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Technical Bucket seats in a Model A Coupe

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by blazedogs, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. blazedogs
    Joined: Sep 22, 2014
    Posts: 386


    I think I just posted a tech question in the wrong section. 70 yrs old , not good with the computer, and am new with this website . Building a 1929 Ford model A coupe Would like to put (bucket seats) in the car but because of the small interior, am I out of luck ? Are there a pair of bucket seats that would fit without fabricating or buying custom made ? Gene in Minnesota
  2. You're not out of luck.
    Get some buckets out of something old and small; think sports cars like MGs, Triumphs and Austin Healeys....
    Or VW Beetles...
    Or domestics like Ford Falcons and Chevy Novas....
    Or even stock Model A Tudor seats.

    Whatever you do, don't settle for late model buckets with big hip bolsters and headrests. :eek:
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  3. Also think early Mustang/Cougar (yeah, hard to find these days). Another choice is '75-88 Jag XJS seats, these have headrests but they're removable; very compact seat and has adjustable backs, a plus for your purposes.
  4. aaggie
    Joined: Nov 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,529


    Worst case would be to have the upholstery guy make some custom seats. It isn't as hard as it sounds to cut down some seat frames and reweld them to the size you want and cut some new foam.
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  5. stude54ht
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 576

    from Spokane WA

    [​IMG]These are the rear seats from a 200? Camaro in my 26 roadster, just an idea.
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  6. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,944


    Another option is 3rd row seats from a Suburban, minivan, or S10 seats. Not buckets but they are cheap and may fit.
  7. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,628

    from Illinois
    1. 1940 Ford

    HHR bucket seats are narrow, about 19" and if you remove the headrest they no longer look modern at all.

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  8. Camaro Mike
    Joined: May 12, 2006
    Posts: 361

    Camaro Mike

    MG Buckets in my '29 roadster. All the stuff to rebuild a tired set is available from a place like Moss Motors.
  9. Reds 29
    Joined: Jan 16, 2006
    Posts: 435

    Reds 29

    I used the buckets out of a 2000 Chevy S-10 pick-up, we cut the headrests off, they are tight but fit and are comfortable.
  10. 63dan63
    Joined: Jan 10, 2008
    Posts: 395


    I started with '65 mustang buckets

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  11. gatz
    Joined: Jun 2, 2011
    Posts: 1,394


    Pontiac Sunbird conv. seats would work as they have integral shoulder harness or straps.
    (Grabbed this pic off the 'net; no dimensions were given)


    96-98 Chrysler Sebring conv seats, also have the integral shoulder harness.
    I bought a set of these for my '40 Chrysler coupe....yet to be installed.
    I have some documentation for adapting these into a narrow-body car.
    If you'd like to read it, "conversation" me and I'll send it via email

  12. If you can find an affordable pair, Austin Healey, or Austin Healey Sprite buckets are perfect for Model A's. I used them in my RPU in 1960, and later in a '28 Tudor in '72.
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  13. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 3,333

    from Colorado

    Quickest and cheapest answer is brand new Jeep Wrangler seats. Choice of color and materials. These are Bestop seats from Quadratec. Since replaced them with highjack seats DSC00011.JPG
  14. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,873

    Ned Ludd

    Try BMW E30 3-series. I don't know how they'll fit in an A, but they are one of a number of seat swaps that are done on Morris Minors. They're a chunkyish, luxurious-feeling seat and very comfortable, and the headrests pull right out for a passably period look.

    Here are cloth ones pulled off the 'net, but leather is also to be had:
  15. i used '70 ford econoline buckets in my 29 tudor. I used speedway seat risers to mount them. They fit real nice
  16. I put a set of '59 SAAB seats in my tudor. I know somthing like that will be hard to fine but I needed something older than 1960 and I was lucky enough to find them. I think they are 16" wide.
  17. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 5,700

    scrap metal 48

    I agree with "Crazy Steve".. Early Mustang seats are perfect and traditional...
  18. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,297

    dirty old man

    I've got Triumph TR7 seats in my '31 roadster, and they fit just right. Also came with seat tracks and release levers for the tracks so they are adjustable front to rear, and another lever to adjust rake of seat back, plus let them tilt forward to access the pockets on the back of resrt.
    Mustang seats are good, but have you priced any used Mustang stull lately??????
  19. trucker1
    Joined: Sep 6, 2011
    Posts: 67


    I put a 90s dodge center seat my friend helped narrow 10 inches and cut off the risers. You can make a hot wire foam cutter with a train transformer and nichrome wire to cut the foam and re-weld the frame.
  20. alphabet soup
    Joined: Jan 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,340

    alphabet soup

    I have a pair of early mustang seats. They are 21.5 wide at the widest part. If you have a big truck junk yard near you. Check out the buddy seat in some of the trucks. We used them in my friends Anglia. They were about 19.75 at the widest point. And pretty cheap. We paid $25.00 each. Gene.
  21. I had a set of fork lift seats recovered in my 46, I know its not an "A" but it was a tiny cab and they were small and comfy and fit well.
  22. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 25,941


    I saw these in a T sedan last Saturday. He said they were 70 something Capri as in Mercury Capri. With the headrests removed.

    Those were in this car
  23. chargin03
    Joined: Jan 8, 2013
    Posts: 378


    pt cruiser in my a sedan
  24. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 10,369


    My Coupe has Low Back Pro Car Seats and my last A-Sedan I used Mazda Miata seats, had the head rest stuff all removed and covered in white pleats.....plenty of extra room. If you need pictures, let me know.
  25. 70's Chevrolet vans have low back buckets with a vintage look. 18" wide, have adjuster tracks and probably easier to find than Austin Healy's, and cheaper than Mustang or GM low backs.

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