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Was the 3rd seat an option?

Discussion in '1936-Present Suburban' started by BurbinOR, Oct 25, 2002.

  1. BurbinOR

    BurbinOR 3/4 ton status

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    I see some ads saying 'no third seat'..............does that mean it was optional? If it was, and if a truck didn't have it, is there still the mounting capability to put on in easily?

    Getting closer to Subville................. /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
     
  2. ken

    ken 1/2 ton status

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    I don't know about the later models, but my 1977 GMC Sub didn't have a third seat and no provisions (internal mounting brackets) for it. /forums/images/graemlins/burb.gif
     
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    FLASHLIGHT76 1/2 ton status

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    It will really depend if it came from the factory with one. Other wise I know some people have one out of a universal van. Most conversion companys who do subs order them with out the third and put in there own. These subs were called grand prix's. So if you can't get a burb with the third seat you can always mount one out of those trucks. /forums/images/graemlins/burb.gif
     
  4. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    Yep, the 3rd seat was an option. Adding it later can be expensive. Junkyards usually want a small fortune for those seats because they know that people looking for them really want them bad. /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif I'm not sure if the seat mounts are hiding under the carpet of those rigs that were ordered without a seat. So check around for seat prices and the hassle factor before you buy one with the back seat missing. Around here I've heard that the seat can go for up to $750. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif So I made sure that I bought Subs with the rear seat already there! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  5. azblazor

    azblazor 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    The 78 we are purchasing does not have the caged/welded nut under the bed that our 77 had for its third seat. I am sure because I crawled under to look for them specifically. I am going to put a third seat in. I do not consider it a big deal at all. They just need appropriate reinforcing of the area of the bed floor similiar to what the factory installed. It also works quite well using a newer folding suburban third seat, if you make up some simple brackets to adapt from the rigid back seat mounting configuration - we did this for the 77. I have bought entire sets of suburban seats front , middle, rear - newer 81 up style, for $500. You can find the older non-folding third seats needing recovering from $50 up.
     
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    JAXSTER 1/2 ton status

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    IF not Factory option No Mounting Provisions. Still in effect /forums/images/graemlins/burb.gif
     
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    My '77 did not come with a seat nor did it have the mounting brackets in the floor. I picked up a junked '83 sub for $200 that had the seat and the mounts. I cut the rear floor area out of the '83 where the mounting brackets were. Then I cut small holes in the floor of the '77 where the brackets would hang down. Then I put the piece of floor down on top of my existing floor and welded it down. It is strong and under the carpet, you can't tell at all..
     
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    chvyhs 1/2 ton status

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    That was a good idea. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Ddragggon 1/2 ton status

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    your suburban may not have the mounting brackets, but I'd like to assume it'll only take drilling holes, adding a reinforcement plate under the floor, and welding a nut to the hole in the floor. the floor design is the same, except for the lack of holes, so adding one shouldn't be anything hard at all.

    -Rich
     

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