Replacement seats for wagon

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Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1963
I have a '63 wagon that I want to replace the folding bench front seats. What are good seats to replace with a minimum of re-fabrication? Also, is there a donor vehicle that can provide both front buckets, console, and rear seat? I have started looking at the TJ seats, etc., but, haven't gotten very far...

Thanks,

Bill
 
I just bought a used '07 Chevy Suburban, and was looking at the middle row bucket seats thinking they may be a good donor for a wagon...

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They fold and tumble just like the stock passenger front seat, making access to the rear seat easy. They have center arm rests and are pretty comfy.

Chevy makes this middle row seat in a bench too, 1/3-2/3 split just like the stock front seats in a Willys. Might be an option if you wanted a bench, depending on the overall width.

Not sure if the third row seats are too wide, but they may make a good back seat too. They have the shoulder seat belts integrated which would be nice. These fold and tumble too, and easily release and roll out if you want them out for cargo space.
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I can take some measurements for you if you'd like.

Pete
 

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I'm interested in seats as well. Measurements would be fantastic! Would you include height from the floor/mounting point as well?
Thanks!
Drew
 
I got this front seat from a '97 Tacoma that was going to be crushed because of a rotted frame;

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it's dimensions are almost identical to the Willys seat, the pass.side is actually an independent seat and it automatically slides forward when the seatback is tilted forward, for easy entry/exit to the rear seats.

Later...

Lee
 
If you're checking junkyards. Check out an early PT Cruizer. I've used the front buckets for my Scout II. Very easy to work with the Seat Base cause it's flat and almost square. The driver seat has a motor for height adjustment, the passenger seat folds forward flat to make easy entry to the rear. I havent' measured the rear seats but they are also modular and I believe have the shoulder belts built in. A convertible has the shoulder belts built in to the front seats as well.
 
I used seats from a 2001 Ford Winstar. All leather buckets. I did build some adapters and a hinge for the front passengers seat so you can get in the back. Its not perfect but they were cheap. $150.00 for all 4

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Eric, your seats look fantastic ! can you show us what you have done to be able to get into the back ? Also David, when you say the PT cruiser folds down flat, does that mean just the back of the seat folds down onto the bottom seat cushion ? The whole seat doesn't actually tumble all the way forward like a stock wagon front pass. seat , all the way against the dash, right ?
 
Restoring Your Interior in a Wagon

Hello Bill. Like others have said, you can find seats that will fit and work for a wagon or anything for that matter, it a salvage yard. Or, I found my seats for my Wagon on CL. Good Deals are waiting to be had, you just have to go look for them. This is the first interior that I ever did and it was for my 63 Willys Wagon. Check it out. It's not hard to do this. Pivnic

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daherno

The front passenger seat is on a large hinge at the front so it can hinge ofrward. I willget some pics tomorrow. Its tough to explain
 
I got 4 TJ seats for $200, made sure I got the seat belts with them, and had them recovered. Fold/tumble feature allows rear access. To put rear seats against the side of the interior, I flattened the top of the wheel well to within an inch of the body. My wheels do not go up into the wells any more. Check gallery pics. Tuffy security console fits nicely.
 
I got my seats from a pick n pull here in town. They were like new, and from a Suzuki Esteem as I remember. The car looked new but was totaled. I bought them because they were small and $40.00 bucks each. I think I've had one person ever in the back of my wagon but, I would still like to have a fold and tumble at least in the pass. side. I still need to take measurements, I may be able to make them fold and tumble. I would have to make them so the seat slides back, to allow the headrest to clear the dash, then tumble.
 
Eric, your seats look fantastic ! can you show us what you have done to be able to get into the back ? Also David, when you say the PT cruiser folds down flat, does that mean just the back of the seat folds down onto the bottom seat cushion ? The whole seat doesn't actually tumble all the way forward like a stock wagon front pass. seat , all the way against the dash, right ?
Correct. I have my current XJ passenger seat mounted on a hinge so it flips up (kinda) like stock. If you mounted the PT seat that way I think it'd work really well--similar to oem. That's my plan but it's low priority...
 
A friend of mine has PT cruiser seats in his Commando. He had told me they fold and tumble. I looked every where and couldn't find them. Come to find out, they never tumbled, only folded. I don't think he knew what tumble meant. It could also be that I simply never found the right seats.
 
A friend of mine has PT cruiser seats in his Commando. He had told me they fold and tumble. I looked every where and couldn't find them. Come to find out, they never tumbled, only folded. I don't think he knew what tumble meant. It could also be that I simply never found the right seats.
I believe the rear seats (split bench) fold and tumble. May or may not work out though. I'd mount the seat on a hinge so it could tumble after folding flat...
the 2003 and later usually have side airbags built into the seat--more cost for no benefit depending on the junkyard...
 
I just bought a set of 3 row seats out of a Mercury Villager, All the seats are leather and in perfect shape! the middle seats roll and tumble, and they are made to take out. They have the fancy hooks that go in the floor, I did not get that, and was wondering if any one else has made these work for their wagon? The front seats out of this van are super to and just bolt down, So if I use a middle seat ( roll & tumble) in the passenger side and move that seat back it will look different. So I not sure yet what to do about the front passenger seat. And idea's? And I got a third row seat also.... not sure what I'll do with that. Thanks Sam
 
I have a '63 wagon that I want to replace the folding bench front seats. What are good seats to replace with a minimum of re-fabrication? Also, is there a donor vehicle that can provide both front buckets, console, and rear seat? I have started looking at the TJ seats, etc., but, haven't gotten very far...

Thanks,

Bill
I used mid 90’s Isuzu Vecicross seats they used Racaro seats thick leather still looks good, how to fabricate bases for the seats which was no big deal if you can find them I recommend them they’re awesome
 
I agree with Pete, 2nd row seats from Gm family of SUV work well and look nice and modified correctly will fold and tumble perfectly. For $100 I found 2 brand new never installed seats from a Cadillac Escalade. The factory brackets had to be chopped up and welded to a flat metal piece that I then drilled holes through to mount to wagon floor. I didn’t worry about sliding tracks for now as everyone in our house is around 6’.
 

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