I am in the process of restoring a 1953 Chevy 3100 pickup and I was wondering if anybody has put a different seat in their truck. I would like to reuse the original seat mount and frame but my springs are totally rusted out and beyond repair. Any ideas on what other seats would fit in the old frame?
hmm... my replys are not posting.. let me try a different wayhttp://www.streetrodderweb.com/tech/1303sr_1947_chevrolet_pickup_interior_insulation_and_seating/mattress manufacturers might be able to duplicate that in a few hours.. think about 3rd or 4th row bench seats out of vans for donors.. check the active posts for the second forum post on seat springs.. i about to bump it..
while waiting for an answer...i think i saw an article in either this or custom classic trucks on rebuilding http://www.customclassictrucks.com/techarticles/1312_1965_ford_f_100_bench_seat_restoration/some studying how seats are assembled in the junk yard.. you might be if you are going to do your own.. or have a shop do the seats.. you could have them create some seat ... i forget what they call them.. indents that prevent the seat of your pants from sliding around quite so much.. before walking into a shop carrying those rusty seat springs...see if you have a sand blasting company who might do some rust and scale removal for you.. and have a thin layer of paint or primer applied.. so it does not leave RUST streaks or dirty hands when they touch it.. you will find much happier to you responses when you show it to people.. how about the 3rd row from a mini van seat... or even 3rd row seat from a full size van seat.. or the 4th row even from a full size van seat.. i don't know off the top of my head about seat widths... take a cardboard pattern or a hallway runner cut into a pattern to unroll across the junk yard seat to check the length.
Might want to check these guys out. They build custom one off seat frames for just about anything old and hard to find. From what Ive been told they are very reasonable and great quality. Ive seen them on a few forums and they look to be doing nice work. www.Hotrodseatframes.com