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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by CyberSniper, May 21, 2005.

  1. CyberSniper

    CyberSniper 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I need some people with SM465s and K5s to take some measurements. I have a K5 interior (console and seats) and want to put them in a pickup... but I can't remember what a K5 floor looks like.

    I need the measurement from the top of the ash tray lid to the front of the console.
    I need the measurement from the ceiling to the top of the console.

    I need someone with a ~2" body lift to measure the clearance between the shifter and the center console for me.



    Lastly, anyone ever built their own center console out of steel? Since I'm going to go through the effort of putting buckets in I want a center console I can secure stuff in. Like cameras, GPS, registration/proof of insurance, money, et cetera. The vehicle has no door glass or locks.
     
  2. 86chevybanshee

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    it should be ok.

    i had k5 buckets and console in my 86, with an sm465, but i didnt have a BL but there was plenty of room, reverse might be close tho
     
  3. CyberSniper

    CyberSniper 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Well, I have a 2wd cab. Things are a bit different. There are no dimples in the floor where factory buckets/console would be.

    I think I have the seat part figured out. However, I still don't know about the console. The shifter hits the bench seat when in reverse now.
     
  4. dyeager535

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    Only thing I can comment on is the console.

    The Tuffy's are pricey, but the quality of these things is worth it. It would take someone like me with little fabrication experience and no metal laying around (plus hinges, pads, etc) a long time to build something of that quality. Something about being able to sit on it and not worry about it breaking. :)

    Just my opinion. They are expensive, but worth every penny.

    If I had a stock console I'd go out and measure the things you ask for. :(
     
  5. diesel4me

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    Different??

    I had a 74 C1500 GMC pickup with factory buckets(and a 454!)--I was not aware the floors were different where the seats go,I know the tranny hump area is different..my 74 had a factory console identical to the K5's of the same vintage..I wish I kept that interior!..

    I made a custom bucket seat setup for my 74 K20,it has a angle iron rectangular frame the OEM bench seat tracks bolt too--I used a crude plywood box as a seat/console,to store my winch remote and spare plow pins and bolts,tools,etc...then,I had the brainstorm of using one of those small safes you see for sale at Wal-Mart--it was great for keeping things secure,,and it had the perfect dimensions..but had 2 major disadvantages--

    1. They could pick it up and run away with it(and everything in it!)..and since it WAS a safe,any theif automatically assumed it contained valuables.. :mad:

    2.If a police officer happenned to see it,he would immediately ask me to open it!..not that I had anything illegal in it--but I was guilty until proven innocent when all they would find were the above mentioned things,and maybe a camera,and a few dollars change,they apologized or simply walked away.. :crazy:

    I saved the bucket seat setup when I stripped the K20--they are the right color seats to match my 79 C10 or the 82 K20 diesel,but they are too "upright" to be very comfortable on long rides..they might just get used as a "couch" out in my garage instead!.. :crazy:
     
  6. CyberSniper

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    Anybody happen to have pictures of factory bucket brackets?

    I think I have my bucket seat stuff figured out. I don't know if they are both adjustable stock but mine are.

    I haven't decided yet, but I think I might try using a K5 console. Not sure yet. It looks like it might be too tall

    Can anybody tell me what years suburbans had the nice captains chairs? I spotted some at the junkyard but they're ragged out pretty bad.
     
  7. BIG*RED

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    in my k5 with 465 and center console, i can't have a dink in the drivers side cup holder when shifting into reverse...the shifter clears the console but not the drink..
     
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    Well, today is day two of trying to get factory K5 high back buckets in my trail rig.

    I managed to figure out a way to get them in there (and adjust independently) without sitting in the middle of the truck without spending tons of time fabricating. The first try put me too close to the steering wheel but has the right "pitch". So, I'm going to put that seat bracket on the passenger side.

    I'm kind of mad at myself for spending so much time on it but at least the first one turned out very comfortable. Not like the typical bucket swap which is incredibly uncomfortable and not adjustable.
     
  9. CyberSniper

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    Well, I just went for a test drive. If there were anything that was ever the shiznit, high back K5 bucket seats in a pickup are it.
     
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    and to top it all off , i think the high back buckets are one of the most comfy factory seats i have had....glad you like them
     
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    Yeah, I definitely like them. I used to think the factory benches in 90-92 IFS Chevys were comfortable... you know, with the little arm rest and all...

    But these K5 buckets... oh so nice. I got the pitch perfect... I could sleep in them. They're not like 89-91 K5 seats which feel like a milk crate wrapped with foam... these are nice. Just enough bolstering to be comfortable but not so much they're a nuissance to get in. The back isn't too wide like a lot of van seats are but not real narrow like S-series seats.

    I'll be watching the junkyard for another set, that's for sure. And I'm a bench seat kind of guy.
     
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    As far as the consol went, I couldn't justify the cost of a Tuffy box. Plus I wanted as big a box as I could find (quit laughing ;) ). So I had a thick walled (1/8"?) aluminum box large enough to fill the space between buckets side to side and between the rear seats when folded down and the xcase shifter welded up for me.

    I rhino lined the exterior, bolted a Tuffy cup holder to the front and a clipboard clip to the top, and added two hinged latches. Oh yeah and it's bolted to the floor.

    It holds my CB, amp, power invertor, CD's, and stereo face, with room for TONS of stuff.

    I say forget Tuffy. Yeah they are sweet. But "Built not Bought" always wins out!
     
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    i wanna see pics
     
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    I'll take some tonight.
     
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    Here are those pics,

    center console 1.jpg

    center console 2.jpg
     

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