The 1947 - Present Chevrolet & GMC Truck Message Board Network







Register or Log In To remove these advertisements.

Go Back   The 1947 - Present Chevrolet & GMC Truck Message Board Network > 47 - Current classic GM Trucks > The 1973 - 1987 Chevrolet & GMC Squarebody Pickups Message Board

Web 67-72chevytrucks.com


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-12-2017, 05:07 PM   #1
only126db
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Houghton Lake MI
Posts: 57
I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

I am going back old school and things just are not the way they used to be in old age....

I have owned a '72, a '76 C10 and an '85 C20, they seemed to have plenty of room but I just checked out a '78 and it seemed like the column stuck way out further than either of my trucks I had ('76 was a 3/tree, '85 was auto).

I mean even with my big old gut now, remembering my old trucks I should have still had a few inches, I was never small and do not remember the cabin being even remotely tight.

Can anyone post up some measurements from the bottom of their steering wheels ( with stock columns) to the seat backs (bench preferably) so I can see if my fat old but will even be comfortable in a classic regular cab truck or am I screwed....

I am tired of these plastic 5,000,000 sensor 10,000,000 circuit board piles of junk they call vehicles these days.

I want body trans motor, thats all, back to basics......
only126db is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2017, 01:52 PM   #2
daddyjeep
Registered User
 
daddyjeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Smethport, PA
Posts: 679
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

Love the post.

I can't offer any assistance yet as my interior is currently in a pile in the corner, but I can say that when I brought my truck home it seemed smaller than I remember. I am in the same boat as you and haven't owned a square in quite some time and I take up a little more space that I used to.
__________________
85 K30 crew cab dually - Project http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=694939
87 Wrangler Rock Crawler - Reason for the project http://www.wranglerforum.com/f330/da...ld-122601.html
daddyjeep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2017, 02:01 PM   #3
85/Silverado
Registered User
 
85/Silverado's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Port St. Joe Fl.
Posts: 279
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

I put my 1985 tilt wheel straight and it's 14 1/2 to the seat. If that helps
85/Silverado is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2017, 08:25 PM   #4
vht
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Brooksville Ky
Posts: 484
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

I think the later 90"s 4 spoke steering wheels give you a little more room. I just got one for mine but it's all apart right now. You might check out that advertisement on TV now, you may not be fat, you may just be bloated!
vht is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2017, 09:55 PM   #5
only126db
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Houghton Lake MI
Posts: 57
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

Quote:
Originally Posted by 85/Silverado View Post
I put my 1985 tilt wheel straight and it's 14 1/2 to the seat. If that helps
Holy crap, I hope you mean 14" from the front edge of the seat to the bottom of the wheel or I am screwed...

see drawing for measurement i need
Attached Images
 
only126db is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2017, 09:58 PM   #6
only126db
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Houghton Lake MI
Posts: 57
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

Quote:
Originally Posted by daddyjeep View Post
Love the post.

I can't offer any assistance yet as my interior is currently in a pile in the corner, but I can say that when I brought my truck home it seemed smaller than I remember. I am in the same boat as you and haven't owned a square in quite some time and I take up a little more space that I used to.
I am going to look at a nice 85 Sunday, interior is also in pieces from what I gather So I may have to go bucket seats if I'm too fat for the bench....
only126db is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2017, 11:08 PM   #7
85/Silverado
Registered User
 
85/Silverado's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Port St. Joe Fl.
Posts: 279
Wink Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

Quote:
Originally Posted by only126db View Post
Holy crap, I hope you mean 14" from the front edge of the seat to the bottom of the wheel or I am screwed...

see drawing for measurement i need

That's the ticket.
85/Silverado is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2017, 11:12 PM   #8
Bandit130
Registered User
 
Bandit130's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Euless, Texas
Posts: 69
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

