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Hot Rods Will the 'third row seat' from a Caravan fit a 49 F-1?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 6sally6, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. 6sally6
    Joined: Feb 16, 2014
    Posts: 766


    Buddy of mine has a 49 F-1 that's complete but the old stock bench seat sits like ..........a 70 year old truck!! I see a lot of you fellas using the Caravan seat(40') and wonder if the F-1 would be a candidate.
  2. von zipper
    Joined: Nov 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,001

    von zipper

    I think mine is from a Chevy Astro in my 59’ f100[​IMG]

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  3. leon bee
    Joined: Mar 15, 2017
    Posts: 321

    leon bee
    from Arkansas!

    I just stuck a tape measure in my 46 the other day. The bottom, part you sit on should be about 48 inches for that truck. Back rest part can be several inches more. So if you were saying 40 inches, that could be a little narrow in an F1.......maybe.
  4. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 1,873

    from Alabama

    Why not rebuild the the old seat?
    I did .....repaired the springs, added padding and a new vinyl cover. All I can say is Wow!
    Super Comfortable.
    A modern 3rd row seat is more like a church pew. The old seat rebuilt properly can be very comfortable.

    I used the Cartouch kit from Macs. I was very happy with it.
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  5. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 1,777

    from NKy

    I did as others rebuild the OEM seat , I tried a van seat for a bit , you will not be pleased .
  6. 3rd seats from Astro vans (Safari vans) work great are very comfy, seat back is thin, helps with legroom, seat back folds flat onto cushion for access to behind seat,'s one in a 55 Chev p.u.
    55 pu patina 031.jpg
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  7. aerocolor
    Joined: Oct 7, 2009
    Posts: 1,146

    from dayton

    I use an '87-'94 Dodge Dakota seat.
    Joined: Dec 14, 2009
    Posts: 1,902


    A lot of the newer van seats also have the seat back recline function so it makes them more comfortable
    Seat belts installed already if you want them etc.
    If you find a high end model you can get leather as well!
    Real cheap easy solution.

    Stock rebuilt tear would be my first choice
    But upholstery guys up here charge $$$ for quality work.
  9. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,590


    Caravan rear seat is 46", some recline/fold flat and have a bolt-on slider. Good hunting!
  10. Oldioron
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 919


    A friend of mine put a Caravan seat in his 29 pickup and even with the upholstering it's not comfortable, it's hard after some some time.
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  11. earlymopar
    Joined: Feb 26, 2007
    Posts: 1,027


    Many of the "mini" truck seats are of a tube frame structure work well in older pickups. I used a Mazda B2200 seat in my 37' Dodge.

    - EM

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