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Old 12-18-2010, 05:22 PM   #1
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Let See Seats On Your 55-59 Truck

I'm tired of sit'n on my weak spring pickup seat. Looking for newer seat choices. I guess I could rebuild it as the seat is in really good shape but can't find seat springs. The gentleman that had my 56 before I did was a little bigger than me so she's a little weak and a back killer after a 600 mile trip.
Lets see some of your seats with what they came out of.
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Old 12-18-2010, 09:11 PM   #2
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Re: Let See Seats On Your 55-59 Truck

88-98 chev full size p/u bench

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Old 12-19-2010, 11:10 AM   #3
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Re: Let See Seats On Your 55-59 Truck

I have the same seat from 89 Chevy Truck. I cut lower brackets in pie cut and rewelded more of a tilt plus it sits lower in back of cab. I hate seeing top of seat in rear window it is just me no offense to anyone intended. Here are some pics sorry bad quality they are off phone I have new leather covers not installed so all you see is foam.

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Old 12-19-2010, 01:55 PM   #4
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Re: Let See Seats On Your 55-59 Truck

I do also think the back of the seat should be low. They just don't look right with high backs. I kind of like buckets too but that bench seat is nice to place things on when going down the road. No salvage yards close to me so I'll have to travel about 150 miles to go look I guess.
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:03 PM   #5
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I don't really like the seat being visible through the rear window. There's a couple of trucks here in town that have them sticking up kind of high. I think entourageguy hit the nail on the head with his seat. It looks awesome in there, with a kick ass upholstery job to boot.
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:28 AM   #6
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Re: Let See Seats On Your 55-59 Truck

Here's another option. Had Twisted Stitch build a custom bench based on a low side suspension seat. Gained gut and leg room...
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:23 AM   #7
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Re: Let See Seats On Your 55-59 Truck

I understand what everyone says about the seat showing...but after being rear ended in a late model truck I can tell you a head boucing off a head rest beats the back glass any day. Plus, my dodge full size seats with integrated belts will keep me in that seat a hair better than a lap belt. I plan to put a little tint on the glass to keep the seats from being too visible.
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Old 12-21-2010, 02:54 PM   #8
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Re: Let See Seats On Your 55-59 Truck

I am in the process of using the bucket seats from an '04 Dodge Dakota.

Though not shown in the picture, it does have a center console that folds up for a 3rd seat, provided you are thin enough...

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Old 12-22-2010, 02:41 AM   #9
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Re: Let See Seats On Your 55-59 Truck

[QUOTE=OKGMC4;4362445]I understand what everyone says about the seat showing...but after being rear ended in a late model truck I can tell you a head boucing off a head rest beats the back glass any day. QUOTE]

I agree. While I havent had that unfortunate experience, I won't sacrifice safety for looks... just tint the windows and be done with it.
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Old 12-22-2010, 03:56 PM   #10
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Re: Let See Seats On Your 55-59 Truck

Here are my fab photos, I have not done the final install yet. I agree with the headrest comments too, one of the reasons I went with a new seat. Safety trumps looks in my book. Seat is a 07 Yukon third row, I set it up to tilt and remove like stock.
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:24 PM   #11
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Here are my fab photos, I have not done the final install yet. I agree with the headrest comments too, one of the reasons I went with a new seat. Safety trumps looks in my book. Seat is a 07 Yukon third row, I set it up to tilt and remove like stock.
How comfortable are those seats Orrie?
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:40 PM   #12
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From just trial sitting seem to be ok. It's not a super cushy cushion, more like memory foam. Time will tell, but can't be much worse than the 2x4 and plywood reinforced stock one I put up with for 20+ years!
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:30 PM   #13
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I went with the new seats as well, but they are from an Escalade which has cupholders and a compartment between the seats. Can't beat it with the shoulder harness all intact. I mounted mine a little lower though, to keep them below the big back window. Just put on craigslist what I wanted and 2 weeks later had the seats.
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:23 AM   #14
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I went with the new seats as well, but they are from an Escalade which has cupholders and a compartment between the seats. Can't beat it with the shoulder harness all intact. I mounted mine a little lower though, to keep them below the big back window. Just put on craigslist what I wanted and 2 weeks later had the seats.
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:15 AM   #15
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I parted out a '58 that we bought from an old timer last year. He had completely redone it 20 years ago for his daughter and did some cretive thngs, like welding in a 70's box floor - looked stock at first glance. Anyways, when I sat on the seat I couldn't believe how firm it was, so we took off the cover, a blanket and them two layers of carpet contact cemented to the original bagged out fabric. Man, for being on a budget, this approach really worked. That seat was awesome.

Probably not what you had in mind, eh?
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:44 AM   #16
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Kim, I will post some pictures this weekend when I have more time. Last night we just made the final decision on mounting.
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Old 12-25-2010, 06:59 PM   #17
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Here's mine out of my 56GMC the upholstery patch doesn't quite match?
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Kim here are the pictures I promised you. I welded 1/2" bolts to the plate to anchor the seats. I just didn't finish the other side yet.
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Old 12-26-2010, 01:01 AM   #19
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Thaks for the pics tbrown. I like the way those look.
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:37 AM   #20
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Out of 2003 Impala. Installation was straight forward. I think they will look pretty good in two tone vinyl.
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Old 02-07-2011, 11:05 AM   #21
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Re: Let See Seats On Your 55-59 Truck

New guy with a 59 in progress. I'm trying to find a good seat for my project and stumbled across this site. Looks like you all have come up with some good ideas. I would probably direct this towards Entourageguy as it would appear that his seat would be a nice fit for what I'm looking to do. You said 88 to 98 seats will fit if I read correctly. Did you have to anything with the exception of the mounting to get it to fit? It really appears to fit nice. Any hints or other suggestions? Thanks in advance for any input. Wouldn't mind seeing some wheels/rim ideas either as I'm getting close to the finish.
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:45 PM   #22
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basically I set the seat in with the base between the two raised portions and bolted it in.Some guys cut a wedge out of the base to lean the seat back but so far the stock has worked for me.
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Old 02-09-2011, 01:39 PM   #23
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Thanks Brian, went to your garage and noticed a different seat from the one posted here. Don't mean to be nosey but whats the story with that. I like the one you have with the fold down center. Would you mind sharing a little more info on that as to what that came out of and why you changed it. Thanks,Mark
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:23 PM   #24
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looks like he sorta re-did the interior. door panels are different too. wonder if he did it get rid of the sets sticking up into the window?

Brian, that's a gorgeous truck.
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:47 PM   #25
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Brian, do you have a build thread somewhere?
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