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Hot Rods Seat decisions.....

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by chopo, Feb 22, 2021.

  1. chopo
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    First one is very nice to sit in. Number 2 looks good but not a 300 mile seat. And number 3 just is lacking something


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  2. gnichols
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    Comfortable, and adjustable, win every time.
     
  3. 40FORDPU
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    Number one rolled and pleated, would be my choice.
    Nice dashboard.
     
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  4. First one is very nice to sit in.


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app[/QUOTE]..............Sounds like you've already made your decision.:D;)
     
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  5. jetnow1
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    First one wins hands down. Looks right and it comfortable, what is not to like?
     
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  6. WB69
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    Number one in my opinion.
     
  7. catdad49
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    A59CA6E9-55EE-4693-9EA3-75FDC3CB4E2F.jpeg Put a bench in mine, much better than the buckets.
     
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  8. Definitely #1.
    What’s it out of?
     
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  9. squirrel
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    can you find some original springs, and cover them?
     
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  10. catdad49
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    Mine is middle seat out of a Caravan which I made adjustable, added 1” foam to both pieces and My Wife did the upholstery.
     
  11. Elcohaulic
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    GM Strato bench with arm and head rests....

    strato bench.jpg
     
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  12. ekimneirbo
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    Buckets fit my buns best............
    If you don't make it comfortable, you will find that you don't drive it nearly as often. Those old cars are often small and cramped to begin with, so choosing something that adds a little room pays off later.
     
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  13. indyjps
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    Seat 1 looks like the right angle, seat 3 doesnt seem to be.

    The trick is extending the side cover down over the track, without using a big padded bolster reminiscent of a boat/ conversion van interior. If you can find any kind of chrome or stainless trim that can be adapted to the side of the seat it really makes it come together better.

    Lot of SUV, van third seats and pick up rear seats are out there as donors, but they dont come with seat tracks and may not lean forward.
    Small truck ( mini truck) era seats at least have sliders, may be split bench and need the headrests removed, many have a notch for shifter as well.
     
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  14. JWL115C
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    You can't go wrong with a Glide bench. Adjustable back and forth, seat back adjustable and cushion opens up. Also, Tanks Inc. offers a nice mounting bracket that is adjustable for height.
     
  15. indyjps
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    Hows the width on those for a hot rod, does a 60's mid size bench fit or does the frame need modified ?
     
  16. goldmountain
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    I have bought seat number three two times now. Still not good enough to use.

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  17. Squablow
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    I have a Strato-Bench sitting in my office right now, it's roughly 55 inches wide. No chance that's going to fit in a Model A Ford, even if you completely sectioned the armrest out.
     
  18. chopo
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    Rear of Isuzu amigo


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  19. 51504bat
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    I have a Glide engineering seat in my '39 p/u. 100% improvement over the stock seat. But in my p/u at least for me it is all the way to the back of the cab with no room for backward movement or tilt. I'm 6' but for anyone taller it might not be as comfortable. One plus is the seat lifts up for under seat storage. I did have a Caravan seat in a '40 Ford big truck I used to own and it made for a pretty firm seat. seat.jpg
     
  20. deucemac
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    I agree with JWL. I have a glide seat in my roadster. Chose it because I would walk the L A Roadsters meet for hours every year and my legs would get very tired. I would head over to the Glide display and sit on one of their demos. I really liked this one bench seat. As it turned out, it was a seat for a 32 roadster! So, when it came time to buy a seat, Glide was it. So far, after driving it everywhere and some long hours, it still is comfortable. My upholsterer used different foam and ultra leather. It beats shopping endlessly or cutting down a seat and hoping it will work for the long run.
     
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  21. mgtstumpy
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    I have the OEM seats in my 35 tub and sometimes wish the front was adjustable, it's not so good on the back after a 300klm journey.
     
  22. Dino 64
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    First one, IMHO. I also used a Caravan middle seat 367598FB-D628-4A3A-B2BA-DF841FA7F40F.jpeg
     
  23. TCATTC
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    Does the back of that seat fold forward?
     
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  24. Dino 64
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  25. Not to hijack, but what years of caravan are you guys using?
     
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  26. TCATTC
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    And what are you using for adjusters?
     
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  27. goldmountain
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    I adapter seat adjusters from a junkyard bucket seat to a Caravan bench. Just had to remove the upholstery and foam cushion before welding.

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  28. Dino 64
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    Mine is from a 2000. Had to shorten the handle that releases the seat back. I got some universal sliders from Speedway for adjustment for and aft.
     
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  29. catdad49
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    Yes, the seat folds. I used the adjuster from a rear caravan seat, cut down to the max. This method would not work in anything but an unchopped car.
     
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  30. Dino 64
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    Mine’s chopped almost 3”, what difference does it make ? Just curious ;)
     

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