How easy (or dumb) is it to swap a split bench into a Vista Cruiser? - ClassicOldsmobile.com


General Discussion Discuss your Oldsmobile or other car-related topics.

Reply
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old November 13th, 2017, 11:11 PM   #1
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 370
How easy (or dumb) is it to swap a split bench into a Vista Cruiser?

I got a good offer on a front split bench seat from John, but it is for a two door. Are there any differences between a two door split bench seat and a 4 door split bench aside from the seat back tilting forward? In particular, I'm not sure if the seat height, depth, width or some other important dimension would be different and then maybe I could have trouble with the cargo floor panels that are supposed to neatly fit together with the folded 2nd row seats to form a flat cargo floor?...

Also, was there a split bench option for a Vista Cruiser and how common was it?....
tcolt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 14th, 2017, 07:30 AM   #2
Old(s) Fart
 
joe_padavano's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 27,405
First, a "split bench" is a bench seat that is physically two parts that can be adjusted individually - basically two wide bucket seats that touch in the middle. These were options on later Oldsmobiles, but not 1960s cars.

What you are talking about is simply a bench seat from a two door. No, these were never installed in four door cars. Dimensionally they are identical to a four door bench and are interchangeable from a mounting and fitment standpoint. Frankly, a two door bench in good condition is probably worth more than one for a four door.
joe_padavano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 14th, 2017, 07:42 AM   #3
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 370
Thanks for explaining the terms Joe. I had heard it so often here, that I made the false assumption that's what they meant.

So, do you see any down-side to installing a 2-door bench seat? The lucky thing for me is that this one it apparently fairly worn and I can afford it and it's making the trip from Oregon to me along with a bunch of other parts, so it's the right time for me to restore it before I would have done my 4 door bench anyway...

Last edited by tcolt; November 14th, 2017 at 12:07 PM.
tcolt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 14th, 2017, 07:52 AM   #4
Old(s) Fart
 
joe_padavano's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 27,405
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcolt View Post
Thanks for explaining the terms Joe. I had heard it so often here, that I made the false assumption that's what they meant.

So, do you see any down-side to installing a 2-door bench seat? The lucky thing for me is that this one it apparently fairly worn and I can afford it and it's making the trip from Oregon to me along with a bunch of other parts, so it's the right time for me to restore it before I would have done my 4 door inch anyway...
No down side. It bolts right in.

While the bench seat halves won't fold flat, on the 68 Vista I had in college I installed buckets. The passenger bucket would fold flat, which allowed me to easily carry some very long items. You could fold the passenger bucket and the passenger side of the second seat and still carry two people in the back seat.
joe_padavano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 14th, 2017, 11:00 AM   #5
Registered User
 
oldspackrat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 4,426
If you're going to switch seats, maybe see if you can get one from a Supreme? Those had the fold down arm rest & are handy to have on long trips & they still fold forward & in towards the center.
oldspackrat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 14th, 2017, 12:03 PM   #6
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 370
Wow. I didn't even think about that. You'd be able to carry VERY long pieces. Thanks.

It looks like I made another mistake in describing the seat because it IS the bench seat with the arm rest. The only problem is the arm rest is missing and it's fairly rough. I'm wondering how easy it will be to find the center arm rest and how much more work it will be to fix all the foam on this one?...
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCN2158.JPG (3.33 MB, 8 views)
File Type: jpg DSCN2162.JPG (3.32 MB, 5 views)
File Type: jpg DSCN2165.JPG (3.33 MB, 8 views)
tcolt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 14th, 2017, 12:14 PM   #7
Registered User
 
oldspackrat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 4,426
I know a guy that has the center armrest pieces and parts. ��
oldspackrat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 14th, 2017, 12:15 PM   #8
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 370
Hah! Thanks. Can I contact him?...
tcolt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 14th, 2017, 06:27 PM   #9
Registered User
 
Greg Rogers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: near Lansing, Michigan
Posts: 1,043
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcolt View Post
Wow. I didn't even think about that. You'd be able to carry VERY long pieces. Thanks.

It looks like I made another mistake in describing the seat because it IS the bench seat with the arm rest. The only problem is the arm rest is missing and it's fairly rough. I'm wondering how easy it will be to find the center arm rest and how much more work it will be to fix all the foam on this one?...
"fairly rough" I guess so!! Right after I bought my vista I went to the Olds Homecoming and there was this Bench seat for sale for $10. I bought it and cleaned it up and put it in my Vista. It is a 2 door bench with center arm rest. It fits great and now I have a arm rest. I'll bet you can get a better seat than that one ! Maybe from Scott!
Greg Rogers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 14th, 2017, 06:44 PM   #10
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 370
Quote:
Originally Posted by Greg Rogers View Post
"fairly rough" I guess so!! Right after I bought my vista I went to the Olds Homecoming and there was this Bench seat for sale for $10. I bought it and cleaned it up and put it in my Vista. It is a 2 door bench with center arm rest. It fits great and now I have a arm rest. I'll bet you can get a better seat than that one ! Maybe from Scott!
Better yes, but for $50 and it can ride along for free with my other parts to L.A? Of course I have to figure out how much the center arm rest will cost me. Do you have Scott's email address?

Thanks, Tom
tcolt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 14th, 2017, 06:45 PM   #11
Registered User
 
Greg Rogers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: near Lansing, Michigan
Posts: 1,043
I found a pic.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_2003.JPG (168.3 KB, 6 views)
Greg Rogers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 14th, 2017, 06:50 PM   #12
Registered User
 
Greg Rogers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: near Lansing, Michigan
Posts: 1,043
I don't have his email address but you can PM him on here just using his oldspackrat name.
Greg Rogers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 14th, 2017, 06:51 PM   #13
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 370
Sweet. I'll give you $20 for it. That's how easy you can double your money. :-)

What did it come out of? Do you have Scott's user name?
tcolt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 16th, 2017, 06:37 AM   #14
Registered User
 
Greg Rogers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: near Lansing, Michigan
Posts: 1,043
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcolt View Post
Sweet. I'll give you $20 for it. That's how easy you can double your money. :-)

What did it come out of? Do you have Scott's user name?
It Is Oldspackrat. He has a bunch of stuff.
Greg Rogers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Yesterday, 08:11 PM   #15
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 370
Thank you. I have contacted him. I was a little slow to realize Scott was the packrat :-)..
tcolt is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
72 Supreme split bench seat w/fold down arm rest green fabric/cloth 4-ever-olds Parts For Sale 7 November 14th, 2017 06:56 PM
200R4 swap into Vista Cruiser WoofWagon Transmission 33 February 16th, 2016 11:59 AM
Split bench in a car with a solid bench? Dead Reckon Interior/Upholstery 4 December 8th, 2013 04:23 PM
68-72 Cutlass / 442 Split Front Bench w/ Armrest 69442 Parts For Sale 1 October 13th, 2011 05:38 AM
Split bench seat trim Chumley Interior/Upholstery 2 September 25th, 2011 08:43 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:04 PM.


All content Copyright 2017 by Internet Brands, Inc. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.