Replace 2nd row bench with buckets

Discussion in 'Chevy Express Forum (GMC Savana)' started by carter3of3, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. carter3of3

    carter3of3 New Member

    I would like to to replace the 2nd row bench seat with two bucket seats. Not sure why this is not offered as an option.
  2. mfleetwood

    mfleetwood Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Welcome to the Club! Are you looking for opinions on if or how you should do this? If so, please provide details about your ride so people can provide the best responses possible.

    I've heard of people doing this to install a box or make room for other items....out of curiosity, why do you want to replace the bench?
  3. carter3of3

    carter3of3 New Member

    I need to replace my current full size van and going to order in the next month or two. The best choice is the Express or Savana with AWD. The regular use of the vehicle is for long trips with a max of 6 full size adults. having seats that recline would help make the long drives more comfortable.

    I am looking for a solution to replace the bench seat right behind the front bucket seats with two bucket seats. I want to avoid a conversion van. But I figure those van conversion company's have some extra front bucket seats.

    Has anyone tried this? Any ideas, plans, or part numbers would be helpful.

    What about removing the bench seat from the frame and mounting two front buckets to that frame?

    On a another note: 1500 Express and Savana passenger vans are very hard to find in my area, and AWD is non-existent.

    Thanks for help!
  4. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan The Sheriff Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    What's the Year/Make/Model of vehicle that you have? It would help us if you could put that in your signature.
  5. mfleetwood

    mfleetwood Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Gotcha....I thought you were actually asking in regards to a truck. I'm not familiar the Express or Savana, so I can't help you. Hopefully, someone will be along soon who is though and will be able to provide you some answers/guidance.

    Good luck!
  6. Bradj

    Bradj New Member

    Are you still looking for captains seats? What color and material are you looking for?
  7. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    I think a truck with this option might be kinda cool. :)
  8. mfleetwood

    mfleetwood Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    That would be an interesting option, especially for those that want to do more custom and/or audio work to the interior. Also, if it were an option, it would make it a heck of a lot easier for someone to convert the bench to buckets.
  9. jinsei

    jinsei New Member

    Interesting mod inside the vehicle and I would also do it if I have a Savana. I don’t usually go for the conventional vehicle design so this option (if will be available in the future) is really cool.
  10. newsie23

    newsie23 New Member

    I looked in to using bucket seats, also. There was a 01 -02 Savana/Express model with mid-buckets, but the floor brackets were different. I wanted to be able to put the buckets - row 2, one side, row 3, the other side, to carry plywood etc., between the seats. I installed row 4 floor brackets and belts in anticipation of this, but never got (found) the seats - but often put the (park) bench seat, in the row 4 position. Recently, I also determined that the 01-02 seats were from the Astro van, with different floor brackets. I never followed thru.

    I live north of Toronto; and have a AWD 03 passenger van with just 56000 KM, sunroof, left doors, most options (not tilt & cruise, rear heat/air). The local wholesaler offered me $2000 (I left immediately, he followed). I have had the van, to carry a snowmobile inside - when I visit a metropolis, etc., as I live in a water access location. I can no longer load/unload the snowmobile, after a lung operation! It is available - It will likely be gone, shortly.

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