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#1448388 Sun Apr 17 2022 01:43 AM
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52Carl Offline OP
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What are the best choices for late model seats for a '52? I heard that second or third row seats of Suburbans work . What year range should I be looking for? I would like them to have the seat belts integrated in the seat itself.

52Carl #1448414 Sun Apr 17 2022 12:24 PM
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I bought front seats from a '99 Silverado that have the integrated seat belts. I have not installed them yet but I have set them on the floor pan and measured from the floor to the seat cushion and sat on the driver's seat to get a feel for position. Based on the measurement and the seat of the pants feel I plan to raise the seal mounting 1 1/2" up from the floor surface (my truck had the seat riser removed previously).

Hopefully someone else will provide a more complete answer to your question.


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52Carl #1448415 Sun Apr 17 2022 12:54 PM
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A tape measure and a junkyard are your best friend. Also measure back height as many do not like the seat back protruding into the back window opening. If you are like many (guilty) where height and/or belly relegates the seat to the rear most position then check out non adjustable rear seats also. There is a BMW rear seat (year? model?) that is classy, correct measurements, and an easy install with no riser. As stated a tape measure is mandatory. It does not have an included seat belt which might disqualify it.


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52Carl #1448428 Sun Apr 17 2022 02:12 PM
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Carl, I've always thought the Buick LaSabre seats Ron (We be Old) is running would be very comfortable , they do have intergral belts and the headrest is removable. I've got a '01 Buick Park Avenue behind the shop with a very good low mileage tan leather interior (82k). I've been tempted to seriously look at swapping the front seats into my truck. Only two problems with that idea, the truck is still 6v so no seat power option and second I really like how the original seat looks since I recovered it.

That all said, if I was looking for decadent comfort, I'd investigate using a set of Buick PA seats.

RonR


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



52Carl #1448429 Sun Apr 17 2022 02:16 PM
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I have a 2004 LeSabre sitting in the garage so can pull measurements if you want them. Can't take a picture till new camera battery gets here. It is a 60-40 bench seat with the drivers side being the widest. Each section adjusts individually. Facebook "Market" has lots of pictures of the seat in both cloth and leather. When it comes to leather I think it's only good use is to keep cows from getting water logged.


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52Carl #1448477 Sun Apr 17 2022 07:36 PM
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Carl, I'm going to take back my suggestion on the Park Avenue seats. I looked at them today and they look too big. The seat bottoms are too long and the back too thick. Now, if one wanted to fight the good fight and make em fit, I think they'd be pretty comfortable.

RonR


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



coilover #1448497 Sun Apr 17 2022 09:08 PM
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52Carl Offline OP
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Originally Posted by coilover
A tape measure and a junkyard are your best friend. Also measure back height as many do not like the seat back protruding into the back window opening. If you are like many (guilty) where height and/or belly relegates the seat to the rear most position then check out non adjustable rear seats also. There is a BMW rear seat (year? model?) that is classy, correct measurements, and an easy install with no riser. As stated a tape measure is mandatory. It does not have an included seat belt which might disqualify it.
Good point on the tape measure.
Problem is, the guy I am building the truck for can't read a tape measure and bought bucket seats which puts the headrest outside of the corner glass hole and the seat back is 4" too thick and the seat is 4" too long. I gave him precise measurements to boot.
I guess I have to do everything for this guy.


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