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Hippie
09-12-2007, 08:15 PM
I hope you guys don't start thinking I'm an attention whore but being new to Studebaker's I have a LOT of questions and when I get interested in something I dive in head first. This one is more of an opion request. I find the stock front seat in my '55 to be very "awkward" feeling and since I plan to spend a lot of time in it I'd like it to be more comfortable. My old work car just puked the torque converter so it is destined for the crusher. It is a 1990 Buick Regal Limited Coupe and it has a really sweet 6-way power 60/40 split bench with fully reclining backs and a fold down center armrest that just happens to be VERY similar in shape to the rear seat armrest in my '55 Commaner Regal Coupe. ( My "new" work car is a '96 Regal Gran Sport Sedan, anybody see a pattern here? ) It is also the exact same width. It has excellent lumbar and side support and is very comfy on long drives. If I ditched the headrests and had it upholstered to match my interior do you think it would look too out of place in a '55?

Analog man in a digital world.

rockne10
09-12-2007, 08:56 PM
Once modified, you're not judged on originality but on the quality of the work. The 60/40 split bench without the headrests would sound appealing to me.

rockne10
09-12-2007, 08:56 PM
Once modified, you're not judged on originality but on the quality of the work. The 60/40 split bench without the headrests would sound appealing to me.

Hippie
09-12-2007, 09:06 PM
Thanks. BTW Just re-read my initial post........ [:I] I really CAN spell, honest. I just can't type! ;)

Analog man in a digital world.

Hippie
09-12-2007, 09:06 PM
Thanks. BTW Just re-read my initial post........ [:I] I really CAN spell, honest. I just can't type! ;)

Analog man in a digital world.

Swifster
09-12-2007, 09:08 PM
It shouldn't be too hard for a trim shop to stitch you up some new covers in the same pattern as the '55. After fitting the seats, you might even find a buyer for the original bench.

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Tom - Valrico, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $1755.45)

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Swifster
09-12-2007, 09:08 PM
It shouldn't be too hard for a trim shop to stitch you up some new covers in the same pattern as the '55. After fitting the seats, you might even find a buyer for the original bench.

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Tom - Valrico, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $1755.45)

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Hippie
09-12-2007, 09:37 PM
Previous owner had the interior re-done in a non-stock grey cloth by a local shop so getting a match won't be a problem. They did use factory stainless trim pieces so it at least has some recognizable Studebaker features. It's actually a very nice job but I really wish he had gone back to an original style upholstrey or at least color because all the dash and metal window frames are light green and in good shape and I plan to keep them all original. Eventually I will go back to something closer to a stock upholstrey.

Analog man in a digital world.

Hippie
09-12-2007, 09:37 PM
Previous owner had the interior re-done in a non-stock grey cloth by a local shop so getting a match won't be a problem. They did use factory stainless trim pieces so it at least has some recognizable Studebaker features. It's actually a very nice job but I really wish he had gone back to an original style upholstrey or at least color because all the dash and metal window frames are light green and in good shape and I plan to keep them all original. Eventually I will go back to something closer to a stock upholstrey.

Analog man in a digital world.

bams50
09-13-2007, 05:29 AM
I'm a big fan of 80s-90s Chrysler product seats- esp. mid-late 80s cars like the Fifth Aves[8D]

I do know the seats from the Plymouth Acclaim and it's Dodge sister fit almost perfectly in a Lark body, if that helps.

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

bams50
09-13-2007, 05:29 AM
I'm a big fan of 80s-90s Chrysler product seats- esp. mid-late 80s cars like the Fifth Aves[8D]

I do know the seats from the Plymouth Acclaim and it's Dodge sister fit almost perfectly in a Lark body, if that helps.

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

52hawk
09-13-2007, 05:36 AM
A modern seat that you like might make a big difference in your driving enjoyment. The buckets in my Hawk were advertised as big comfortable seats,but to me,the milk basket I'm using for a seat right now is as comfortable as the stock seat.
You might experiment with using the rear seat from the Buick also.If you could get the bottom to fit over the floor hump at least the seats would match.

