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folding bucket seats; anyone done this?

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folding bucket seats; anyone done this?
Posted by rustyroach on Saturday, April 25, 2015 3:40 PM
Has anyone found a good way to make bucket seats fold? I'm considering this for a 69 GTX rag-top. After making the hood, trunk and doors operate, the next logical step is the front seats, right? Also, are correct interior panels available for this very incorrect kit? I know I can get the grille. If I am going through the trouble of cutting the doors, I want the right door panels. I bought this kit off of a clearance table at my LHS for 10 bucks. Now I know why it was there. It baffles me as to how horribly incorrect this kit really is. Regardless of it's shortcomings, I love the subject matter. This is my first attempt at operating body panels and so far, so good. I will be posting in muscle cars as a w.i.p. shortly. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Posted by B.C> Model Guy on Monday, April 27, 2015 2:40 PM

The MPC '65 Dodge Monaco kit had folding seats and if you are at all creative and depending upon how the seats are cast as far as shape goes, it shouldn't be impossible. Some seats are pretty crude though so it wouldn't be really easy with them. The more accurate seats though - seems to me that it may be possible.

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Posted by High octane on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 10:45 PM

Rustyroach, if you can open doors and trunks I'm sure that you can figure out how to make the front seats fold as you seem to have the skills. While I've never done it myself, I have seen it done by several builders. If you have any access to any Danbury or Franklin Mints a lot of them have folding front seats and they may be able to give you ideas on how to do it. Good luck.

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Posted by my_ol55 on Thursday, April 30, 2015 10:26 PM

making folding bucket seats.

Refer to pics - every picture tells a story - don't it....

Separate the seat bottom from the seat-back. Hold the seat at a V angle and with a hobby saw cut the two seat parts at the bottom of the V.

Cut the bracket patterns to practice from .020mm plastic. Once you have the correct pattern and size, use these templates to cut the final brackets from .010 aluminum sheet. Some adjustments may be needed. Practice on a parts box seat. Seats that are similar in design to a AMT 1964 Chevy Impala seat work best for the folding seat-back process.

using a pin vise, drill a small hole at the back of the seat bottom on the side. Drill a small hole in the seat-back at the top. For the bottom - insert a 1/32" aluminum tube/rod thru the seat bottom holes.  Cut two rings from the next size up tubing and place over the ends of the tube/rod. Apply some super-glue on the ring-tubing end.  Then sand smooth and as close as possible to the seat surface.  Insert a solid metal rod (1/32") thru the top holes. Cut and apply the rings on both ends and apply super glue.  Sand smooth and as close as possible to the seat surface.  Always make sure that the brackets move freely.

Test and use masking tape to hold all parts together before applying the final super glue.  Each model kit seat is a little different, so practice first and experiment. Once you make the first seat,  the second will be easier. I hope this helps with your projects.  

I am working on a bench seat that also folds forward. Will post pics when completed.

more pics in next post....................

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Posted by my_ol55 on Thursday, April 30, 2015 10:33 PM

More pics for the folding bucket seat -

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Posted by rustyroach on Monday, May 04, 2015 5:36 AM
Thanks to all for the input. Mall

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Posted by rustyroach on Monday, May 04, 2015 5:49 AM
Oops...my ol55, thanks for that string of pix, I tried it another way before you replied and decided not to go any further and was still able to save the seat. I will attempt it again on another build using what you have shown us here. I appreciate your taking the time to help me. Back to work.

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Posted by BigTallDad on Tuesday, May 05, 2015 1:27 PM

That never occurred to me, but you have piqued my curiosity.

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