View Full Version : Interior: Buying seats from a wrecking yard

05-08-2015, 07:42 PM
Over the recent past we've had several threads about choosing and purchasing seats from a wrecking yard for Studebakers.

On one thread, a poster mentioned trying all the electrics both motors and heaters, before taking them home. Good advice.

One other I've learned the hard way is seats from wrecks can have bent frames. It isn't always obvious by looking, but in an impact, the body inertia from drivers and passengers can bend the sheet metal frames. Suggest putting them on the floor, sitting in them, closing eyes and feeling does the back feel in line with the seat bottom?

For pickups, some modern seats have thicker backs and can push we long-legged folk too far forward. I look for the thinnest possible back on a seat going into a truck.

What other suggestions do we have to share?

jack vines

Bob Andrews
05-08-2015, 09:55 PM
Be careful about the electronics in some of the modern seats. You may think that all you need to do is run a power and ground, but many of them need a body control module to run them. You can end up with a lovely pair of seats that you are unable to rewire to adjust.

05-09-2015, 08:04 AM
Excellent advice above. Also be sure they will fold forward enough to get into the back seat, if important. For seats with the belts integral to the seats, be sure the belts work as newer one are permanently set after an accident.

Get as much of the wiring harness as you can, up to the switches or, at least, the harness end that plugs into the switches. That will help in the rewiring as it will let you follow the wiring diagram you located. You did take the time to find that didn't you?

Also remember that if you plan to test them at the yard, the pretty yellow wire is generally connected to the air bag. It will only work once.