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Front seat for heavily chopped 50 Merc

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by dolsen37, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. dolsen37
    Joined: Mar 7, 2006
    Posts: 182

    from Nebraska

    O.K. I've done a search and sent P.M's to several "Merc Guys" but I need some ideas for a front seat for a heavily chopped 50 Merc. Car is chopped 6 inches and I need a "low profile" (seat bottom cushion as low to the floor as possible) split back bench seat that the seat backs fold forward to allow rear seat access. I've looked at the U-pick it places with no success. I'm thinking 60s GM????. Any ideas might help. Original seat sits too high and heavy mods to framework would be required to make it work.

    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 1,432

    from Ojai,Ca

    If you can go buckets, Camaro worked good in my 5 inch chopped 28 Ford Sedan.
  3. hiboy32
    Joined: Nov 7, 2001
    Posts: 2,781

    from Omaha, NE

    some pictures might help in your search
  4. Yep, probably buckets. Mines wacked 7" and I had to go buckets.
    Mind you if your only 5'4" you might be good to go..............

  5. stuart13
    Joined: Feb 21, 2012
    Posts: 65


    the stock bench in my 54 newyorker is fairly low and folds inward, maybe one of those would fit?
  6. hudson48
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 2,987


    I ended up changing to mid 60's buckets from Chev or Pontiac(can't remember) in the Hudson after being unhappy with the original Hudson bench seat.Far more comfortable.

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    Joined: Aug 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,222

    from Colorado

    Since you chopped the car so much you must have the ability to modify. Build your own low framework for the seat and get with a good upholster to custom fab your seat cushion. Conduit works great since it doesn't leave sharp edges. You most likely won't find a stock seat that is that low and if you do you will have to modify it so why not build a custom seat to fit your car.
  8. atomickustom
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,408


    Take a look at some 1980s GM bench seats. I believe any competent upholsterer can modify the seat portion to bring it down a bit, and you should be able to take an inch or two out of the metal track feet to drop it all down closer to the floor.
  9. SycoSteve
    Joined: Feb 12, 2011
    Posts: 296


    I picked up a 64 impala split bench for mine.I,m 6'3" and it gives me plenty of clearance. My chop isn't as extreme as yours I went 4 1/2 front and 5 1/2 rear but the sdat could be easily modified to get another inch.
  10. I'm working on that same issue with a Guy. No Buckets for us. I have a 57 Ford 2 door seat complete. it's 56" wide where the stock Merc is 59". With the glide unit under the seat it sit's 9" tall in front where the Merc is 12 1/2" tall. The Ford seat also slopes down as it gets to the seat backs, the Merc is fairly flat. I also believe with a little work I can install the Stock Merc seat backs for a nice O.E. look. Not if, but when I make this work we should gain about 5" of head room. With a little more work on the Glide unit we could gain another 3" if necessary.
    The Wizzard
  11. metalix_421
    Joined: Mar 24, 2010
    Posts: 890


    Another option I you go buckets would be Chevy cavalier seats with the headrests cut off they look descent With upholstery done and are easy to find
  12. banditomerc
    Joined: Dec 18, 2005
    Posts: 2,368


    When I built my last Merc,I simply re-engineered my seat to fit...if you can chop a Merc you can split the ATOM....well,maybe not.
  13. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 31,031


    early 80's Buick, Olds or Pontiac full size rear wheel drive two door.

    Some of the later 80's front wheel drive tudor seats might work too as you can still pull the head rests off and throw them away and have a level seat back.

    Another that should work great but would be hard as hell to find is late 60's early 70's Olds Toronado bench seat. I had one in my 48 and it looked and fit great.
  14. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,447

    51 mercules

  15. chaos10meter
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 2,191

    from PA.

    I'm chopped 6-1/2" and 4-1/2 and I used an 80 Chev Malibu bench in mine, made up my own brackets.
    It sits pretty low.
  16. UnIOnViLLEHauNT
    Joined: Jun 22, 2004
    Posts: 4,824


    I have used 1st gen Mustang. They are low low.
  17. 35mastr
    Joined: Oct 26, 2007
    Posts: 1,899

    from Norcal

    I have a set of Saturn Buckets with out the head rests in my Hudson. They are just right.
  18. dolsen37
    Joined: Mar 7, 2006
    Posts: 182

    from Nebraska

    Thanks for all of the advice I appreciate the feedback. Some very good options to check out.

  19. dolsen37
    Joined: Mar 7, 2006
    Posts: 182

    from Nebraska

    Thanks for the reply and this is what I think I'm looking for. I called on a 65 Impala seat the other day that might be the ticket.

  20. "T'RANTULA"
    Joined: Aug 6, 2011
    Posts: 662

    from Ohio

    I got short bucket seats outta a 96 crown vic in my 55 chevy. they are really short!!!
  21. desotot
    Joined: Jan 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,927


    I am using 64 riviera seats, unless you havbe a really long body you probably will only have to drop the seat 3" for a 6" chop after all mercs are 3 " to tall to begin with or we wouldn't all be wanting chopped mercs,,, right?
  22. Metaltwister
    Joined: Jul 10, 2007
    Posts: 891

    Member Emeritus

    Im in the process of building an original looking Split back frame for Skirv's ride right now. He wants the original looking end tins as well as the low profile seat bottom.


    I just finished up this frame a few weeks ago for a 5" sectioned shoebox.
    Skirv's will look very much like this one only with taller backs. Let me know if I can help in any way?

  23. mrconcdid
    Joined: Aug 31, 2010
    Posts: 1,157

    from Florida

    2 come to mind the 88-99 fullsize bench chevy truck, the frame is easily cut down and the 64-69 mustang they have a low back

  24. Sorry I too so long to take some measurements. Based on my research this is from a 1970 Impala or Biscayne:

  25. FEDER
    Joined: Jan 5, 2003
    Posts: 1,269


    x2 on the early Mustang
  26. dolsen37
    Joined: Mar 7, 2006
    Posts: 182

    from Nebraska

    Thanks Pro Stock John,

    For all of you that follow this thread in the future I bought and used Pro Stock Johns seat in the pictures above. I did have to cut the "runners" down but it looks and feels great. Hard to get into but the seat works and I can see straight out the windshield.

  27. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,614

    Rusty O'Toole

    I would be measuring seats in club cab type pickup trucks. They are about the only thing that has a folding bench seat anymore.

    My first choice would be the original Mercury seat, sectioned, but it must be long gone.
  28. I must have missed the bit where he said that HE chopped it :eek:
  29. xderelict
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
    Posts: 2,477

    Member Emeritus

    Home built by the OWNER.Home chopped by the OWNER. Home painted by the OWNER. Home upholstered by the OWNER. He home builds good enough to have had a car in the Rodders Journal, and you?

    Last edited: Mar 22, 2013
  30. R Pope
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
    Posts: 3,309

    R Pope

    My brother went old school, we found a '58 T-bird and grabbed the seats and console. That was the hot setup back in the day, getting a tad scarce now....

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