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Retrofit Center Armrest in Original Seat?
#1377303 Wed Sep 16 2020 04:49 PM
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Has anyone ever retrofitted a fold down center arm rest into an original seat frame? I've seen fixed center armrests/consoles, and of course plenty of whole seat replacements but it would be interesting to do something that looks and feels like it came with the truck. Will work on creating something if someone else hasn't already invented this particular bit.

Re: Retrofit Center Armrest in Original Seat?
PapaDisco #1377308 Wed Sep 16 2020 05:24 PM
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What year and model truck?


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Retrofit Center Armrest in Original Seat?
PapaDisco #1377309 Wed Sep 16 2020 05:29 PM
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I love my igloo “little kool rest”. I got a old maroon one that fits the factory interior perfectly. I agree a center console for armrest/storage is a must.

** my door panel in the pic was brown but its now covered in the same material as the seat so it all blends nicely.

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Re: Retrofit Center Armrest in Original Seat?
tclederman #1377386 Thu Sep 17 2020 05:10 AM
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Originally Posted by tclederman
What year and model truck?
'49 3600

I would think that the simple seat frame in the AD series would be easy to put a fold down armrest into, but getting it to look like it belongs probably takes a good eye for design. You'd like something that would make people say, "Hey! I didn't know they had an armrest option in 1949!" ;-P

Re: Retrofit Center Armrest in Original Seat?
PapaDisco #1377400 Thu Sep 17 2020 10:50 AM
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I hope we see additional examples for armrest/storage ideas.

Barnfind49's example is a possible option. It came in different color combinations. It looks like they are not still in production (from the 60s-70s?). Several are listed on eBay and on Pinterest.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]

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