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1953 3100 Seat Options (photos) #1337728 Sun Dec 15 2019 03:10 PM
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Tony A Offline OP
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I've read through the forums, but it seems everyone is either in Team "Bucket Seats" or Team "Original" when it comes to seat replacements.

Myself, I want the best of both worlds:

*** Bench style for an authentic vibe
*** Fold forward for access to some storage space
*** No headrests (again, want it to look close to original)
*** hidden console - mostly drive alone or w wife, but 3 seats always a good option

See my crude sketch and example upholstery.

WOuld love to hear feedback!

Tony

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Re: 1953 3100 Seat Options (photos) [Re: Tony A] #1338671 Sun Dec 22 2019 04:56 AM
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Fox Offline
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For on the cheap: 88-94 gmc/Chev bench seat. It cost me $100 total and some time. It’s a little wide but still fits. I removed the seat riser and had to weld in a couple 1” risers out of 1” square tubing, but it gives a lot of headroom, leg room and sits just right for “hanging the arm out the window” while cruising.
It checks most of your list, except the hidden console, but there is a lot of space under the seat now. Reupholster and it’d look very good.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/KpzQnRq1EvQ3yZqg9


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1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
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Re: 1953 3100 Seat Options (photos) [Re: Tony A] #1338717 Sun Dec 22 2019 07:43 PM
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Tony A Offline OP
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Does it fold forward as well? Is there enough space behind the seat to put a few items? Also looks like the front/bottom is now open. So you have access under the seat as well?

Thanks for the reply by the way.

Tony

Re: 1953 3100 Seat Options (photos) [Re: Tony A] #1338740 Sun Dec 22 2019 10:03 PM
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Justhorsenround Offline
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Find a bench seat from a Chevy LUV, S-10, rear seat from a GM SUV and do some measuring. One of them will be perfect.🛠


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'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2)
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Re: 1953 3100 Seat Options (photos) [Re: Tony A] #1340403 Sat Jan 04 2020 05:28 AM
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Fox Offline
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Pros:
Yes, it does fold forward. I still have the gas tank behind the seat, and yes, I can put items back there, but I am careful to not put anything near the fuel sender...just in case (paranoia but I’m sure it’s fine). I am also able to store things under the seat as it really opens it up under there. I keep my fire extinguisher, show wipes, cleaners, and booster cables under there now.
Headroom, legroom, steering wheel not in your face. I’m 6’ at 180lbs by the way. My brother in law is 6’4” and he has sat in it and said, “It’s a little cramped.” To which I said, “You should sit in one with a stock seat!”
Cheap.

Cons:
It is wider than stock. About 1/2” between door and seat edge on both sides.
Original seat riser removal and fab of 1” riders. Not too difficult. Spot weld cutting, and a little welding later. Done.
The fold down arm rest is just a tad off center and pushes you toward the LH door about an inch or so, but I still bloody like it.
Not original.

Or do as Martin suggests. I may have to try that on my next AD truck. 😃 The wreckers are your friends on this one. No harm in measuring up some seats.

Last edited by Fox; Sat Jan 04 2020 05:32 AM.

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- rusted
1970 Chevrolet K20 Suburban—rusted.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: 1953 3100 Seat Options (photos) [Re: Tony A] #1342153 Tue Jan 14 2020 05:44 PM
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olezippi Offline
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Bought this set of seats for my 49 last Sunday.

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1949 5 Window 3100

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