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Old 07-31-2008, 09:40 AM   #1
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What seats work?

I recently got my first school bus. I have started pulling out the seats. I need better seats with seat belts (four kids, all in car seats). Anyway, down to the auto wreckers I went. I had not really given it much thought. Problem one. They have not made cars, vans, or trucks with just lap belts in a long time. And my other problem is the base of the seats. Nothing just bolts flat onto the floor. All the seats have some sort of clamping detachable type of mount. Does anyone know of a type of vehicle which is good to get seats out of? Is there a good / easy way to make newer seats work. I realize I could buy nice new RV seats. However, like most people, I am on a limited budget, and cost is a factor.
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Old 07-31-2008, 01:12 PM   #2
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Re: What seats work?

Hello Dog, and welcome to the asylum! :P

Are you looking for bench, buckets or both? Depending on which, and the direction (facing) you want to mount them, there may be some options available to you.

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Old 07-31-2008, 05:26 PM   #3
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Look at bench seats out of a Dodge van. I remember thinking they would be easy to bolt down in another vehicle. I'm 90% sure it was a Dodge.
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:41 PM   #4
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Right now I will take any good seats that work. I just want to be on the road. In time I will figure out what I like the best and take my time hunting for them.
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:51 PM   #5
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hey dog get your seats from a van or mini van they usually have the seat belts incorporated into themselves those removable ones work ok captain seats from the rear work great they have the belts in them also got mine from a 89 chevy van and the rear bench has seat belts and folds into a bed as for color......cant help ya there
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Old 07-31-2008, 09:26 PM   #6
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Find some nice bucket seats, then order some swivel pedastals for them as well as lap belts from RV Surplus ...
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Old 08-01-2008, 07:42 PM   #7
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Ha Ha. Actually it came from an idea that I have for a bus name. I want to call it the Lazy Dog. However, my wife doesn't like that. We are still trying to come up with a name we both like.... Still on a quest for some seats. Perhaps this weekend I can check out a couple more wreckers and find some old van seats.
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Re: What seats work?

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Look at bench seats out of a Dodge van. I remember thinking they would be easy to bolt down in another vehicle. I'm 90% sure it was a Dodge.
I agree. One of the guys I work with has the rearmost seat from a Caravan in his '32 kit car. It bolted directly to the fiberglass floor and had seatbelts incorporated, not that he technically needs them since he can title it as a hotrod...nevermind that just about everything is new!
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Hey Dog,

My wife wants to pull our small horse trailer with our bus, except, we raise miniature donkeys. I thought my bus would be the As* Hauler. She did not go for that name either. Its been a lot of fun with these miniature donks. I can proudly say that I truly enjoy showing my as*. My parents started us out on the donkeys. They have a larger donkey, so it really makes my mom mad when I tell our friends that her as* is bigger than mine.

I live near RV country, Elkhart, IN. There are a few surplus places that have brand new factory van seats for cheap. Not sure where you reside but it might be in your interest to see what a trip or shipping might be. If interested, let me know for more details.
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Old 08-03-2008, 07:34 PM   #10
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I bought a customized traveler van for my construction business and it came with Flexsteel (aftermarket rv seat manufacturer) bucket seats which I promptly nabbed for my bus but it also had a bench seat in the back with three lap belts which I took out and is sitting in my sister in laws place. If you want it I could send it but I don't know where you are and of course I am in Manitoba Canada, the shipping would cost you a fortune! But if you want to find this seat at a wrecker ask for a 1989 chevrolet G20 custom traveling van. These seats bolt directly to the floor and even has the ability to fold into a bed. The seat was originally built by Flexsteel as mentioned above. Check them out at http://www.flexsteel.com
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