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Old 07-27-2013, 10:08 PM
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Success!!!

Found seat tracks from a 1995 standard cab Ranger with a 60/40 seat (the seat was roached, otherwise I'd have just used it). The seat pan/seat side of the mounts is 14" side to side and front to back, so any seat with holes in those locations will fit.

Went looking for Escort seats, because they had a bunch at the yard I found, but they're 16" wide at the mounting holes. Looked at Focuses too. No dice there either. Had just about given up when I walked past a 4th Generation Mustang with the seats already out, but the tracks still in place. 14" square mounting points for the seats. They had a half dozen with seats still in them, but closer inspection showed why they were still there, the seats were all trashed. On the way out with just the tracks and I noticed one more with the Camaros. Tan seats, no tears/holes, but with some grease. Yanked them out and took them home. Now residing in my Ranger.

Looks like we can add these to the list of swapable seats.





Here's the underside of the passenger seat, with one of the tracks installed (I didn't think to take a pic before that, sorry).


You can see there are four available holes to use at the rear of the seat. The already threaded hole is 14" (center to center) from the front mounting hole. They are 14" (center to center) from the other side as well, perfect for a standard cab Ranger. Not sure about extra cabs here, their seat tracks are shorter on the floor side (like the Explorer, but I don't have an exact measurement).

Here's the same seat with both tracks installed, the connecting rod for the slide mechanism attached and both rails all the way back. Notice how one rail is longer than the other.


Driver's side with both rails attached, all the way back.



Mustang seats (wrong color and smudged with grease, Dickies seat covers tomorrow until I can get new uphostery/factory fabric).


As mentioned in the original post, the additional holes needed are there, with plugs in them, but not tapped. The OP suggests that a tap is needed to do this, but that is not the case. Ford doesn't run taps on their assembly line, it would be a waste, they use self-tapping bolts, which I notices when the light hit the bolts I removed just right. I used an original bench seat bolt as a tap, with a squirt of WD-40 just in case, and it worked like a charm.

Before "tapping" the hole:


After:


Overall I am happy with the results. MUCH more comfortable than the bench. Perhaps a bit of head room, but no real additional leg/arm room though. The seat-backs are as thick as the bench (at least). I'll be looking for other seat options when I go looking for side mirrors and other odds and ends, and will keep everyone posted if I find suitable donors.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:50 PM
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Nice man nice work.
Yea I don't think we'll get any leg room from any seat because the seat sits up against the rear of cab I'm 6' tall lol.

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Old 07-28-2013, 07:56 AM
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Thanks. I'm 6'3" so I'd need a paper thin seat to get any additional legroom. Snug but not cramped.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:03 AM
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Haha yeah I hear ya

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Old 07-28-2013, 11:14 AM
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Seats are covered with $20 Dickies bucket seat covers (generic). Now to find replacement covers. Something where I take the stock tan fabric off and replace it with gray or black. Reupholster, not just covered.

Anyone have ideas? Cheap is good.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:32 AM
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If I'm not mistaken, the seat fabric just comes off, all that's holding it on is some kind of clip. You could take that off, and lay it flat and then have some other fabric and cut to the same size and shape.

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Old 07-28-2013, 12:27 PM
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If I'm not mistaken, the seat fabric just comes off, all that's holding it on is some kind of clip. You could take that off, and lay it flat and then have some other fabric and cut to the same size and shape.

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You are correct about how the fabric comes off. The bottom pan is super simple, four plastic clips hold it on.

The tricky part is the sewing. Can't sew to save my life. well, I can sew, just not well (or strait). There was another Mustang that had charcoal seats at the yard. I'd have bought them, but the base was damaged in the crash that landed it in the yard. Now I am thinking I'll go back and swipe the fabric, toss it in the washer and pull the seats for a fabric swap. Not terribly happy with the seat covers over the stock fabric.
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:05 PM
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Oh, sounds good! I'm decent at sewing and we have a sewing machine. So yea.

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Old 07-30-2013, 02:38 PM
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So the list here will fit what year Rangers? I have a 2001 Ranger Edge extended cab. Just want to make sure before I hit the salvage yard so I can save myself some time.

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Old 07-30-2013, 10:42 PM
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Your best bet it to pull one of your seats and measure the mounting holes. Standard cab Rangers, 1993-2002 (possibly through the end of the run) are 14" side to side and front to back (center to center). Many Ford seats have multiple mounting holes available. The hole will be smooth, but the bolt acts as a tap (and be careful about over-tightening, the inserts are brazed on and will come out).

Cannot say with certainty, but I believe the front to back measurement is smaller on the extra cab (the tracks are shorter).

Measuring opens up more than Ford seats as options. Someone recently posted pics of really nice leather Pontiac (G6?) seats. He had to drill a couple of holes though. FWIW, 2002 Mustang seats were a simple bolt in.

Make sure you grab the bolts from the donor seat.

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Old 07-31-2013, 07:53 PM
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Your best bet it to pull one of your seats and measure the mounting holes. Standard cab Rangers, 1993-2002 (possibly through the end of the run) are 14" side to side and front to back (center to center). Many Ford seats have multiple mounting holes available. The hole will be smooth, but the bolt acts as a tap (and be careful about over-tightening, the inserts are brazed on and will come out).

Cannot say with certainty, but I believe the front to back measurement is smaller on the extra cab (the tracks are shorter).

Measuring opens up more than Ford seats as options. Someone recently posted pics of really nice leather Pontiac (G6?) seats. He had to drill a couple of holes though. FWIW, 2002 Mustang seats were a simple bolt in.

Make sure you grab the bolts from the donor seat.

Robert
So I have been to all the bone yards, if there was a ranger out there, it was trashed. I would like to just order seats. Anyone have a good site for comfortable seat? Would like all black vinyl high backs with no fabric if possible.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:05 PM
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F150 king ranch seats and console it's tight but they fit. Just need a grinder and welder
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:03 PM
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Found seats from a 1996 mustang and I was wondering if they will fit in my 1994 extended can? I'm thinking ill have to use my tracks
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:08 PM
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Should be able to. If you use your tracks you could almost make any similar size seat fit
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:11 PM
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Should be able to. If you use your tracks you could almost make any similar size seat fit
Shit I meant 1999 mustang haha but it shouldn't be any different right?
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