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Technical Best replacement seat for 31 roadster

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by project starter, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. Looking for a seat for my 32 roadster. I have seen S10 or mini van seats used but I'm looking for the best fitting replacement seat. Does anyone have a good suggestion? Thank you in advance.

  2. i've used several Glide seats in 32's with great results..but very $$$$$

    i have a mid 90's Dodge minivan middle seat in my `30 coupe and very happy with it

    curious....31 or 32?
  3. Chappy444
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 1,234

    1. Maryland HAMBers

    Looks like Charlie has lots of options for sale in the classified section seat2.jpg
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  4. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,884

    dirty old man

    I've got a pair of Triumph TR-7 bucket seats in mine. Fir just right on a flat floor.

  5. dan31
    Joined: Jul 3, 2011
    Posts: 1,068


    May be best to just make one
  6. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 4,654

    sloppy jalopies

    IMO... in a roadster,
    I like a seat that tapers wider as it rises like the body does...
    upside down bus seat back but wider ?
  7. Mo rust
    Joined: Mar 11, 2012
    Posts: 535

    Mo rust

    I used a 99 caravan middle seat in my 31 roadster and I really like it. The back is short enough to be able to slide under the rear panel and get extra leg room. I've had guys 6' 5" sit in it and could drive it comfortably. At the furthest back setting, I can't quite reach the pedals at 6' 2".

  8. For a long time I ran a narrowed Pinto wagon rear seat in my 31 roadster, then replaced it with a Glide. Not sure that the Pinto wasn't more comfortable.
  9. Thanks for the replies. My car is a 31 roadster. I like the looks of that 99 caravan seat in Mo rust's car.
  10. 410merc
    Joined: Mar 31, 2014
    Posts: 69


    i'm 6-8 going to look for a 99 caravan seat , thanks for the tip buddy
  11. It is a little out style for a HAMB car and depends a lot on how often you intend to drive the car but for safety reasons I would look at some of the bucket seats that come in late model picks with built in seat belts and head rests. Just be sure to anchor them securely.

    Charlie Stephens
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2018
  12. Desk chairs from an office supply outfit. Just used the backs and bottoms attached to frames I fabricated from angle & strapping. Though I know purists will scoff, they fit like a glove and, at $100 per, certainly fit the budget. PS. This is in a '30 roadster.

    Glen M

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    Last edited: Mar 22, 2018
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  13. robracer1
    Joined: Aug 3, 2015
    Posts: 488


    my 32 roadster had a minivan seat at 6' 3" 235 pounds it was very uncomfortable, had no leg room and sat to high and no thigh support. Got a Glide seat and very happy with it and yes it was $$$$, I like the ease of installing it and the tilt back, I had large pockets installed on the back of the tilt for storage and I seat low with plenty leg room. DSC02729.JPG before I would put a mini seat in I would make one out of wood and have covered
  14. 3340
    Joined: Jun 4, 2010
    Posts: 577


  15. I'm also using the middle seat out of a Dodge mini van, and I like it. $25 plus tax at the local you pull our parts.
  16. 32Dan
    Joined: Nov 22, 2017
    Posts: 130

    from Chino, CA

    Like dan31 said, make your own. I made my frame for my ‘32, works great. And you get to have fun at the same time making something from nothing.

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  17. 41 C28
    Joined: Dec 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,772

    41 C28

    Built mine, some plywood, webbing, foam, and pleated vinyl. seat 10.jpg seat 9.jpg seat 8.jpg Seat done 11 30 05.jpg
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  18. Mo rust
    Joined: Mar 11, 2012
    Posts: 535

    Mo rust

    To mount my seat, I used a pair of $24.99 seat sliders from Speedway and made a couple pieces to extend them. I used the factory holes in the seat. I also found that some seats come with a drink holder that slides out from under the front.

    seatsliders.jpg seatnsliders.JPG
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2018
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  19. Mo rust
    Joined: Mar 11, 2012
    Posts: 535

    Mo rust

    Another nice thing about the caravan middle seat, you don't need tools to pull one out in the salvage yard. They clamp down with a lever to be easy to remove.
  20. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
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    sloppy jalopies

    Buddy got some neat bucket seats from a boat shop for his son's tudor, went back for a pair for him... he said they were cheap ?
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  22. free07110
    Joined: Apr 12, 2006
    Posts: 56


    Do you have any pics of your seat? Also have a glide frame and debating if I should use it or just have the trim shop make a custom one for me.

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  23. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 4,654

    sloppy jalopies

    I used a baby ranger pick up seat... the base is set up in 1" increments... I removed [6] 1" sections … cut and welded the frame... put a 6" reversed pleat down into the cover and tied the ends together with wire ties... reinstalled and ran it for a season....
    BUT... you sat on it not in it... you had to support your body with your arms on the wheel when turning sharply... just my $0.02 .

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