1986 Bucket Seat Exchange

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Steve Worley

n00b
Oct 29, 2018
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I am very interested in exchanging my current bench seat for power buckets seats for both the driver and passenger sides. I have found ones that I like but they appear to be to wide on the base to fit. Does anyone have any recommendations or expereince in doing this. can you please make any reccomendations to me ?
 
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PBGBodyFan

Greasemonkey
Mar 3, 2009
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Wisconsin
Are the seats out of a newer car I assume? The brackets for putting any newer seat will need modification(s) and some custom work to make bolt in. Cutting/bolting/welding will be what it takes, some combination of those.
 
565bbchevy

565bbchevy

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Aug 8, 2011
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If you have a factory bench then there might not be inner mounts to actually mount buckets unless you actually have 60/40 seats.
 
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Doug Chahoy

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Nov 21, 2016
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I was checking into late 90s Cadillac Eldorado (the small years) . Real nice seats, both power and seem to be a good size. I couldn't find a nice enough set when I was looking, ended up with 96 Camaro leather w/power driver that are PERFECT
 
ssn696

ssn696

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Jul 19, 2009
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The bench and buckets both share the outer mount bracket floor mounting locations. You will lack the inner bracket floor mounts. If your seats have a different geometry, this does give you the freedom to put the mounts where you need them, but you will need to fabricate ones that make the seats level and parallel to the floor.
 
BOXCARS

BOXCARS

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Apr 29, 2017
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If you have a factory bench then there might not be inner mounts to actually mount buckets unless you actually have 60/40 seats.
What 565bb said is true. But if you don't have the 60/40s you can purchase the mounts from g-body parts or other vendors, and this will make your seats level.
 
MartellEST1986

MartellEST1986

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Jan 2, 2019
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I had a bench seat in my 78 El camino, found a set of buckets from a 86 Monte Carlo. Probably the worst move. I hated them, and at that point already sold my bench. I love the big comfy couch feel.
 
BOXCARS

BOXCARS

Master Mechanic
Apr 29, 2017
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I had a bench seat in my 78 El camino, found a set of buckets from a 86 Monte Carlo. Probably the worst move. I hated them, and at that point already sold my bench. I love the big comfy couch feel.
That's why I got rid of my buckets in my Grand National. Not really comfortable and easily soiled due to light colored cloth inserts. I was able to substitute 95 Buick Park Avenue Leather seats in their place.

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L.A.X-RATED

L.A.X-RATED

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That's why I got rid of my buckets in my Grand National. Not really comfortable and easily soiled due to light colored cloth inserts. I was able to substitute 95 Buick Park Avenue Leather seats in their place.
Now let’s get on to more interesting mods,like the horn button “retainer ring”?!?! 😎
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