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Old 03-28-2019, 09:02 PM   #276
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Old 03-28-2019, 09:43 PM   #277
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Awesome grill. Mine isn't the original, I had it stored somewhere in 2011, went to use it and the grill was missing.

Are you selling that grill?
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Old 03-28-2019, 10:01 PM   #278
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Awesome grill. Mine isn't the original, I had it stored somewhere in 2011, went to use it and the grill was missing.

Are you selling that grill?
I believe it is sold already. Got several people wanting it. I do have bits and pieces, because I rebuild grilles also. Let me see what I can put together and I will Message you.
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Old 04-10-2019, 06:49 PM   #279
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Picked up 3 more seats last night. Started tearing them down today. Well this is one of The Worst, I have ever seen!! Words cannot describe, what someone did to this poor seat or what they were thinking, when they did this The frame was completely broke in half!!
The only thing salvageable on this particular seat, were the tracks. Good thing I only paid $60, for all 3 seats.
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Old 04-11-2019, 05:49 AM   #280
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Words cannot describe, what someone did to this poor seat or what they were thinking, when they did this
Wow someone spent a lot of time and effort to cobble that together.
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Old 04-11-2019, 03:59 PM   #281
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What a mess! What were those straps? Something for lawn furniture?
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Old 04-11-2019, 08:42 PM   #282
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Wow someone spent a lot of time and effort to cobble that together.
I thought the same thing!!

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What a mess! What were those straps? Something for lawn furniture?
They are leather straps, actually dry rotted leather straps. LOL!!
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Old 04-14-2019, 11:47 AM   #283
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Picked up a decent seat for restoration. Starting to strip it down. The seat had a fairly new Saddle Blanket on it.
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Old 04-14-2019, 01:59 PM   #284
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Picked up a decent seat for restoration. Starting to strip it down. The seat had a fairly new Saddle Blanket on it.
Hate those damn Saddle Blankets! Everytime I see a vehicle with those I think "that seat is a goner"!
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:44 PM   #285
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Hate those damn Saddle Blankets! Everytime I see a vehicle with those I think "that seat is a goner"!
Nope, not a total goner. The original cover is worn, but everything else is fine. It always pays to look under the blanket.
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Old 04-14-2019, 11:31 PM   #286
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i like the blanket cover over vinyl. It gives the dog good traction.

I was looking at my seat to see if the back would recline back further and noticed that there is a saw blade, gear ratchet looking affair on the drivers side but no levers. I can stick my finger down in the hinge area and move it. Is it broken? Am I missing parts? Is it a seat back lock? 81 GMC. Do not know if is original to the truck. My parts trucks are the same. 82+87.
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:44 AM   #287
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i like the blanket cover over vinyl. It gives the dog good traction.

I was looking at my seat to see if the back would recline back further and noticed that there is a saw blade, gear ratchet looking affair on the drivers side but no levers. I can stick my finger down in the hinge area and move it. Is it broken? Am I missing parts? Is it a seat back lock? 81 GMC. Do not know if is original to the truck. My parts trucks are the same. 82+87.
The seats will not recline back any further than the stop bolt, that the seat back rests on. The 81-87 seats, also do not lock back. The seats prior to those did, the 73-80. I attached a couple of pics, to show what it all looks like underneath the hinge cover.
The 1st pic shows how the seat back rests on the stop bolt (the silver bolt). What your feeling that is moving freely, is the hinge bracket.
In the 2nd pic, it is the part that is off the seat now, laying there.
To be quite honest, that part is useless, it does nothing but hang there.
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:38 PM   #288
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What is the two forked thing at the bottom of the second pic? It just lays at the bottom of its sweep on the shaft on my seat. You stick your finger in there and it will swing on that shaft or bolt.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:11 AM   #289
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What is the two forked thing at the bottom of the second pic? It just lays at the bottom of its sweep on the shaft on my seat. You stick your finger in there and it will swing on that shaft or bolt.
I answered this question, Re-read the last post, the last 3 sentences is post #287. That is the hinge bracket part, that is said just hangs there freely.
I marked them in these pics. 1st pic, it is on the seat. 2nd pic, it is the same part off the seat, laying on the floor.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:17 AM   #290
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Could it be used to hold the seat forward??
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:22 AM   #291
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Could it be used to hold the seat forward??
It doesn't, at least not when the seat is in the truck. Whenever I take the seats out, I fold and tilt the seat, to take it through the door. That is the only time the bracket will hold the seatback forward. The gravity of having the entire seat tilting forward, is when the bracket will swing. Otherwise, it just hangs freely in the downward position.
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Old 04-16-2019, 10:30 PM   #292
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In the parts book the dangler is called the catch.

The saw tooth piece is called the latch. (part of the seat back frame)

The bolt through the catch is called the striker.

It looks like in a collision, the catch will swing forward and meet with one of the two latch teeth keeping the seat back from folding forward.

Mine would need to be cleaned up to move freely.
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:07 AM   #293
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Good info right there!! Thank You farmall.
I'm putting together a seat today. I will have to test that out, to see if the catch does stop the seat from folding forward. Maybe even do a little video.
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Pic #2 is the Catch, left & right sides. And the bolts that are circled, are the "striker" bolts.
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Old 04-17-2019, 05:00 PM   #294
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Just finished up a couple of Charcoal Velour Bench Seats. Both got NEW FOAM and fully restored frames. Both are SOLD. One is staying here locally, here in Ohio. The other one will go to itís new home in Michigan.
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Old 04-17-2019, 05:59 PM   #295
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Looks great! I can't wait to pick it up.
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Looks great! I can't wait to pick it up.
Can't wait for you to see it in person and to meet you in person.
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Old 04-19-2019, 03:22 PM   #297
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Can't wait for you to see it in person and to meet you in person.
It was great meeting you today. The seat looks like brand new! More importantly to me it feels like brand new when I sit on it. No more leaning towards the door.

Thank again!
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Old 04-19-2019, 04:22 PM   #298
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It was great meeting you today. The seat looks like brand new! More importantly to me it feels like brand new when I sit on it. No more leaning towards the door.

Thank again!
It was nice meeting you also. And I’m happy to hear you really like your "new" restored seat. And this is why you were leaning towards the door, broken springs.
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Old 04-20-2019, 05:38 PM   #299
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TKCR. You should develop a seat cover for our trucks made out of Carhart type black or tan, heavy cotton canvas. It would need to be pre shrunk so we can remove and wash with a non generic, specific fit, easy installation , and hardware that outlast the fabric.
I would give $200+ for something like that.
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Old 04-20-2019, 05:46 PM   #300
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TKCR. You should develop a seat cover for our trucks made out of Carhart type black or tan, heavy cotton canvas. It would need to be pre shrunk so we can remove and wash with a non generic, specific fit, easy installation , and hardware that outlast the fabric.
I would give $200+ for something like that.
Sounds like an excellent idea. Something like the Saddle Blanket, only made out of a heavy cotton canvas. I would almost bet there is something out there like that already.
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