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Bench seat options

Postby mkoecher » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:29 am

Hey all. What are peoples recommendations on covers for their bench seat? Currently I have a saddle seat cover over my bench. I like the look of it but in less than two years it is ripped to shreds. Partly because I think the ripped jagged edges of the vinyl underneath it tore it and partially the sun damaged it and it disintegrates and sheds all over the passengers now. I would be interested to know peoples opinions on the following:

1. What is a good high quality saddle seat cover?
2. Replacing the vinyl seat cover with those fabricated ones you get online? Any preference on location to buy?
3. Taking it to a local upholstery shop?

Any thoughts or opinions would be appreciated.

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Re: Bench seat options

Postby basketcase0302 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:49 am

"mkoecher"]Hey all. What are peoples recommendations on covers for their bench seat? Currently I have a saddle seat cover over my bench. I like the look of it but in less than two years it is ripped to shreds. Partly because I think the ripped jagged edges of the vinyl underneath it tore it and partially the sun damaged it and it disintegrates and sheds all over the passengers now. I would be interested to know peoples opinions on the following:
1. What is a good high quality saddle seat cover?
2. Replacing the vinyl seat cover with those fabricated ones you get online? Any preference on location to buy?
3. Taking it to a local upholstery shop?
Any thoughts or opinions would be appreciated.


Do yourself a favor and upgrade your seat to a dent era bench seat, (73-79) you'll be so...glad you did as they have twice the cushioning and you can usually find one for less than the price of a good seat cover in a boneyard. :wink:
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Re: Bench seat options

Postby Jacksdad » Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:27 am

I lucked out after seeing nothing but torn up bench seats when I found a later model ('89) crew cab F350. The front seat was showing some wear, but the rear was perfect. Best part is, the front and rear are identical so the bump seat runners bolted straight up, and it tilts forward so I can still store things behind the seat.
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Re: Bench seat options

Postby colnago » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:07 pm

I bought one of those upholstery sets from LMC or NPD Link, and the foam from a supply shop that I cut to fit with scissors and an X-Acto knife. The upholstery is vinyl where you don't sit, and fuzzy where you do sit. I was afraid the fuzzy would wear off pretty quickly, but I have a green interior, so my choices are very limited. Surprisingly, the fuzzy has worn very well. The only problem is that I tend to keep my driver window rolled down all the time, so the edge of the seat gets wet when it rains (not very often in the high desert area of SoCal). Over the years, the vinyl has broken down where it has become wet. I'm not sure what I'm going to do about it. This is a daily driver, not a show truck, so it doesn't have to be perfect ... but I'd still like it to look its best.

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Re: Bench seat options

Postby WarEagle » Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:59 am

If you have the means, leather installed by a professional would be so cool. (and last a long time with proper care) Otherwise, try duct tape!! In the middle of those 2 extremes is vinyl. I just did my '72 bench with the $179 from LMC. It fits good, looks good and was easy to install.
I guess it all comes down to how much you want to spend, comfort level, the look that you want and wear factor involved.
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These are good seat covers

Postby farmallmta » Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:34 pm

http://www.rufftuff.com/ then onto choice selection...
https://seats.rufftuff.com/#!/

I got a saddle blanket seat cover for my '69 F250 from these folks... it's very attractive and has held up very well and is cheaper than the supplier above. I'd definitely get one for another truck.

http://www.seatcover.com/F250.html

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Re: Bench seat options

Postby jzjames » Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:11 pm

basketcase0302 wrote:Do yourself a favor and upgrade your seat to a dent era bench seat, (73-79) you'll be so...glad you did as they have twice the cushioning and you can usually find one for less than the price of a good seat cover in a boneyard. :wink:

Second this.
73-79 are better seats, direct bolt-in to the 67-72s.
The back is shaped better and more comfortable and I think it gives you an extra inch of leg room


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