Can a Bench Be Turned Into Buckets?

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I have an 83 MC with an absolutely mint blue interior. I had to install a floor shifter for my LS swap, and I just don’t like the way it looks. The plan is to swap to buckets and a console now. Unfortunately, finding my 2-year only interior color is hard, and any repro seat covers I can find are that velvety material. Mine has the textured mini diamond material. Is it possible to have the center section of the bench cut out and the material tucked (the seat backs are already independent?) Obviously I’d have to put bucket tracks on them. I’m just trying to keep my front and back seats matching, with the interior still looking stock.
 
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(the seat backs are already independent?)
If it is a full bench then the inner mounts are probably not there to mount bucket seat tracks to but they are available new and used.
 
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So are you saying this has 60/40 seats and not a full bench? If it is a full bench then the inner mounts are probably not there to mount bucket seat tracks to but they are available new and used.
No, it’s a full bench. But the driver and passenger backs are bucket width and fold down independently, as the center of the back is the flip down armrest. I know I’ll have to weld the mounts to the floor, I’m just wondering if anyone has actually cut the center out of a full bench to make bucket seats.
 
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I have done 60/40 seats but trying to split a bench when there is no provision for inner mounts and the seat gets very thin in the center to compensate for the transmission hump and then there is trying to rework the material to fit the new contours, all of this work would require extensive fabrication and I still don't think it would look good or right IMO.
Below is 60/40 seats I did years ago before I changed to actual buckets.
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I hadn’t thought about the seat being thinner over the hump, good call. I guess another option would be pulling the covers off the bench and having an upholstery shop use that to cover a set of buckets.
 
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I hadn’t thought about the seat being thinner over the hump, good call. I guess another option would be pulling the covers off the bench and having an upholstery shop use that to cover a set of buckets.
If it is possible to use your existing covers you might be better off looking for a set of 60/40 seats since the backs might end up being the same and you only have to modify the passenger side bottom to fit a console, as long as you don't mind not having true buckets.
 
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If it is possible to use your existing covers you might be better off looking for a set of 60/40 seats since the backs might end up being the same and you only have to modify the passenger side bottom to fit a console, as long as you don't mind not having true buckets.
That’s a good idea. I don’t care about not having true buckets. That doesn’t bother me.
 
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Why did you have to use a floor shifter?
 
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We just couldn’t adapt the 4l80 to the column shifter.
Headers in the way? I have the factory shifter hooked up to the 80e in the Malibu but have no exhaust going down the drivers side. I think Motorhead Mike designed some masterpiece for his wagon. I'd look but that thread is huge.
 

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