LaSalle,Il
61Hawk

52hawk
09-13-2007, 05:36 AM
A modern seat that you like might make a big difference in your driving enjoyment. The buckets in my Hawk were advertised as big comfortable seats,but to me,the milk basket I'm using for a seat right now is as comfortable as the stock seat.
You might experiment with using the rear seat from the Buick also.If you could get the bottom to fit over the floor hump at least the seats would match.

LaSalle,Il
61Hawk

dallastx75208
09-13-2007, 07:02 AM
I have a 62 Hawk that I would like to change out, the front seats, making a daily driver. What seats do you plan on getting to fit in your Hawk?


quote:Originally posted by 52hawk

A modern seat that you like might make a big difference in your driving enjoyment. The buckets in my Hawk were advertised as big comfortable seats,but to me,the milk basket I'm using for a seat right now is as comfortable as the stock seat.
You might experiment with using the rear seat from the Buick also.If you could get the bottom to fit over the floor hump at least the seats would match.

LaSalle,Il
61Hawk

dallastx75208
09-13-2007, 07:02 AM
I have a 62 Hawk that I would like to change out, the front seats, making a daily driver. What seats do you plan on getting to fit in your Hawk?


quote:Originally posted by 52hawk

A modern seat that you like might make a big difference in your driving enjoyment. The buckets in my Hawk were advertised as big comfortable seats,but to me,the milk basket I'm using for a seat right now is as comfortable as the stock seat.
You might experiment with using the rear seat from the Buick also.If you could get the bottom to fit over the floor hump at least the seats would match.

LaSalle,Il
61Hawk

53k
09-13-2007, 02:05 PM
quote:Originally posted by Hippie

I hope you guys don't start thinking I'm an attention whore but being new to Studebaker's I have a LOT of questions and when I get interested in something I dive in head first. This one is more of an opion request. I find the stock front seat in my '55 to be very "awkward" feeling and since I plan to spend a lot of time in it I'd like it to be more comfortable. My old work car just puked the torque converter so it is destined for the crusher. It is a 1990 Buick Regal Limited Coupe and it has a really sweet 6-way power 60/40 split bench with fully reclining backs and a fold down center armrest that just happens to be VERY similar in shape to the rear seat armrest in my '55 Commaner Regal Coupe. ( My "new" work car is a '96 Regal Gran Sport Sedan, anybody see a pattern here? ) It is also the exact same width. It has excellent lumbar and side support and is very comfy on long drives. If I ditched the headrests and had it upholstered to match my interior do you think it would look too out of place in a '55?

Bob Johnstone has a power seat setup from an early 90s (I think) Chrysler in his '64 GT Hawk- works great. That's probably pretty similar in size to the Buick seat. Go for it.


[img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson
'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine

53k
09-13-2007, 02:05 PM
quote:Originally posted by Hippie

I hope you guys don't start thinking I'm an attention whore but being new to Studebaker's I have a LOT of questions and when I get interested in something I dive in head first. This one is more of an opion request. I find the stock front seat in my '55 to be very "awkward" feeling and since I plan to spend a lot of time in it I'd like it to be more comfortable. My old work car just puked the torque converter so it is destined for the crusher. It is a 1990 Buick Regal Limited Coupe and it has a really sweet 6-way power 60/40 split bench with fully reclining backs and a fold down center armrest that just happens to be VERY similar in shape to the rear seat armrest in my '55 Commaner Regal Coupe. ( My "new" work car is a '96 Regal Gran Sport Sedan, anybody see a pattern here? ) It is also the exact same width. It has excellent lumbar and side support and is very comfy on long drives. If I ditched the headrests and had it upholstered to match my interior do you think it would look too out of place in a '55?

Bob Johnstone has a power seat setup from an early 90s (I think) Chrysler in his '64 GT Hawk- works great. That's probably pretty similar in size to the Buick seat. Go for it.


[img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson
'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine

52hawk
09-13-2007, 06:05 PM
quote:Originally posted by dallastx75208

I have a 62 Hawk that I would like to change out, the front seats, making a daily driver. What seats do you plan on getting to fit in your Hawk?
I don't know yet.When I get that far,I'll search the local bone yards.My interior is black,and the black buckets are the first thing to go on a junker,so they are hard to find.But.I'd like something more form fitting,and plusher than the stock ones.Mine have been recovered,look OK,but the drivers seat is functionally 'shot'.

