The Forums Home | Tech Tips | Gallery | FAQ | Events | Features | Search
Fixing the old truck

Are you one?
Not a hanging chad... The Shop Area
continues to pull in the most views on the Stovebolt. In August alone there were over 36,294 views in those 12 forums.

Searching the Site

Get info about how to search the entire Stovebolt site here. To do a search for just the forums, get those details in the IT Shortbus fourm.
Who's Online Now
16 members (GMCJammer51, 32vsnake, Donf, Gdads51, baldeagle, 68ironhead, 1 invisible), 128 guests, and 3 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
The Zone
Forum Statistics
Most Online1,229
Jan 21st, 2020
Step-by-step instructions for pictures in the forums
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
#1290222 Fri Dec 07 2018 08:32 PM
Joined: Dec 2017
Posts: 31
Wrench Fetcher
I'm not saying others can't pipe in but this is meant to be regarding Task Force era trucks.
I've seen countless posts on this topic but most all of the posts are like 10-15 years old and even older. I've "read" that the TF trucks had a 53" seat (my truck doesn't have a seat so I can't be sure) and maybe I shouldn't worry about it but, I'm not sure I'm satisfied with the options I'm reading about. The GMT400 bench seats are said to be 60" wide so they weren't a perfect fit but a lot of people say they used them and they work well. The 70s truck benches I've seen suggested would probably be as hard as an original seat source. The suburban seats people say they use all look to be around 49" so they are closer but still like 4" small. I've also heard park avenue seats but the head rests stick up or safari van seats but all of these options were presented 10+ years ago and none of them were perfect. I can see how back in the day options were limited and people used what was available but I wonder if there are seats out there now that will put the driver more in line with the steering wheel and be a closer fit than the 20-30 year old vehicles people suggested in the past. The difference in this post from the others is to find out if any NEWER seats fit BETTER. I'm also welcome the experiences of what maybe did NOT work or explanations on why other/older seats are still the best option.

I tried doing some homework on my own but eventually I got down to the "work smarter not harder" method and decided to use the power of the people.
I'm wondering about some of these newer crossovers that weren't around 20 years ago, or maybe a "mid sized" truck, or really anything you can think of.

So far I have found that the 2012 Colorado had a 53.3" seat but I don't have one to try and haven't been able to find anyone who has posted an experience with it. Has anyone ever tried this or any other options? What were your findings? How did they look, feel, fit, function? Pictures are welcome!

55 3800
ethanm90 #1290279 Sat Dec 08 2018 02:32 AM
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 12,860
Cruising in the Passing Lane
60/40 seats from an 86 GM truck fit snug and are easy to mount


Moved over to the Passing Lane

"When we tug a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world" ~ John Muir
"When we tug a single thing on an old truck, we find it falls off" ~ me
Some TF series details [] & TF heater pics []
ethanm90 #1290287 Sat Dec 08 2018 05:00 AM
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 2,261
Fox Offline
A teacher, but always an apprentice.
I put an 88-93 GM truck bench seat in my AD 1 ton. It required a little modification, it nearly touches both doors but is a great seat and fit in my mind.

In the Stovebolt Gallery []
More pictures here []

1951 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- Rusty- the puzzle box lid for the C10.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.
1962 AMC Rambler American- my wife’s

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
ethanm90 #1290290 Sat Dec 08 2018 05:27 AM
Joined: Mar 2013
Posts: 186
Not sure of the year,maybe late 80 early 90 ford ranger 60/40 with the drop down center arm rest is a good fit, maybe a bit narrow. Ive got bucket seat out of a 92 dodge caravan in mine.(54) sit a little high but i like them.

ethanm90 #1290296 Sat Dec 08 2018 11:38 AM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 3,173
I have found that a junkyard and a tape measure cures any seat problem. You can even "butt" check them before committing.

ethanm90 #1290501 Mon Dec 10 2018 06:36 AM
Joined: Mar 2013
Posts: 186
Thats the best way !

ethanm90 #1290636 Tue Dec 11 2018 12:57 PM
Joined: Dec 2017
Posts: 31
Wrench Fetcher
so nobody has tried a Colorado seat?

55 3800
ethanm90 #1290664 Tue Dec 11 2018 03:28 PM
Joined: Jan 2000
Posts: 600
The junkyard and tape measure method works. I bought my seats for my 1957 Task Force through eBay (they posted the measurements).
As long as the measurements are close most seats could probably be made to work. I needed bucket seats because of shifter clearance issues. I have a
three speed OD trans with floor shift. The seats I bought were from a 2001 Audio. I just made an intermediate submount and it worked fine.
Also, I was able to keep the electric control for seat positioning (didn't need the seat warmers). Since the seats were "leather," I was able to
dye them a more appropriate color. It was confusing for me at first also, but it is one of those things, that once you commit you can make it work.
I do sometimes get comments of "Not period correct." But none of those people were in the garage when I had to figure this out and configure
the install.

Moderated by  Gdads51 

Link Copied to Clipboard
Home | FAQ | Gallery | Tech Tips | Events | Features | Search | Hoo-Ya Shop
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5