mar 29, 2006
    Posts: 202

    from mesa AZ

    yea I'm down with bench...whats a good easy bench to go with (besides stock because I dont have one!) was thinking 60/40 style...I will post up some pics tonight hope you guys will did it.
  17. scrape53
    Joined: Sep 3, 2007
    Posts: 139

    from iowa

    if your putting the tbird rear in go with buckets.
  18. Kustom Kid 53
    Joined: Feb 9, 2011
    Posts: 188

    Kustom Kid 53

    I like to have a bench, just think they look better in old cars.
  19. big bad john
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 4,727

    big bad john

    ....Go with the bench if you can....just got done with my 37 ford coupe (OLD SCHOOL) had to go with buckets because I was too big (steering wheel hit my belly)...I save the bench....when I could lose fifty pounds I'll put it back in.....
  20. spoole
    Joined: Mar 29, 2006
    Posts: 202

    from mesa AZ

    a couple old pics of it when me and my little homie started the chop...

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  21. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,274

    Ned Ludd

    Me, I'd go for buckets because I like going around corners way too fast. However, I think the look of a bench suits a custom far better, so I'd be inclined to investigate some sort of shenanigans with foam densities that would make a bench hold one in place like a bucket when subjected to one's weight.
  22. barryvanhook
    Joined: Jun 17, 2011
    Posts: 625

    from Mesa, AZ

    This is a tough one that I'm dealing with right now. My 49 Fleet has a nice bench, just like the Lord provided. But the older I get, the tougher it is to sit for any length of time on a bench seat ... when sitting in the driver's position near the left edge, they just don't seem to give the same lateral support in the left hip as does a bucket. But buckets don't quite look right, IMHO, in a 49 fleet. What to do, what to do??!!

    but I did convert my truck to buckets
  23. Tripple G
    Joined: Oct 21, 2010
    Posts: 367

    Tripple G

    BENCH ..... it's important to keep your HONEY happy;)
  24. aaggie
    Joined: Nov 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,531


    I prefer the look of bench seats on older cars but just as I was finalizing the interior for my '40 Chevy sedan project I found two brand new black leather bucket seats from a new S class Mercedes that have ten way power adjustments and heat and A/C ducting. They fit like they were factory and are very comfortable. Now I have to come up with more money for the upholstery guy to match the leather for the back seat and trim.

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  25. northerndave
    Joined: Mar 18, 2008
    Posts: 354

    from Badger MN

    I vote bench for your car, definately.
  26. stick with the bench!
  27. chaos10meter
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 2,191

    from PA.

    Not the best photos but here's the bench seat,from an 80 Malibu, in my 49 Sled.
    Seat was white I dyed it

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  28. dirtydixon
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 296


  29. 60galaxieJJ
    Joined: Dec 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,525


    I agree
  30. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 15,372


    I agree, a wraparound Thunderbird back seat is going to look awkward with a straight back bench seat in front of it. If you're really worried about having a center passenger or sleeping on it, consider a set of 63-66 Chrysler bucket seats, they have a separate center section that is basically a fold-down armrest with a pad below it. When it's folded up, the whole thing basically forms a bench seat, when it's down, they're separate. They can adjust independently and the arm rest in the front will match the one in the back from the Thunderbird.

    Late model seats don't belong anywhere near a custom or a hot rod, I don't care what you cover them with. A chopped-top custom with a headrest would be about the worst thing you could ever do.

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