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MLariviere
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posted 07-31-2003 10:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I put a set of buckets from a Gran Torino Sport in yesterday. They have a couple of tears in them,but I wanted to try them anyway. The car just isn't the same. It seems that you sit lower,and without a console,the interior is HUGE! The seats are almost spaced out like a Hummer. I want them to work, but I may go back to the bench. maybe If I can locate a console from a late 70's T Bird,it would be different.

The split bench has a few broken springs it the driver's side,and is the wrong pattern to match the back. I was planning to use it as a couch in the basement.

This is a question I just have to ponder...


I tried seat covers on them,and they just blow. The fit was sloppy,and they slid all over when you got in or out. My upholsterer said he could sew them up,but I would just be chasing something else next year.

Maybe that will be a good winter project,to learn how to recover a seat.

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Fastymz
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posted 08-01-2003 12:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike I'd stick with the bucket seats.Your car does have a large interior anyways.Do you have a floor shifter now?
I'd like to learn how recover seats too.I helped my father inlaw do his seat on his 55 P/U.It came out great and saved him alot of money.
You could always raise the tracks alittle to get back the seat to sit higher.

I'm have been looking a good,but cheap pair of high back buckets for car.
Right now I have black sheeps skin front cover and a black dyied rear seat.

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BlueMule
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posted 08-01-2003 07:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlueMule   Click Here to Email BlueMule     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike. I know what you mean. My Ranchero has buckets and they don't fill the acreage inside. I can imagine what a the Torino is like. There was an option for our platform and probably the big boy FoMoCos called the 'Flight-Bench' seat. Remember that? It may be too much on the luxury side rather than the sporty side but I think that's the way I'll go to fill the hole.

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BlueMule
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posted 08-01-2003 09:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlueMule   Click Here to Email BlueMule     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Fastymz:
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You could always raise the tracks alittle to get back the seat to sit higher.



Good idea, Scoop, but extra care must be made that if they are raised, whatever raising is done will hold in the event of an impact. The ya-hoo that I bought the Ranchero from had 2 x 4s bolted to the floor sheetmetal (not even using the original holes) and the tracks were bolted to the 2 x 4s. Needless to say the lumber was removed before night fell on my first day of ownership.


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cobravenom71
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posted 08-01-2003 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71   Click Here to Email cobravenom71     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The console used in the late-seventies T-Birds is in fact the same as the console used in all Torinos from 72 to 76. it was also used in Montegos, 74-79 Cougars,77-79 LTD-II's and maybe even a few Rancheros.

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Fastymz
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posted 08-01-2003 05:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paul I'd use either a few plates of flat steel,or boxed steel,no wood at all. Even fender washers would work.But you'd have to use a few of them

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MLariviere
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posted 08-02-2003 10:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's what I did with the bench,raise it 1". I may go junkin' next week,to see what I can find.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 08-04-2003 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Too bad it didn't work out.

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MLariviere
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posted 08-04-2003 09:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I haven't pulled them yet. I'll try to see if I can get them to "wear" in!

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posted 08-04-2003 09:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe I'll get you a booster seat. Christmas is coming...

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73torinoqcode
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posted 08-12-2003 12:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73torinoqcode   Click Here to Email 73torinoqcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check out the console I used in my Ranchero. If you like it let me know maybe it would work for you.
http://groups.msn.com/NewYorkTorinoRancheroOwnersClub/billscars.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=60

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MLariviere
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posted 08-13-2003 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What did that come from? An Explorer?

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73torinoqcode
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posted 08-13-2003 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73torinoqcode   Click Here to Email 73torinoqcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is out of a 92 Sable very similar to the SHO and may even be the same.

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MLariviere
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posted 08-17-2003 10:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well,I caved. I put the bench back in. I actually feel it fits the car better. Laugh all you want.

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Fastymz
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posted 08-18-2003 02:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike thats cool,at your age you never know when you'll need a nap.

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Thud
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posted 08-18-2003 08:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Thud     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, check here for consoles and other Torino parts. I've bought from them, and they're nice folks.

http://members.tripod.com/blueoval6079/id20.htm

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MLariviere
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posted 08-18-2003 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks,Dwayne! I'll check it out.

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posted 09-26-2003 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dubz   Click Here to Email Dubz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i bought some corbeau forza II's for my Gran Torino and with them in a room they look massive, in the car they look dinky

alot of space in these cars

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MLariviere
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posted 09-27-2003 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah,even the stock buckets look big out of the car. Right now they are perched on my snowplow in the garage.

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