Has anyone installed aftermarket seats? - Impala Tech
Interiors Upholstery & Soft Trim

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-02-2019, 02:43 AM Thread Starter
 
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Amman, Jordan
Posts: 25
 
Has anyone installed aftermarket seats?

Has anyone installed aftermarket seats in their car?

I am looking to get away from my front bench seat in my '59, for several reasons: too much sliding around potential with a bench, installation of an (LS3 and) 6L80e transmission (and subsequent tunnel mods), buckets are generally more comfortable for longer rides, and the interest in a center console with arm rest. I am looking at a variety of styles and would like to have them be heated and cooled. From what I have read so far, late model car seats appear to have a 14-16" mounting width. Some examples that I am looking at are:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2007-2014-C...53.m1438.l2649

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2014-2015-I...53.m1438.l2649

https://www.ebay.com/itm/10-15-CHEVR...53.m1438.l2649

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2013-2014-2...53.m1438.l2649

I would appreciate any ideas and suggestion anyone might have gained from their experiences.

Thanks!
burrism is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-02-2019, 12:24 PM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 12,376
 
I have installed leather seats out of a Dodge Charger SE in a Chevy II, and a bunch of fiberglass and aluminum aftermarket seats (bare; not even padded) in Novas and Camaros. In every case I had to fabricate seat mounts to install the seats as none of them dropped in place on the floor pan.

Big Dave
Big Dave is online now  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-02-2019, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
 
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Amman, Jordan
Posts: 25
 
Thanks Dave. Luckily I am not in a hurry so I have time to test ride many different models. I expected the fabrication mounting part.
burrism is offline  
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-02-2019, 03:48 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 32
 
I recently had modern seats installed in my 66 Biscayne. The seats are out of a late model VW Golf GTI. The guy I bought them from had already had them recovered with intentions of installing them in his old Ford I believe. These seats are very comfortable and are fully adjustable manually with no need to wire anything up. The bolstering is fairly substantial and seem to hold me in place well. Of course I’ve only driven the car twice since installing them as the motor is being taken out for my LS swap.

I ordered the factory bucket seat brackets as my car had the bench originally but then shop doing the install couldn’t use them as they didn’t work well with the seats and factory floor together. They ended up making custom mounts for them. This isn’t the greatest pic but you get a good idea of them in the car. It definitely makes the interior look huge now as opposed to the old bench.




Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
camware is online now  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-02-2019, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
 
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Amman, Jordan
Posts: 25
 
burrism is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-05-2019, 10:27 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Piedmont, SC
Posts: 121
 
Garage
Here's what I need to have together for this year's Power Tour:

It's a pair of Corbeau seats and a 5th gen Camaro console. The hardest part of the whole project was converting the parking brake assembly.
I cut out the original bucket seat humps and made new mounting points to match the universal Corbeau rails.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	interior3sm.jpg
Views:	110
Size:	54.7 KB
ID:	22094   Click image for larger version

Name:	interior1sm.jpg
Views:	34
Size:	53.6 KB
ID:	22096  

1969 Imapala convertible build thread here:
https://www.pro-touring.com/threads/...ghlight=impala
justjohn is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-05-2019, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
 
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Amman, Jordan
Posts: 25
 
burrism is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-12-2019, 10:35 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 32
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by justjohn View Post
Here's what I need to have together for this year's Power Tour:



It's a pair of Corbeau seats and a 5th gen Camaro console. The hardest part of the whole project was converting the parking brake assembly.

I cut out the original bucket seat humps and made new mounting points to match the universal Corbeau rails.


Those seats look good. How do you like the Camaro console? I’m thinking of options for my car.




Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
camware is online now  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-13-2019, 07:29 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Piedmont, SC
Posts: 121
 
Garage
The Camaro console took some work and planning since I wanted to retain the parking brake instead of using the original foot brake. Also, I set it up higher than the OE console to actually function as an arm rest. Details are on the link in my sig.

1969 Imapala convertible build thread here:
https://www.pro-touring.com/threads/...ghlight=impala
justjohn is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Impala Tech forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome