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Technical Bench seat options for a 53-55 F100

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by MaineRodder, Apr 29, 2019.

  1. MaineRodder
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    I could use some advice from the guys who have done it before...What late-model bench seats fit well in a '53-55 Ford pickup? Of course I'd love to have an original, but I'm having a hard time finding one, then there is the cost of the frame, foam, cover, and probably shipping. I tried searching for similar threads, and in one about F1's I saw a couple guys mentioned they were happy with '96 Silverado seats and '88 Chevy pickup seats in their F100's. What others would fit well? The simpler the seat the better - I'd prefer no armrests or headrests.

    Thanks

    -Jamie
     
  2. AngleDrive
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    Put a 66 El Camino seat in a Hobby members 54 F100. Gave enough room on sides for retractable shoulder belts.
     
  3. Jim Bouchard
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    The 88-95 Chevy Silverado seats are a simple swap. Basically drill the 4 mounting holes. The Chevy seat riser is good on the F100 too.

    The seats headrests pull out easily, leaving two small round registers per side.

    However, In my opinion, when you sit in the seat “well” in the proper place to be centered on the steering wheel in the Chevy, you are not centered on the wheel in the F100.

    That drives me crazy!!!!
     
  4. I'm putting an 87-91 Ford F-150 bench in my 54 F100. It's about 6 inches wider than the stock seat, so it fills the factory gaps between the doors and and the seat. I wanted the wider seat because I want to be able to fit three adults on occasion. Plus it cost me $6 at my local pick and pull.
     
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  5. scrap metal 48
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    I'd keep looking for an original.. So many put newer seats in I'd think it would be fairly easy to find an original that somebody wants rid of...
     
  6. okiedokie
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    I agree with Jim although after several years I have adjusted to the lack of being centered in the seat.
     
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  7. Back in 1978 I put a 1975 F-100 seat in my 55 F-100. As I remember it was a direct bolt in and just a touch wider and about 2" lower in the Cab. Problem with finding one of them now is that it will probably need to be reupholstered also. Funny, the 53 F-100 I'm building today has the stock seat in it and I lowered it on the stock glides 2". I must have really liked that old 55.
     
  8. I have 3 OE ones. All need work. If you can figure out how to get one from MT to ME it's yours.
    I'm not interested in trying to ship one though...
     
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  9. MaineRodder
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    I appreciate the offer, but I'm much too far away. I also respect that you wouldn't want to ship it because something that big is a pain in the butt to handle and ship.
     
  10. MaineRodder
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    Thank you all for your thoughts.

    -Jamie
     
  11. deucemac
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    I put a '69 Lincoln Mark III power seat in my '56 F100. I used 283 square tube as a spacer. It fit perfect and had about 5 inches gap on each side. Loved it.
     
  12. 32fenderless
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    If you go with the earlier of these truck say 88-91 the seat foam isn’t contoured like the later years and you won’t have that offset feeling. Also do not get the seat with the tweed type material that is glued to the sculpted foam like pleats. Your upholsterer will hate you for it.


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  13. Jim Bouchard
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    ^^^^i completely agree

    I’ve had my Upholstry shop level out the sculpting and the ones with the pleats are a bear. The low dollar/low option trucks are the best choice.
     
  14. You must have moved the gas tank out of the Cab or your less than 5' tall (maybe both). Those seats have a very thick seat back keeping you from moving the seat to a comfortable place.
     
  15. deathrowdave
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    my vote goes to OEM seat
     
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  16. deucemac
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    I am 5'10 and me, the tank, and the seat got along quite well. I wasn't sure when I started but all went well. I had to ditch the headrests because with the seat all the way back, they would rub on the window, otherwise, no problems.
     
  17. MaineRodder
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    Thanks all. It sounds like there are some options that have worked for you guys, but they all come with some compromise compared to the OEM seat. If you get any leads on an original seat for sale please keep me in mind.
     
  18. okiedokie
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    I had the original seat in my 53 at first but did not find it comfortable and replaced it with the 92 ( I think) Chevy seat. I like a firm seat as opposed to the original bouncy seats. Just personal preference, but that it mine.
     
  19. 32fenderless
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    Isn’t the gas tank on all 53-56 trucks under the cab between the chassis and door sill?


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  20. No, 53-55 is under the floor. 56 went inside the Cab. Fill tube also went to the Passenger side in 56. What was that all about?
     
  21. Zax
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  22. 32fenderless
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    I didn’t realize that 56 was different. No disrespect. Just assumed they were the same.


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  23. No problem 32fenderless. 56 had many one year only small changes. Until you are building one and go hunting for pieces most are unknown.
     
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  24. MaineRodder
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  25. Zax
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    No problem. Hope it works out for you.
     
  26. Roadoilers
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    I put a 56 Oldsmobile front bench
     

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