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Technical Thunderbird Seats in a Model A

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jake Sippl, Nov 3, 2019.

  1. Jake Sippl
    Joined: Nov 11, 2015
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    Jake Sippl
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    from Detroit MI

    Hey guys. I'm sorry if this question has been posted before, but I couldn't find a thread on it anywhere. I recently got a pair of seats out of an old T-bird. Don't know the year exactly. I'll upload a picture of them when I find one. But I'm wondering if anyone has made them fit in a Model A coupe. I took measurements, and I think its going to be pretty tight. I can always mock them up and see for myself, but I figured it was worth an ask on here to see if anyone's done it, and how it looks. Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. Jake Sippl
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  3. dana barlow
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    1. Y-blocks

    I help add newer buckets to a buddys 30A sedan,I don't know what they came out of. We had to remove some side trim on the sides of seats that were next to each other{Not seen anyway} to get them closer together by near 3in. better. Height n angle was key adjustments to get right as much as front to back. Made custom floor bracket.
     
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  5. Dino 64
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    Nice buckets ! There’s about 41” give or take to work with depending on the height of the seat.


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  6. I think I remember that the interior door panels were 42" apart at the front edge of the seat in my '31 Victoria. My buckets were quite small, out of Triumph Spitfire. They fit the car fine. Most drivers today might find them not wide enough, but I'm a little guy at 5'10" and 160.

    Phil
     
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  7. lostone
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    Jake whats the overall width of your seats together like in the picture above?
     
  8. verde742
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    I like 'em,

    make them work...
     
  9. catdad49
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    I love those seats, but they need to be about 20" across at the widest point. Many variables, the body tapers top to bottom and front to back. Best of luck, Carp.
     
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  10. I think you would be a lot happier with early Mustang buckets.
     
  11. Blues4U
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    Blues4U
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    from So Cal

    Yep, and this is about the max. 18" is better if you don't want the seats mashed up tight against each other. <18 is even better, will allow you to have some seat belt extensions from the floor up in between the seats, and allow the seats to slide back & forth without rubbing.
     
  12. Jake Sippl
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    Jake Sippl
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    from Detroit MI

    I'll measure them when I get home tonight, and post up.
     
  13. Jake Sippl
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    Jake Sippl
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    from Detroit MI

    That's what I'm thinking honestly. My dad's been talking about it and we've kinda been looking on Craigslist, and FB marketplace. These T bird seats aren't going to be for naught though. I found an early falcon center console and I think we are going to mount them in my dad's 64 F100 stepside when we build that next year.
     
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  14. Jake Sippl
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    Jake Sippl
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    from Detroit MI

    I think my only hope at this point of them working is if I keep my doors without door panels in them (they are currently panel-less). The car will be going in the Detroit Autorama this year with my club, so I want something more period for it than the crappy ebay seats I have in it now. I think mustang seats are going to be the long term solution, as I am dead set on putting bucket seats in this car, as it better fits the 60s look, but these might be a good temporary fix. Idk that's just my mindset as of right now.
     
  15. harpo1313
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    I made a one piece frame for buckets so one adjustment to avoid the rubbing , also enable to get them as close to each other as I could . nice looking seats
     
  16. Blues4U
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    Blues4U
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  17. Rich B.
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    Rich B.
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    from Portage,IN

    I built this in the late 60’s. They are 65 Mustang,
    close together, but they worked
    upload_2019-11-4_18-20-0.jpeg
     

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