Building a Custom Bench Seat for your classic car ,truck or Hot Rod (2024)

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In this episode I’m back on the 1970 Ford Bronco to build the bench seat. In a past episode I stripped down the rat infested stock seat to reveal damage and filth. Stick with me and watch till the end. #hotrod #ford #carshow #bronco #upholstery #customupholstery #customcars


Hey folks, welcome back to Spanky's stick around and watch How I got that rat infested Bronco seat from Bare Bones to the way you see it sitting right now.

It's not finished.

It still has a ways to go, but there's a lot of neat tips and tricks on how you can take your stock Ford Chevy Mopar seat from Springs to this and get it ready for some Custom Upholstery.

So stick around watch the video and let me know what you think I hope everybody gets something out of all right.

So the gray material is jute padding.

It usually goes underneath the automotive carpet, Factory type sound deadening.

What I've done is we've cut out a rough piece to go on the bottom and the the back and the bottom of the spring set for the Ford Bronco seat and what I'm doing here is I'm, eliminating the factory burlap and the factory cotton padding that was on there.

So uh we're going to glue this up to the edge with our Landau glue and then I'll glue it to the bottom rail and then from there.

I'll put some hog rings in the middle.

Just don't want it to move around is what we're is, what I'm trying to do and uh once we do that uh, the post, the foam will go on top of that and then the upholstery Will Go On Top of the foam, so uh, let's get busy all right.

We got that covered.

Remember this doesn't need to look perfect.

It's got some puckers and stuff in it.

I still got some glue right here, I'm waiting to set up to dry and then we'll do the patterns after we get all the foam shaped similar to that right there, but that seat right there is 100 foam.

This seat right here is going to have the factory Springs and uh I got the bottom downstairs.

I got a weld up and replace and fix a few of the springs and then we'll get it covered.

Just like this got the jute padding on I got it glued hog, ringed and secured, and now it's time to uh put the foam in.

We got two density.

Foams I've got a medium density and then I've got a light density for your back, so you uh.

It won't be pushing you forward, so I'm gonna do a rough cut right now and get this cut for the bottom and uh we'll move on from there all right we're going to take this foam back to the back Edge, where it's going to be glued just to make sure we got good coverage fold the seat back, get it locked in place all right, so that should be the outline of the seat.

We'll have to uh make sure that that's what we want and we'll cut it out and we'll go to the next step.

All right! So uh went ahead and sharpened up these lines to make it more uniform and what I'm going to try to do is uh cut it with a straight edge.

It makes for a better cut.

You can get it cut all the way through foreign, all right, I labeled it on the bottom.

This is the bottom for the seat, and this is the bottom of the side.

That way, we always know when we're taking our measurements and stuff where we're at.

Let's put this back in all right now.

This is high density, foam, we'll sand these uh Sandy edges when we get everything put together and we'll get the seat shaped the way we want it, but I think we're looking good so far, all right, so I'm cutting this half inch foam to go across the front and uh it'll have another uh, so foam that goes over it they're.

So to the that's glued and sowed to the upholstery itself and uh after I get this glued up on here we can uh sand the at the front edge that out now I'm going to glue this to the springs.

All right.

We got this glued up and we're going to let it tack up for just a minute.

Lay this down and my favorite thing to cut foam with would be a band saw, but you can't do that once a time so I like to use our turkey cutter it's hard to do when it's thin, like this, but foreign, so I just noticed the GoPro went off and and what we missed was gluing up the front.

Uh drop down bolster if you want to call it that that will uh just smooth out the upholstery as it's going down, plus it's going to allow us to add a uh about a half an inch to the bottom of the seat, because we're losing an inch on the back of the seat when we glue up the back part uh so uh anyway.

That'll allow us to add that here's one that I've already got glued up for the other side and all of as soon as that gets tacked up, I'll be putting it here, wrapping it around and then we'll make our panels that go across the front and down the sides and then we'll get to the back.

All right.

So I got that piece glued on all right.

