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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Sep 19th, 18, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Has anybody put newer bucket seats in their 66 Chevelle? My car is bench seat and it is kind of bagged out, I have a lot of back issues I am thinking about going to the salvage yard and trying to find a set of bucket seats out of a newer vehicle that would fit without a lot of modifications as far as the mounting goes. I would prefer to go with something non-power as I don't feel like messing around with any wiring.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Sep 19th, 18, 11:05 AM
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Re: Seats

I put a set of 07 maxima seats in my 64. They are the most comfortable seats I've ever sat in and love the way they feel. I do have to re-do my mounts as they're not 100% to my liking. The high back bucket looks a little weird in the car, but I'd jump in that car and drive across the country if I had to. (maybe with noise cancelling headphones and ear plugs)

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It's more comfortable than cool. I'd love to have the funds to do it right, but these were available at a good price, were in great shape, and feel incredible. Factory bench was falling apart and would have been on top of the shifter so I had to do something.

Had a shot of windshield trim but you can see how they sit.

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It's more comfortable than cool. I'd love to have the funds to do it right, but these were available at a good price, were in great shape, and feel incredible. Factory bench was falling apart and would have been on top of the shifter so I had to do something.

Had a shot of windshield trim but you can see how they sit.

Did you go with the whole welding in the seat track to the pan, or just bolt them in?

I find the bench seat in my Monte Carlo kind of awkward. Im not a super tall guy, but i feel like i sit too high, too close to the steering wheel, and too far away from the pedals. i have been thinking buckets could lower me down some, and maybe cure some of these issues.

I'm wondering how "wrong" it is to just bolt some sweet buckets to the floor pan and ditch the bench. When i got the car, the bench was ridiculously close to the steering wheel. i made a new seat track that the bench sits on, to get it to go back further. Kind of amazed for as big of a car as it is, there really isnt leg room in the back. not that im concerned about me sitting in the back anytime soon.
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Did you go with the whole welding in the seat track to the pan, or just bolt them in?

I find the bench seat in my Monte Carlo kind of awkward. Im not a super tall guy, but i feel like i sit too high, too close to the steering wheel, and too far away from the pedals. i have been thinking buckets could lower me down some, and maybe cure some of these issues.

I'm wondering how "wrong" it is to just bolt some sweet buckets to the floor pan and ditch the bench. When i got the car, the bench was ridiculously close to the steering wheel. i made a new seat track that the bench sits on, to get it to go back further. Kind of amazed for as big of a car as it is, there really isnt leg room in the back. not that im concerned about me sitting in the back anytime soon.
I'm 6'1", 230, have the seats so far back I about have to use my tip toe to hit the high beams. I swapped the rear bracket on the track (welded bracket to track) and bolted them in. Front mounts work, had to use 1/2" spacer on right front mount. Like I said, I'll have to redo the mounts at some point as the seats aren't sitting 100% straight up, they both lean towards the center of the car. The seat pans are pretty contoured in our cars so getting the seats level and straight is a little challenge. But again, comfortable as can be. Got them from the local pull a part for $50/ea. Luckily went on the day new cars were put out, otherwise people pull them and triple their money on craigslist with them.

Existing pic I had of the dash, you can see how much leg room I have now, little room in the backseat though.


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'12 camaro leather buckets in my 68 Malibu, 6 way power on drv side (wife's 5' tall) with adapter bracket from ebay
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Maybe you could acquire some bucket seats of your choosing and then use either some repo.tracks or original tracks and the weld in Chevelle bucket mounts as may be less hassle getting them to fit with the contour of your floor pan.
Most modern seats in all but base model cars are power. If you can adapt Chevelle tracks to modern seats you probably could bypass the power issue.
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Thanks for all the replies, went to the yard yesterday looking like I may try seats from a Chevy Cobalt 2 door, my friend runs the place he said I could take a seat and try it in the Chevelle. These seats have a removable headrest which I think I would remove and have the seats recovered with vinyl to make them look more authentic? I think it would be neat to put the original style seat medallions on the seats once they're recovered also.I will see what it takes to mount them I will keep you posted, thanks again.
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If you are going to use those seats and as long as you are going to have them recovered might think a out having them done in same pattern as 66 seats. If memory serves correct your car is more on the original side.
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