I have a measurement for you. 74 C10 original non tilt wheel, bench seat moved all way back. Mine is 15 1/2" from bottom of wheel to seat back. I am 6' tall, and is a little close for me till one day can get a tilt wheel. I can certainly understand your pain. I am there too. Not a fun time for me with this situation.
__________________
1974 Cheyenne 10 LWB 350/TH350/With AC
1972 Cheyenne 10 LWB 350/TH350/With AC (Sold)
Bandit130 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2017, 11:31 PM   #9
friscobob
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Sutherlin, Oregon
Posts: 162
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

I can help you with that waist line if you want to get serious about it.
Bob
friscobob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2017, 05:37 AM   #10
only126db
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Houghton Lake MI
Posts: 57
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

Quote:
Originally Posted by friscobob View Post
I can help you with that waist line if you want to get serious about it.
Bob
I lost 75lbs over the summer, winter is here and it's coming back....

I did the Atkins thing, or my rendition of it.

The hardest thing was getting the rest of the family to go on the journey with me.

Here shortly they will have no choice, as soon as this horrible food we have is gone, I am only buying rabbit food and boneless skinless chicken then forcing tiny portions on top of it all.

We are gonna drop some pounds this year....

Wife and kid will hate me fore a little while but in the end will thank me...
only126db is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2017, 05:41 AM   #11
only126db
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Houghton Lake MI
Posts: 57
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bandit130 View Post
I have a measurement for you. 74 C10 original non tilt wheel, bench seat moved all way back. Mine is 15 1/2" from bottom of wheel to seat back. I am 6' tall, and is a little close for me till one day can get a tilt wheel. I can certainly understand your pain. I am there too. Not a fun time for me with this situation.
I must have been much smaller than I thought back then (25yrs ago).

Or I am much larger than I think I am today.
only126db is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2017, 12:43 PM   #12
TKCR
Senior Member
 
TKCR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Ohio
Posts: 2,042
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

I have an 86 and I put a smaller wheel in. I went out and measured mine. Steering Wheel to the back of the seat back, was 15". If the tilt is all the way up, there is 8" from the bottom of the wheel to the seat. And then less if the wheel is tilted down.

I know swapping the steering wheels did allow for more room for the driver. I'm not big, but I didn't like the big original steering wheel. I always did feel, that if you were a big person, it would definitely crowd your body. I felt crowded by it, but I got SPACE issues.

And another thing, the seat does make a difference. I had a 90"s style seat when I bought the truck and then went with correct bench for the 80"s. The 90's seat, I felt did sit down and further back.
TKCR is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2017, 01:25 PM   #13
lilpoindexter
Registered User
 
lilpoindexter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: los angeles
Posts: 1,080
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

Congratuations on your weight loss journey. You are on the right path. I put power steering in mine (non factory), a smaller lecarra steering wheel and a seat from a '94 and it all helped.
lilpoindexter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2017, 03:04 PM   #14
only126db
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Houghton Lake MI
Posts: 57
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

Quote:
Originally Posted by lilpoindexter View Post
Congratuations on your weight loss journey. You are on the right path. I put power steering in mine (non factory), a smaller lecarra steering wheel and a seat from a '94 and it all helped.
Yeah been looking at seat options for the truck I may pick up...
Attached Images
 
only126db is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2017, 08:14 PM   #15
TKCR
Senior Member
 
TKCR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Ohio
Posts: 2,042
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

Quote:
Originally Posted by only126db View Post
Yeah been looking at seat options for the truck I may pick up...
Nice truck!!!
TKCR is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2017, 09:43 PM   #16
daddyjeep
Registered User
 
daddyjeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Smethport, PA
Posts: 679
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

I have read about using Honda Odysee second row seats in our trucks. I believe the backs are thinner so they will give you more room. Lets see if this link works.
__________________
85 K30 crew cab dually - Project http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=694939
87 Wrangler Rock Crawler - Reason for the project http://www.wranglerforum.com/f330/da...ld-122601.html
daddyjeep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2017, 09:44 PM   #17
daddyjeep
Registered User
 
daddyjeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Smethport, PA
Posts: 679
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

Guess not. Just google odysee seats in square body and you will find some.
__________________
85 K30 crew cab dually - Project http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=694939
87 Wrangler Rock Crawler - Reason for the project http://www.wranglerforum.com/f330/da...ld-122601.html
daddyjeep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2017, 10:08 PM   #18
TKCR
Senior Member
 
TKCR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Ohio
Posts: 2,042
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

Here's a few pics of the 90's style seats, I posted about earlier. These give the driver more room. The maroon seat was in my 86, until I changed the interior to charcoal. I put a period correct bench back in.