So now we need to cut it back and get the back shaped on the sides and move to the next step, all right.

So what I'm going to do now is cut a six inch strip, two of them and it's going to cover the sides and the top foreign foreign foreign I know it kind of looks crude right this minute.

But it's going to get uh the back foam and then we'll go around it with uh our raised bolsters and uh.

When we do the upholstery, it'll also have sew foam on the back of the upholstery.

So all the little bumps and stuff that you see here will go away once the upholstery is on there and tucked in tight and remember you have any questions or anything of what we've covered so far.

Please uh, just uh, send me a quick message and uh I'll reply to every single message that I get I'd love to see you guys doing this on your own and uh, enjoying the hobby on the other side, all right, Next, Step, all right.

Let's get a rough cut on this back.

All right, I've outlined the back of it to give us an idea of where we can rough cut it out and get that piece that we need.

This foam is not very good to cut with your good scissors, and these happen to be my good scissors.

Foreign foreign back down make a lot easier to work, with put it back together in a minute to get our pattern.

All right seems to be tacked up gently roll this over foreign got the first shot down now we're going to spray glue on this side and then get it down.

The compressor is going to kick on, so there may not be any sound on this next part.

Thank you all right.

So this is the uh that last little piece all right.

So this is the last little piece on each side where we ran out from the wrap around.

This is uh kind of like a contact blue.

You spray.

Both parts you've seen me, use it before you, let it tack up almost completely dry and then, as soon as it makes contact you put a little bit of pressure on it and uh, it's stuck for life.

Well, it's stuck for a long time.

Let's put it that way, all right! Let's cut this hole for the bracket and uh, let's see back together.

Okay, all right so I've gone around I've, measured out about five inches from the edge all the way around and made my little hash marks and I just double checked everything I think uh I, like the way the five inches look, I think I like the way the five inch looks phone here for the padding.

So what we'll use for the padding around the edges- and all this is going to do- is give it just a little bit more padding a little bit of definition.

Is the half inch soap foam now we need to make sure that the seat is in place on the edges and that it's not going to move all right, I'm drawing some lines on this just to kind of see where I want to be the design, that's kind of stuck in my head and uh still, not sure.

Yet let me uh, let me give you a sneak peek of what this stuff is going to look like, but check this out.

If you guys can see that or not that's going to be the insert, this is going in that baby.

This is going in that baby.

Blue uh Bronco down there, the Skyview blue, that's going to be the uh insert, that's going to go with it and that matches the uh off-white of the truck and then that matches the truck itself somewhat kind of give you an idea of where we're going with this seat.

So if you like what you see, you can watch part one where I did the frame.

This is part two, where we're doing the foam and the rough layout part three and possibly the last part, is uh cutting making patterns, cutting sewing and finishing up this seat.

Foreign cutting these uh, strips and I went with five inch strips and it's just going to give the upholstery a little raised.

Look around the edge okay foreign foreign, get those glue down and we'll do the same thing for the back.

Should I just do like three or four pleats, or should I do pleats all the way across this strip should I bring the strip down, should I do vertical strips just want to look cool and custom and not out of a box without getting too complicated over complicate an ice cream cone.

We'll do two up each side and I gotta figure out that strip up there.

Video unfinished here we go.

I got everything glued up and I've even gone around just a little bit and started uh sanding the edges just to give it a smooth.

Look now remember this gets upholstery, but the reason I'm giving this more detail now is because this is where I'll be pulling all of my patterns from for the upholstery, so gotta try to keep it symmetrically side, maybe be able to use the right side patterns for the left side Etc.

So there we go hopefully get this video posted up tonight, so you guys can see what's going on in the shop with Spanky, as always, thanks for watching Thanks for liking share subscribe all that good stuff keep the Channel Growing until next time.

We'll see you.

Building a Custom Bench Seat for your classic car ,truck or Hot Rod (2024)


How much fabric do I need to cover a truck bench seat? ›

Fabric or Vinyl. Approximately 4 yards should do.

