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Bucket Seats for a 38 Chevy

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by lan240, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. lan240
    Joined: Aug 9, 2010
    Posts: 133

    1. 37-38 Chevys

    I am at the point that I need to find a set of bucket seats for my 38 Chevy sedan. What seats will work the best. I was going to hit the local wercking yard and wanted to see what everyone has used in there car.
  2. long island vic
    Joined: Feb 26, 2002
    Posts: 2,180

    long island vic

  3. vtx1800
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,136


    I used seats out of a Chevrolet Monza (late 70's) in my 38 Chevrolet Coupe back in the 80's, a friend reupholstered them, I thought they were extremely comfortable, but they may be a little hard to find now.
  4. lan240
    Joined: Aug 9, 2010
    Posts: 133

    1. 37-38 Chevys

    I have a set of fiero seats in it now and don't like the way they look.

  5. UnsettledParadox
    Joined: Apr 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,107


    my buddy had '69 camaro buckets in his '38 chevy coupe. they fit in ok but just didnt look right. he went and got a small bench with the cut out from an '89 or so ranger/isuzu truck and had it reupholstered. looks great, fits nicely and has a cut out for the shifter
  6. Lobucrod
    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
    Posts: 4,122

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    from Texas

    I had some 60's chevelle buckets in my 38 Coupe back in the 70's. Now I have an S-10 bench seat in it. I like the bench better.
  7. I use a Chev Luv bench in the coupe..
  8. historynw
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 806


    Some of the newer Chevy suv stuff works great if you need comfort and seatbelts. I have a set of Monte Carlo ones for my 47.
  9. Hellfish
    Joined: Jun 19, 2002
    Posts: 6,460


    I have 1 60s Econoline bucket you could buy, but you'd have to find another. They're simple and narrow
  10. lan240
    Joined: Aug 9, 2010
    Posts: 133

    1. 37-38 Chevys

    Does anyone have pictures of there bucket seats. I need to go this weekend and see what I can find.
  11.'s a pic of my Honda seats in my 37 Chev coupe during mock-up,...bought these probly 15 years ago at a swapmeet, they fit nice and are very comfortable,.. the headrest do remove easily also. 37-8 Chevs aren't real wide so you need to look for smaller cars for seats.

    If you want a bench,I think S-10 or Ranger seats mite work well too, or the 3rd seat from an earlier Astro Van, as they don't have headrests.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2010
  12. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,628


    Can I ask why you need to have buckets? I've never been fond of the headrest style bucket seat look in an old car or truck, they just look out of place unless you're doing an all-out modern build.

    A narrow bench upholstered in a period-looking pattern seems like the way to go. A friend of mine is pulling a '37 Chevy 2 door sedan out of the woods hopefully this weekend, it has individual front seats in it from the factory, those have the 1930's look to them.
  13. wkrman
    Joined: Dec 20, 2009
    Posts: 86


    I used seats from a early Mazda 626, the passanger seat automaticaly slides forward when you tilt the seatback making it easy getting in the back seat, and you can remove the headrests and still have plenty of back support.
  14. lan240
    Joined: Aug 9, 2010
    Posts: 133

    1. 37-38 Chevys

    I like the look of buckets better and currently have a hand brake mounted between the seats. The seats currently in the car do not have a removable head rest hance the reason for new seats.
  15. mj40's
    Joined: Dec 11, 2008
    Posts: 3,280


    I used the stock bench in my 38 but went with 99 Dodge Intrepid in my 40 Ford Coupe. They fit well and very comfortable and sure they would fit the 38 as well.
    The headrests will remove as well.

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  16. Kentuckian
    Joined: Nov 26, 2008
    Posts: 750


    Back when I had my 40 Chevy coupe, I went searching for seats to replace the wore out ones. I settled on late model Firebird buckets. They were of course too thin to be bolted direct on the floor. I found that front seat pedestals from a Chevy Astro van are the perfect height for mounting bucket seats.
  17. Buckster
    Joined: May 3, 2010
    Posts: 229


    I talked to an upholster, recently, who said he uses Firebird bucket seats. He said the driver's seat has a feature that allows it to move vertically. He said it mounts to a flat floor when the front tabs are reworked. He didn't mention what year had this feature.
  18. '63 Impala but they won't be easy to find.

    Some of the older fellas around here are kind of partial to Neon Seats. I don't like the high backs but they are pretty comfortable.
  19. wkrman
    Joined: Dec 20, 2009
    Posts: 86


    The Mazda is a bucket seat with about 4 inches between them and the back will lay down flat
  20. hot rust
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 688

    hot rust

    not sure of the year that he's speaking of but i used a pair of 98 firebird buckets and removed the headrests. super comfortable and to me are the right size for the interior. hope this helps, hot rust.
  21. DiabloMann
    Joined: Apr 7, 2001
    Posts: 201

    from colorado

    Early '60's T-Birds are cool, they have nice chrome too.
  22. badlefihand
    Joined: Apr 20, 2007
    Posts: 318


    Take a look at older Chrysler Sebring. Narrow enough and seat belts are in seats plus center console w/ E brake can be mod.
  23. 80's grand am seats always work for me...remove the headrests before using.
  24. Steve from PA
    Joined: Sep 1, 2006
    Posts: 28

    Steve from PA

    I have 85 Chrysler leBaron with the headrests removed in my 38 Sedan. Very comfortable.

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