Along with a smaller wheel, I bet you would be fine. The blue one has a smaller wheel and the 3rd pic is the wheel I have now.
Attached Images
   
TKCR is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2017, 10:12 PM   #19
vht
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Brooksville Ky
Posts: 484
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

My daughter lost 72 lbs, it took her a little over a year but she used some kinda points system like weight watchers. She said after a while she didn't want to eat as much and for the last several months she eats what she wants but watches and don't go crazy. She said she feels so much better she'd never go back to being that heavy again. I'm very proud of her.
vht is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2017, 05:18 AM   #20
only126db
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Houghton Lake MI
Posts: 57
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

Quote:
Originally Posted by vht View Post
My daughter lost 72 lbs, it took her a little over a year but she used some kinda points system like weight watchers. She said after a while she didn't want to eat as much and for the last several months she eats what she wants but watches and don't go crazy. She said she feels so much better she'd never go back to being that heavy again. I'm very proud of her.
Yeah Holidays and family killed me.... Next year they are screwed, our 10 course meal is gonna be 10 kinds of lettuce LOL
only126db is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2017, 05:24 AM   #21
only126db
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Houghton Lake MI
Posts: 57
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

Quote:
Originally Posted by TKCR View Post
Here's a few pics of the 90's style seats, I posted about earlier. These give the driver more room. The maroon seat was in my 86, until I changed the interior to charcoal. I put a period correct bench back in.

Along with a smaller wheel, I bet you would be fine. The blue one has a smaller wheel and the 3rd pic is the wheel I have now.
We will see what the truck looks like in person, every truck I have seen in person doesnt look as good as the pictures, this one may be different though. It was a father son project they never really got to after he bought it somewhere out of state.
only126db is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2017, 08:15 AM   #22
junkman
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: metropolis il
Posts: 84
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

x2 on the 90's seat. Made a huge difference in mine. The bottom and back is thinner, well was in my 83 anyway and alot more comfortable.
junkman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2017, 10:25 AM   #23
LT7A
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 325
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

I applaud you on the 75 lbs lost over the summer and your commitment to eating healthy with your family. I have the same struggle and I try to remember that I would be willing to spend money to get lighter weight parts. .. So a lighter me is a free performance upgrade. Good luck brother!

P.S. I like that truck!
LT7A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2017, 12:52 PM   #24
only126db
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Houghton Lake MI
Posts: 57
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

Quote:
Originally Posted by LT7A View Post
I applaud you on the 75 lbs lost over the summer and your commitment to eating healthy with your family. I have the same struggle and I try to remember that I would be willing to spend money to get lighter weight parts. .. So a lighter me is a free performance upgrade. Good luck brother!

P.S. I like that truck!
thx, guy should be trailering it up here to for me this wk...

We made a deal @ $4100 trailered to my house. (145 miles one way)
-payment on delivery-

Needs some work, interior is shot, body is solid, needs to be tuned, has a bigger cam so I am going to need to mess with timing. (probably will just replace distributor and start fresh, possibly add lighter springs and adjust vacuum advance)

A little wiring to clean up, all minor stuff....



Last edited by only126db; 01-16-2017 at 01:01 PM.
only126db is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2017, 01:15 PM   #25
daddyjeep
Registered User
 
daddyjeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Smethport, PA
Posts: 679
Re: I Have Gotten Fat And Need Help Can U Help?

Awesome. Congrats on getting the deal done.
__________________
85 K30 crew cab dually - Project http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=694939
87 Wrangler Rock Crawler - Reason for the project http://www.wranglerforum.com/f330/da...ld-122601.html
daddyjeep is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:58 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 1997-2013 67-72chevytrucks.com