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    Default show me how you built your seats, ideas welcome

    My seats are starting to delaminate so i need to build new ones. I was thinking of constructing them of wood then sealing in fiberglass so all the hardware is sealed up to keep water out. then have someone local wrap it in vinyl.

    Its only quarter stringers so the seats sit on a box bolted to the floor. I have some ideas on how to attach the boxes to the floor so thats taken care of. Currently the bottoms of my seats are removable and there is room for storage under the seats. Not only is that conveinient it allows me to hide all the mounting hardware so i want to keep that. If i could get fiberglass seats with a removable bottom I would go that route in a heartbeat.

    Im not to concerned about the fabric at this point as ill have someone wrap them for me but i would love some pictures of construction or thoughts on how to put these together.

    I searched but i did not really find what i needed and really want pictures to help me visualize what i need to do.


    Thanks!!


    so you have an idea of what im working with. I will be keeping the same seating arrangement.





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    Sean heres a nice seat example for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    Sean heres a nice seat example for you

    Im not sure the preggers wife would appreciate me bringing four of these home or going out on the water with them alone.. . Not to mention i doubt i have the jack to support 4 of those.
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    Delemort, there is a good thread in here somewhere that a guy did a super job on his seats and another member chimed in with some very good info! I will see if I can find it! WT


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    Here's the way I did mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    Sean heres a nice seat example for you
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    Sean, if your going back with the same shape keep the old vinyl for a pattern, you can also reuse the foam. Ask your guy about covering the foam with plastic so the seats don't get saturated when they get wet. They do make some high end foam that wicks the water away but it's expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 76 Bonneville View Post
    Here's the way I did mine.

    Thats cool how you made that turn.. Did you just score some ply and bend it?
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    Those are very nice seats indeed..But for what it's worth, Fiberglass seat are far superior & actually cheaper than wood seats... Even if the wood seats are glassed over, they cost more to upholster than fiberglass bucket seats.. The only problem with glass seats is they look alittle generic..

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    Quote Originally Posted by CVX20 View Post
    And Another Fred


    The wife has vetoed this too.. I didnt even get a vote....

    She did say i could get two of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sangster View Post
    Those are very nice seats indeed..But for what it's worth, Fiberglass seat are far superior & actually cheaper than wood seats... Even if the wood seats are glassed over, they cost more to upholster than fiberglass bucket seats.. The only problem with glass seats is they look alittle generic..

    But from what i have seen you cant attach glass seats like you can wood seats. If i had full stringers then that would be an option. But i need something with a removable bottom. Do glass seats come like that?
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    lets see the front side of those seats!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastRat View Post
    lets see the front side of those seats!!!

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    you dont want to see the front side of the ones she approved...
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    I'm no expert but if you are going to rebuild the seat boxes it may be best to yank the carpet out and glass the new seat boxes to the floor for life. No hardware needed that way and no chance of running a stainless steel screws into the hull. I did that when I rebuilt my Checkmate. I used blind nuts in the seat boxes and stainless bolts to hold the seats down. They could be removed and reinstalled with no problem. Your seats look really good in the pics Sean, what's rotting away? The Seat boxes, the seat bottoms or the seat pad bottoms? If you glass the boxes to the floor be sure to make weep holes at the back floorline so water can get out. I also made weep holes in the rear of bucket seat bottoms so water could run out of them. Is the back seat a problem or just the 2 bucket seats and seat boxes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CVX20 View Post
    I'm no expert but if you are going to rebuild the seat boxes it may be best to yank the carpet out and glass the new seat boxes to the floor for life. No hardware needed that way and no chance of running a stainless steel screws into the hull. I did that when I rebuilt my Checkmate. I used blind nuts in the seat boxes and stainless bolts to hold the seats down. They could be removed and reinstalled with no problem. Your seats look really good in the pics Sean, what's rotting away? The Seat boxes, the seat bottoms or the seat pad bottoms? If you glass the boxes to the floor be sure to make weep holes at the back floorline so water can get out. I also made weep holes in the rear of bucket seat bottoms so water could run out of them. Is the back seat a problem or just the 2 bucket seats and seat boxes?

    Well, heres the deal. I just laid new carpet so im hesitant to pull it but i could if the situation were to warrant it. However i cant glass in those boxes. Im a big dude and if i want to get under that dash the only way its happening is if those seats and boxes come out. no other way under there.

    NO worries about putting a screw or bolt thru the floor and out the bottom of the boat. I have lots of room how its screwed into the sub floor. I did however want to change from lag screws to studs. I found a product on mcmaster carr that you put in the hole then torque down and it locks in place. No need to get behind it.

    The seats look good from far but far from good. When i say delaminating i mean the plywood that they are made of is starting to come apart. Its most evident in the front seat because of some dumb ass people i took on the lake . I told them "Dont lean real hard on the back of these seats. They are old and not solid wood". WTF do they do they use the back of the seat as a handle to stand up and lean back likes its a dang lazy boy. with fresh wood or glass this issue will be resolved.

    The back seats wood is better but it looks like a cat made a home on the bench and tore the vinyl up with small holes (like a scratching post).

    To be honest if the front seats did not have vinyl on them they would not be still in that shape. not to mention i think she spent many years in the washington state weather uncovered or covered and unventalated.



    This line should be strait.





    BTW, before any one says anything. I wil be addressing the rust on those heads this weekend or next. I got them back from the shop in justenough time to hit WV this year and did not paint them. Ill be remedying that very soon.




    These are the studs im thinking about using. These are for sheet metal that im using on my buddies miata's convertable top. There are larger/longer with more backing that i am thinking of using for fiberglass/wood but you get the idea.





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