[quote]Originally posted by 52hawk

A modern seat that you like might make a big difference in your driving enjoyment. The buckets in my Hawk were advertised as big comfortable seats,but to me,the milk basket I'm using for a seat right now is as comfortable as the stock seat.
You might experiment with using the rear seat from the Buick also.If you could get the bottom to fit over the floor hump at least the seats would match.

LaSalle,Il
61Hawk




LaSalle,Il
61Hawk

52hawk
09-13-2007, 06:05 PM
quote:Originally posted by dallastx75208

I have a 62 Hawk that I would like to change out, the front seats, making a daily driver. What seats do you plan on getting to fit in your Hawk?
I don't know yet.When I get that far,I'll search the local bone yards.My interior is black,and the black buckets are the first thing to go on a junker,so they are hard to find.But.I'd like something more form fitting,and plusher than the stock ones.Mine have been recovered,look OK,but the drivers seat is functionally 'shot'.

[quote]Originally posted by 52hawk

A modern seat that you like might make a big difference in your driving enjoyment. The buckets in my Hawk were advertised as big comfortable seats,but to me,the milk basket I'm using for a seat right now is as comfortable as the stock seat.
You might experiment with using the rear seat from the Buick also.If you could get the bottom to fit over the floor hump at least the seats would match.

LaSalle,Il
61Hawk




LaSalle,Il
61Hawk

63larkcustom
09-13-2007, 06:18 PM
I'm gonna find a set of late 80s fifth avenue seats for Lucy, they are very comfy. and should mount up easily.

63larkcustom
09-13-2007, 06:18 PM
I'm gonna find a set of late 80s fifth avenue seats for Lucy, they are very comfy. and should mount up easily.

Hippie
09-13-2007, 07:38 PM
I'm doin' it. Thanks all. [8D]

Analog man in a digital world.

Hippie
09-13-2007, 07:38 PM
I'm doin' it. Thanks all. [8D]

Analog man in a digital world.

sbca96
09-14-2007, 02:55 AM
I installed Porsche seats in my '60 Hawk years ago, that made SUCH a
difference. The seats in my Avanti were killing my back in even the
shortest trip, so I installed 1997 Camaro Z28 convertible seats. They
are an almost perfect match. I was asked at a recent car show if they
were expensive Recaros. I paid about $250 bucks for the front and the
rear seats, though I only used the fronts. The stock Avanti sliders
almost fit the Camaro seats perfectly. The convertible seats dont have
the seat belt loop on the top outside of the seatback. They are SO
much more comfortable, its not such a torture to drive!

http://hometown.aol.com/sbca96/images/Avantinewimages/Avanti_seat_upgrade/Camaro_seats_4_Avanti_041a.jpg

http://hometown.aol.com/sbca96/images/Avantinewimages/Avanti_seat_upgrade/Camaro_seats_4_Avanti_042a.jpg

Tom

'63 Avanti, zinc plated drilled & slotted 03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, soon: 97 Z28 T-56 6-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves, 'R3' 276 cam, Edelbrock AFB Carb, GM HEI distributor, 8.8mm plug wires

sbca96
09-14-2007, 02:55 AM
I installed Porsche seats in my '60 Hawk years ago, that made SUCH a
difference. The seats in my Avanti were killing my back in even the
shortest trip, so I installed 1997 Camaro Z28 convertible seats. They
are an almost perfect match. I was asked at a recent car show if they
were expensive Recaros. I paid about $250 bucks for the front and the
rear seats, though I only used the fronts. The stock Avanti sliders
almost fit the Camaro seats perfectly. The convertible seats dont have
the seat belt loop on the top outside of the seatback. They are SO
much more comfortable, its not such a torture to drive!

http://hometown.aol.com/sbca96/images/Avantinewimages/Avanti_seat_upgrade/Camaro_seats_4_Avanti_041a.jpg

http://hometown.aol.com/sbca96/images/Avantinewimages/Avanti_seat_upgrade/Camaro_seats_4_Avanti_042a.jpg

Tom

'63 Avanti, zinc plated drilled & slotted 03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, soon: 97 Z28 T-56 6-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves, 'R3' 276 cam, Edelbrock AFB Carb, GM HEI distributor, 8.8mm plug wires