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did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Friday, January 04, 2008 4:07 PM
im guessing the cimarron would be my best bet for this.....but did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?




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Re: did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Friday, January 04, 2008 6:05 PM
iirc a cimeran (sp) did and that's it.


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Re: did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Saturday, January 05, 2008 8:46 AM
yeah thats what i thought too....but i tried looking for some pics and couldnt find any.




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Re: did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Sunday, January 06, 2008 9:03 PM
I thought the Cimarron only came with leather buckets.



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Re: did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Monday, January 07, 2008 2:12 PM
That would be a negative. All J-cars have a console shifter/buckets.




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Re: did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Tuesday, January 08, 2008 8:56 PM
well damn




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Re: did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Wednesday, January 09, 2008 6:10 AM
Might want to look at the fitment of an A-body (Cutlass Ciera, 6000, Celebrity) bench seat. A bit wider than a J, but might work for what you're doing...which is what exactly?




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Re: did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Wednesday, January 09, 2008 2:12 PM
im kickin around the idea of a bench seat for my car. i prefer the cruiser look and feel and i think a bench seat would be nice. now obviously there would be a few things to this. for starters, i would have buckets also so i could swap em in and out whenever. second, i would probably need one that had a smaller center section due to the shifter/ebrake. i just thought if one came stock in a J that would make for the easiest swap. but i guess ill have to try another route. maybe an s10?




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Re: did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Wednesday, January 09, 2008 2:26 PM
i think a yoda or a hardbody nissan would be your best bet narrow and low to the floor. also just delete your e brake that would make it so much easier.



Re: did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Wednesday, January 09, 2008 2:57 PM
sorry....i can only use universal, application specific, or GM parts. no imports or ford/mopar crap. keepin this car ALL GM with my modded and swapped parts.

btw...what are you doin in the 1st gen forum? lol





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Re: did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Wednesday, January 09, 2008 3:53 PM
it was on the main page




Re: did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Thursday, January 10, 2008 6:53 AM
(tabs) wrote:

im kickin around the idea of a bench seat for my car. i prefer the cruiser look and feel and i think a bench seat would be nice. now obviously there would be a few things to this. for starters, i would have buckets also so i could swap em in and out whenever. second, i would probably need one that had a smaller center section due to the shifter/ebrake. i just thought if one came stock in a J that would make for the easiest swap. but i guess ill have to try another route. maybe an s10?


After a bit of research, most compact/subcompact FWD GMs throughout history have come with buckets/consoles. All the info I could find for the X, L and N platforms looks like they're all buckets/consoles. However, many of the drivelines from the A bodies are identical to the options in early J bodies (specifically the TH125/3T40 transmission. Based upon this, you'll likely be able to hybridize/bastardize a setup using either the entire steering column from the A body, or using the upper portion of the A column with the lower portion of the J column, depending on the shaft length/dimensions. This will net you a column shifter setup, albiet without shift indicator and capabilities for Passlock (another disaster waiting to happen). You could also probably fab up an e-brake pedal setup using N body parts and modified cable lengths.

As for the actual seat, no idea. Start taking measurements of old Cadillacs, Novas, A-bodies, W-bodies, etc. Given the dimensions of a J-car, I don't think you could fit a full bench plus the console shifter (probably why GM didn't offer it in a car smaller than a Lumina).


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Re: did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Thursday, January 10, 2008 1:09 PM
zline: instead of trying to hack everything up that much and make a column shifter, i think im gonna hedge my bets and look for a bench that i can use. like i mentioned, i know a handful of trucks with 5speeds had the U in the middle so im gonna try to find that. if i cant get one, maybe i can make one. that would be much easier and preferable to messing with fabbing up a whole new system.




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Re: did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Friday, January 11, 2008 6:06 AM
Bah...just take the easy way out, why don't you?


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Re: did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Friday, January 11, 2008 9:19 AM
well i just dont think id like a column shifter much at all. and with me keeping buckets for interchangeability, i dont think it would go with that aspect well at all.

plus, yeah, im a lazy ass. the car has too far to go w/o taking on such a huge project like that.
thanks for the ideas though!




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Re: did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Friday, January 11, 2008 2:05 PM
I was going to suggest the pickups. But again, unfortunately, the imports are probably a better choice. I suppose you could call a Luv a Chevy. The other option might be a 4 dr Vega. Problem is, most bench seats won't fold forward and that sucks in a 2 dr car.
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Re: did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Monday, January 14, 2008 6:19 AM
Just thought of this one.....how about a Chevette?


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Re: did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Monday, January 14, 2008 10:47 AM
chevette would work. its a bench? im not too familiar with them. but that sounds like it would be the perfect size.

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Re: did any 1st gens come with a front bench seat?
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 2:46 PM
I think all chevettes came with buckets too.



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