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  • Fitting a bench Seat into a Channeled Hot Rod

    Channeling an early 30's car looks the cat's meow but it creates ALL sorts of problems with actually making the car drivable inside. Every step of this project I've had to take a step back and figure out how to fit everything into the car with the decreased room inside. Because the transmission and driveshaft tunnel protrude up above the floor now I couldn't just put the seat up on top of the tunnel or I'd have my head up out of the roof. I needed to get the driver and passengers butts as close to the floor as possible.
  • Remember the bench seat? Forget it, because it's gone next year

    1963 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan (Photo courtesy General Motors)

    I remember my family piling into my mom's 1963 Oldsmobile 98, with its huge bench seats covered in plastic! Both the front and back seats were benches, so you could fit up to 6 people in the car. Most cars had benches back then, with only sporty cars featuring the much cooler bucket seats.

    Now bench seats will be only a fond memory, as GM has announced that it will no longer offer the bench seat option on 2014 and later Chevrolet Impalas.

    Perhaps you didn’t even realize that any manufacturer was still putting bench seats into their passenger cars...evidently even some Impala buyers were unaware of that, since just 10% of purchasers chose the 3-passenger bench option.

    So those benches will be gone from passenger cars starting next year, but if you'd like to relive the memories of one writer who understood what the bench seats meant to teenagers, check out the Wastegate Blog here.

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