|73-87 GM Pickup Truck Factory Bucket Seat Information|
Written by: Jeff Drew
Installing bucket seats into your pickup has to be one of the, if not the, most popular and most asked about upgrades for many 73-87 GM pickup truck owners. What many people don't know or realize, is the fact that bucket seats were actually an option starting in 1973 and ending in the early 80's. So, if you are looking to make the switch from a bench seat to bucket seats, please read on.
Bracket and mounting hardware
Were bucket seats all that common in pickup trucks? No. From everything I have seen, read, and heard...a small percentage of pickups actually received bucket seats, thus actually finding a truck with them can be pretty difficult.
Will pickup truck bucket seat brackets bolt up to Blazer or Suburban seats? Yes, the seats themselves are all basically the same throughout the years...however, I am not too sure about the mid to late 80's bucket seats since they changed quite a bit from previous years. You are on your own there.
What exactly do I need to put factory bucket seats in my bench seat equipped truck? You will need the seats, brackets, floor tabs, and all mounting hardware. If you choose, you might also want to consider getting a factory console as well...it makes the whole package look soo much cleaner. Here are a couple pics of the set (high backs) I am using in my '73.
What are the bucket seat tabs? The tabs were two "A" shaped pieces of steel that were welded to the floor on pickups, Suburbans, and crew cabs. These tabs were used to mount the front inner seat brackets on both the driver and passenger side. Because they are welded in, a lot of people don't go thru the trouble of removing them when pulling the seats/brackets out of a donor truck. These tabs are vital in mounting the bucket seats correctly, and because I hear a lot of people looking for them, I decided to make a template out of a coat hanger...so you can fabricate your own if needed. Click the image below to see the 1:1 scale template.
FYI: If you can't locate the factory tab or if it wasn't included when
you purchased your seats,
Are there any special steps (or modifications) I should know about if I decide to install factory buckets into my truck? The seat tracks themselves are pretty much a bolt in deal. You will be able to use three of the factory four holes your bench seat was bolted down to, the rest will have to be drilled out. The three you CAN use are the two front outer holes and the rear outer drivers side hole. You will need to drill both rear passenger holes as well as the rear inside drivers hole. The front inner brackets bolt to the above mentioned tabs, which will need to be welded or bolted in. The console bolts directly to the floor, four holes will need to be drilled here as well.
Well, I hope you have found this article helpful. If you have any
questions, feel free to contact me and I will try to answer them to the best
of my ability.