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Technical Model A roadster seat opinion?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by dsiddons, Apr 27, 2020.

  1. dsiddons
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    Picked up my Brookville roadster that I requested a flat floor due to that I had a old caravan seat I was may still will use. Although this stock frame and wood work is so beautiful I was asking to see what you all think about using what’s in there? Was a bit worried it would sit to high with a 3” chopped top? Can’t find many stock seat ideas anywhere. IMG_8519.JPG


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  2. town sedan
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    Not stock, but have you talked to @Metaltwister here on the HAMB? He makes some nice seats.
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  3. walter
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    I used the stock riser and cut a piece of 3/4 plywood for the base. Opened up two holes about the size of your butt and then used lawn chair webbing and laced over the holes. Had upholster build seat out of high density foam. I set low in the car and it is actually comfortable all things considered..
     
  4. GordonC
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    I have a Brookville 31 A roadster with a 2 chop in my windshield and with a Caravan seat bolted flat to the floor on cut down seat brackets being 6 feet tall I am staring right at the cross bar at the top of the windshield. Not sure how it would be with the stock A seat platform in there?
     
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  5. Stan Back
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    Is it possible that you could carry over the seat you already have and place it on the floor and test it. It may not be like all the other ones you've been looking at, but a real chance to be a rebel!
     
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  7. GordonC
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    dsiddons just noticed you and I joined the HAMB on the same day back in 2006 and we both have A roadsters! Pretty cool!;)
     
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  8. A Boner
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    Your concern is correct.....sitting too high is hard to avoid in a chopped model A!
     
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  9. continentaljohn
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    Being you have all the wood for the back and sides go with a original seat spring. The key is the seat riser and take a bit out to fit your needs. I chopped my windshield 3.5 inches and leaned the post back on my 1929 roadster. I took about 2.5 inches out of the riser and I fit good in it.
     
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  10. dsiddons
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    Send me a pic of you’re roadster


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  11. dsiddons
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    Yeah think I’ll take it out and get some low profile sliders for the caravan seat.


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  12. continentaljohn
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    I’m 6’3 260 and fit good and upholstery is from the 1960s but replacing it with brown leather pictured in the corner image.jpg
     
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  13. dsiddons
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    How’s the seat back? Is it a spring? Few more pics please. Thanks


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  14. raven
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    School bus seat...
    That’s traditional...
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  15. continentaljohn
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    It is original springs and covered with cotton batting and covered with vinyl or leather and very comfortable. In my 1931 roadster I had a Teas seat and was nice but didn’t look all that traditional when you had two cars side by side.. image.jpg
     
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  16. pitman
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    Lowered trad. seat would be my choice fer sure. Looks right, when upholstry is done.
     
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  17. barrnone50
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    This is a great thread a lot of good info.. Thanks.. lot of options..
     
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    How tall are you?
     
  20. dsiddons
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    5’9”


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  22. Automotive Stud
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    20161210_184206.jpg 20170712_000231.jpg 20170917_194124.jpg I made flat floors for my car. I had what was left of the original seat frame but it was pretty roached. I wound up cutting it to sit flat, basically to keep the bottom cushion from sliding forward. I also put slots in it where it bolts down so it can sort of be adjusted to slid forward and backward. I got my seat springs used, I think they are '28-29 roadster but I'm not 100% sure.
     
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  23. dsiddons
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    That’s nice. I like the back slides behind the bottom like that. Looks great!! Thanks for sharing


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  24. sloppy jalopies
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    Had a couple bus seats out at a beach that I had ROW to... kids graduated from local HS. tried to cut the seats with broken beer bottles... couldn't... so I ran one in my first hot rod, 1981...
    School bus yes, but cut the top and lower corners and spread the top rail as early car interiors and seats were wider at the top, the bus seat is narrower...
    Added 13.5" to the top rail... base will be fine...
    going to have to have new foam and cover for the seat back...
    .
    think I have secured his last 2 seats [who knew] am thinking of splitting them "off center" enough to flip them upside down, glue them and with the offset sections can be wide enough... should be able to stitch the 2 skins together and cover the new wider seatback...
    . seat frame 5.JPG seat 2.JPG seat frame 3.JPG
     
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  25. dsiddons
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    Caravan seats are getting hard to find. I looked around for bus seats before I like that idea. Simple enough for me to make correct size. Thanks for sharing


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  26. sloppy jalopies
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    Check them out before you buy as a school bus seat backs have the sides tilt in at the top so a player can carry their bag of equipment down the center...
    A city bus seat may not have the angled sides... might be a better choice...
    lucky... I got the bus seats for $20 each.
     
  27. john walker
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