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Old 05-01-2017, 01:18 PM   #51
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Re: 73-87 bench designs - how many are there?

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Thanks! Yes the cover is from Classic Industries, and I had to replace 2 of those springs on the driver side.
Where did you order your springs from? USA1 or LMC?
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Old 05-01-2017, 02:03 PM   #52
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Re: 73-87 bench designs - how many are there?

The springs came from USA1. Not too difficult to swap out.
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Old 05-04-2017, 11:12 PM   #53
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Re: 73-87 bench designs - how many are there?

So what did you do with the old foam from the 79?
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Old 05-05-2017, 07:48 AM   #54
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Re: 73-87 bench designs - how many are there?

I ended up using it as-is. I still plan to find a full-foam seat with a folding back at some point.
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Old 05-16-2017, 12:16 PM   #55
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Re: 73-87 bench designs - how many are there?

This is how the 74 I had turned out, it is a full foam also. I just found out, it is a seat that is specific to the GMC, because of the chrome pieces at the hinge. I did not know that.
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Old 05-16-2017, 01:51 PM   #56
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Re: 73-87 bench designs - how many are there?

That turned out very nice!
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Old 06-23-2017, 02:29 PM   #57
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I ended up using it as-is. I still plan to find a full-foam seat with a folding back at some point.
Now that you have a tilt seat with the full foam, post a pic, when you get it swapped out.

It was a pleasure to me you and your wife.
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Old 06-27-2017, 09:36 PM   #58
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Thanks and will do. Just got home. It was great meeting you and your folks as well!
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Old 09-01-2017, 09:33 PM   #59
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Re: 73-87 bench designs - how many are there?

Finished building the bench seat using the frame I got from TKCR, which as I understand it was a "deluxe" seat for 77-79. I used replacement springs along the sides from usa1industries.com, new deluxe foam and cover from classicindustries.com.

As a reminder, I'm building this to use instead of the "cheap seat" with springs and a thin foam pad I'd gotten from a low-end 79 model. Is the new deluxe full foam seat more comfortable - well hell yeah! Of course I'd say that anyway after driving a couple thousand miles meeting TKCR to swap frames, cleaning up a second frame and painting, replacing broken springs, etc.

Seriously though, it just "feels" better not hearing the springs skreak whenever you climb in or out, or just moving around on the bench. This foam is much more firm than the other seat and just sitting in my garage it feels like a little better back support. Haven't taken a long drive with either seat so my judgement of this is hardly a basis to change your own bench Not sorry I went to the bother though!
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That turned out great Rick!!
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Old 09-02-2017, 10:54 AM   #61
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This is how the 74 I had turned out, it is a full foam also. I just found out, it is a seat that is specific to the GMC, because of the chrome pieces at the hinge. I did not know that.
I was going to mention that it was a GMC seat. Was reading through the whole post to make sure no one else covered it
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Old 09-02-2017, 11:10 AM   #62
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I was going to mention that it was a GMC seat. Was reading through the whole post to make sure no one else covered it
I love the look of the GMC seat. I came across this black one in a salvage yard, it had already been recovered in black leather. So I still took it apart and restored the frame & tracks and cleaned up the cover. I have only found 1 more since then, it still needs restored.
There's a local guy that has about 4 trucks just sitting out by his barn. I stopped to see if he was willing to sell the seats out of them. They were all GMC seats too. He wouldn't, he was saving all those for parts for a truck build for his son. Unfortunately, they are going to waste in my opinion.
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Old 09-02-2017, 11:47 AM   #63
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That turned out great Rick!!
Thanks TKCR! I haven't decided yet what to do about the plastic covers that go on the sides, and now you've got me thinking I'm going to have to find the chrome garnishes as well
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Old 09-02-2017, 11:56 AM   #64
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Thanks TKCR! I haven't decided yet what to do about the plastic covers that go on the sides, and now you've got me thinking I'm going to have to find the chrome garnishes as well
This was definitely an upgrade or a deluxe.

Your covers look just a little different than these covers, correct? Is it because of the seatbelt, that you didn't put them on?
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Old 09-02-2017, 05:40 PM   #65
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Re: 73-87 bench designs - how many are there?

Well the plastic is a little rough in spots, and I'd have to get more SEM to paint them to match. So, worry about that detail later... But yes, they do look different than those you've pictured above.
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Old 09-04-2017, 08:47 PM   #66
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Re: 73-87 bench designs - how many are there?

along with seats, what seat belts work with what? I have a 75 with original bench seat, does not fold forward. The truck has lap belts only but what would it take to convert to shoulder belts? When did shoulder belts become the norm?
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Old 09-05-2017, 05:22 PM   #67
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Sorry, not an expert on the seat belts, but you'd probably have better luck getting answers by starting a new thread with an appropriate title to get the right folks looking.
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