Can you turn a bench seat into bucket seats? ›

This conversion is pretty straightforward and can be done at home if you have access to a welder. After removing the factory bench seat, test-fit the bucket seat to check and see which mounts will have to be cut off, moved, or modified.

What is bench folding seats in car? ›

A bench seat has one or two-piece pad which runs across the full width of the cabin and provides the back support for all passengers at the rear whether there's one, two or three of them.

What is the best material to make a bench seat? ›

Metal. Whether you're looking for a polished, glossy look or a style that adds character, metal possesses the properties that make it an excellent material choice for benches. Metal can be fabricated in many different shapes and styles and from a variety of metal types.

What thickness should a bench seat be? ›

In general, cushions of at least 50mm thick will be comfortable enough for a seating pad, 75mm for a bench or window seat, and approximately 100mm for a daybed.

What material is used for bench seats? ›

A bench is a long seat on which multiple people may sit at the same time. Benches are typically made of wood, but may also be made of metal, stone, or synthetic materials. Many benches have back rests, while others do not and can be accessed from either side.

What materials do I need to build a bench? ›

The bench requires some 2x4s, screws, and other standard woodworking supplies like glue and a saw. The cutting diagrams and placing illustrations in this plan are color-coded to make it super simple to piece together. Plus, all the measurements are clear and easy to understand.

How long should a bench seat be? ›

Most benches range in length from 42” to 60”. A dining bench that measures 42” to 52” will seat two adults or three kids nicely. Benches 53” to 83” can seat three adults. The space between table legs is also an important measurement, especially if you want to tuck your dining bench neatly under the table.

What size is a DIY bench seat? ›

The width of a standard bench seat depends on the number of people it is designed to seat. That said, a bench seat designed for two people typically has a width of 42- 52 inches; a bench seat for three people is approximately 53-80 inches wide, and bench seats above 80 inches wide can accommodate at least four people.

Can you put a bench seat in a truck? ›

Unlike sedans, most trucks still have the shifter on the steering column, making the bench seat an easy configuration to accommodate. Many front bench seats in trucks have a center position that primarily serves as storage with a center console.

Do you need a base for a bucket car seat? ›

Typically, you don't need the base to properly use your car seat — it's just a convenience. To install without the base, just thread the seat belt through the grooves on the side of the seat and tighten in the same manner as above.

Why aren t bench seats used anymore? ›

Automakers wanted to be able to install automatic seatbelts and airbags in cars and had a hard time making them for the center seat on the bench. Over time, carmakers crammed more stuff into the center console between the two bucket seats — everything from music players to climate controls and gear shifters.

What is a 40 20 40 bench seat? ›

Identifying Your Seats

800-453-8830 (US only) The most complicated seat is the 40/20/40. It has two splits and a center section which can serve as additional seating, and may fold down as an armrest. Rear 40/20/40 seats may have an armrest which folds out when the 20 section backrest is up.

What does 60 40 seat mean? ›

The difference between split-folding seat options is where the seats are split. You can think of the numbers like percentages. In 60/40 split-folding rear seats owners have the option to fold 100% of the rear seat, 60% of the rear seat (an outboard seat and the middle seat), or 40% of the rear seat (one outboard seat).

How much fabric is needed for car seats? ›

Things You'll Need

Most automotive upholstery fabric is 62 inches wide compared to 54 inches for furniture upholstery fabric. This means that one lineal or running yard of automotive upholstery fabric 62 inches wide is equivalent to 15.5 square feet or 1.72 square yards.

How many yards of fabric do I need to cover a seat cushion? ›

Q: Chair has seat and back front and back how do you measure on repeat fabric? A: 2 yards per chair should be enough in this case.

How many yards do I need to cover a chair seat? ›

You will need about 3 to 7 yards of fabric to reupholster a chair. This all depends on the type of chair. Simple dining room chairs with no arms, back, and base cushion will need 3 yards of fabric. High wing back, formal chairs will need about 7 yards.

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