Aftermarket seats in 72 Chero

Discussion in 'Ranchero Tech Help' started by John Vlieger, Dec 7, 2019.

  1. Rods N Restos

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    I would think Tahoe /Suburban seat would be too big or high for a Ranchero plus he already has the Lexus seats.
    It's not hard to install the aftermarket 3 point seatbelts and if he can't weld I'm sure he can have someone do it as he will need something welded for seat tracks no matter what make and model seats he uses
     
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    Hey, just presenting a suggestion, but to be honest, it'd be the seat tracks that would make them too big, not the seats themselves. My last boss owns a '99 Tahoe, leather seats, and frankly, they were not all that big, and I didn't have a whole lot of leg room
     
  3. John Vlieger

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    Small road block. Removed the carpet and the rust is much worse than I thought. Going to have to have the whole drivers side replaced and about half of the passenger side.

    On the plus side, this should make the aftermarket seat install a little easier. Might just end up paying for them to do it around the same time.

    The window seals were not great when this car was my daily driver in my teens, so this is the price I pay.
     

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    Well -- from a safety aspect it's hard to see how the seat-mounted belts would improve things. If the floor mounted belts weren't enough, then the seat mounts wouldn't be better. More convenient maybe, but not safer that the cab mounts.
     
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  7. John Vlieger

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    Can anyone tell me which floor pan sections I need? Don't know where the cut off is for the floor pans listed on Dearborn Classic or C2 Fab's websites.

    On the passenger side looks like just the section where the seat was needs to be replaced. On the drivers side its the same, plus all the way to the pedals. I'm going to be grinding/cutting out the cancer this week to get a better handle on it, and the plus side is mounting the seats will be easier without the OEM brackets in the way. Do I need all three pans for the drivers side?

    https://www.dearbornclassics.com/ex...RD%7eRANCHERO%27/exterior-parts-and-trim.html
     
  8. RANCHEROROB

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    I would not cut out the old floor pans until you get the new ones.
    The seat brackets may actually be part of the floor brace and probably not included with the new floor pan.
    you need that brace across the floor
     
  9. John Vlieger

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    I plan on putting a replacement seat mount/brace across where the OEM one is in some way or another.

    Should I order all three sections for the drivers side, then?
     
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    Hey TestDummy, how did the seat-mounted belts in the Turn-of-the-Millenium Chevy full-size SUV's fare in head-on and side-impact tests?
     
  11. Rods N Restos

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    Careful as that factory seat riser brace is the middle structure of that floor and no they are not available aftermarket and the floor pans I believe are 3 piece aftermarket but might have been 2 piece from factory.
    There is a seam at front where it joins to the tow kick on firewall.
    Not exactly sure where the middle seam is,but probably under seat riser frame so it all welds together to strengthen the seam
     
  12. John Vlieger

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    There is a restoration shop nearby that I talked to. They are more than willing to take care of it and make it stronger than spec. Gonna cost, but they can mount the Lexus seats along with repairing the floor/bracing.

    http://capitalrestorationsky.com/contact/
     
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  14. Rods N Restos

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    You I do Restorations too.
    I plan on building all new floor pans from scratch on the 76 Ranchero body as they are severely rusted.
    I'm also bringing the front bed bulkhead all the way to floor and eliminate where spare tire goes under the bed floor as that is how alot of the floor rusted as there was holes in bed floor that let water in so I will build a box tube steel framing then make my own custom floor pans with bead roller and weld it all together as also having a roll cage that will go through Lexan rear window and tie into the narrowed rear frame as I'm going ProStreet so it will have race car style rear frame and roll cage will be tied into frame with steel cross-member so even though it's a body on frame the frame and body will be tied together and body will no longer be removable without cutting it apart
     
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    3 point belts are fine for street use.
    4 point racing belts can't be safely installed without roll bar and unless its ProStreet not many want a Roll cage or Roll bar in their street vehicle
     
  16. ron schlorff

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    Nice discussion on adapting other car seats to Cheros. Reminds me I have '95 Mercury Tracer (same as Ford Escort I think) buckets (to replace the useless ratty bench that was in it) in my 64 Chero, w/ a 65 grill :D (see pic). They have nice little head rests attached, but you can't see well under my "greasy pants cheapy seat covers" here, to protect the nice light gray velour-like cloth fabric; but you get the idea. Google Tracers to see them. Need to get more pics to post. Bolted pretty close to right in the stock rail locations on the floor. Has forward and backward adjustment rail but I have set all the way back to the tray for comfort for me; it (each one) tilts straight forward by a lever on side for access to the behind the seat "junk storage" area. Nice set up, and cheap; got at junk yard,.. both, for 100 bucks, in perfect condition!! I think several years, say 94-98, Tracers and Escorts had the same type bucket seats, and could work for the early 60-65 Cheros. I have the cloth seats but I think I have seen some aftermarket seat covers in vinyl (many colors) to put on these too,... for about 200 bucks for a set.
     

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