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I want to upgrade the seats in my '65 2+2 with some later model high-backs. I've located some seats out of an '85 GT but I don't know exactly what they look like. Does anybody have any pictures? What other years would be a nice upgrade? I'd like some Flo-fit or Recaro seats but my budget says NO.... I'm also considering some 69/70 Mach 1 seats but I'm concerned about the lack of adjustability. Any opinions? thanks, Todd.
 

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I don't have pictures, but I do have an 85 GT. IMHO never thought the seats were that comfortable. They lack proper back support. I think the later model years have better lumbar support. Plus the head rest in the 85 seats is pretty much cosmetic as opposed to functional. I drove it everyday for 10 years and the seats in my 67 are almost as comfortable to me, and that's not saying much.
 

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We have the 70 high back seats in the 65 Fastback. I Am 6' 2" and my head hits the roof. Its not very comfortable. I have researched the Procar seats by Scat. They provide 5 more inches of sitting height then the 70 high backs. You can have the seats custom covered for just a few bucks more. they don't have all the lumberd adjustments and such but If your tall The 70 seats are not the way to go. If your 6' or less they will be ok. My son is 6' and he's fine with the seats. We may be selling the seats we have. The frames were completely sandblasted, repaired and painted. New buns and medium blue TMI standard cover. I would probably have to get $600 for them.
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P.S. I know I shouldn't be "advertising" here I'm not really. I haven't really thought of selling them. We don't have replacement seats yet and it would be hard to drive the car without any seats.
 

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For the last month or so, I've been looking for some nice high-backs for my 66. There's TONS of seats on Ehay, just go to Ehay motors and search on seats. I've been leaning toward late model Camaro leather seats (I know, it's blasphemy!). There seems to be lots of them for sale, they're relatively cheap (saw some go for ~$250), the frame rails seem like an easy conversion, they're relatively low, and the upholstry pattern looks like it would go OK with the stock Stang back seat.

There's also lots of mid-year and late model Mustang seats on Ehay. I don't like the looks of the 80's stang seats, just doesn't seem like it would look right in a classic. Now late model leather seats, especially with the embroidered pony, would look great, but these tend to go for $500+. Many BMW and Porsche seats also have the right "look" to them, but they're $$$$!

Anyway, let us know what you end up doing. Good luck!
 

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I have seats from a '93 Mustang in my daughter's '69. You can see pics by going to my VERY outdated website (click on my sig pic). I paid $150 for them at a junk yard, then we died them black. They are very comfortable and look like they belong in the '69. Plus, the cloth doesn't get hot on the 110 degree summer days of Sacramento.

We put seats from a '98 Tempo in my son's '65. Great seats, and very comfortable, but I think they're too tall, so don't really look right, IMHO. But for $35 at Pic'NPull, I sure couldn't complain about the price.

Any seats from any Ford 2 door car are almost a direct bolt in. You just need to drill one hole per seat track in the bottom of the Ford seat, and bolt on your existing tracks. Ford has kept the same width of their seats from at least 1965 to present.
 
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I recently looked at the same swap (for my 73), but decided that the 90's seats were a better sitting/looking/supportive seat. I went with a set of 95 leather seats, had to use the existing tracks but did manage to keep the power lumbar adjustment. Direct bolt-in by drilling one hole per seat. I had the rears covered to match with a synthetic cover, not identical but very close and much cheaper than leather.
 

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thanks for all the great ideas. I think I'll pass on the '85 GT seats for now. I'm still considering the 69/70 Mach I seats, as I am less than 6' so I shouldn't have a problem.

thanks again.. and keep the ideas coming!
Todd.
 
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Todd,
I am 5'11" and have an unknown brand of plastic racing seats in my '70 Sportsroof. I only clear the headliner by about an inch and thats without a helmet. The headroom is marginal with the stock 69/70 seats and is terrible with most aftermarket.
 

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From this reply, you can see that I have an 85 GT that I bought new and is a well preserved example of the type. While I find the seats pretty comfortable, I would worry about their durability. Most 85 GT seats were grey with red piping, although I have seen some red ones. They tended to show signs of wear fairly quickly which would be my main concern. The 86's GTs were pretty much the same as the 85s. I also have an early 90s Escort GT with grey upholstery and red piping, but the material has much better wear quality than the 85 GT. I have over 100K miles on the Escort and the seats show no wear at all. Unfortunately, they are not very comfortable at all.
 

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I went with seats from a 85 LSC markVII,they are a much better looking seat than the mustang and look much like a 80's style recaro.they have power lumbar support and the original seat tracks will bolt on by drilling one hole for each.i'm still waiting for them to come back from upolsterer or I would post picks.I had them bolted in car already and they looked great.very comfortable with good steering clearance.
 

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I have 94 GT seats in my 67. It took me forever to find affordable seats, but I got a deal and a half on em. They weren't in the best shape (small tear on the drivers seat), but it wasn't anything a little needle and thread couldn't fix. They are definately more comfortable than my old seats. My old seats were causing me back pain on long drives due to the lack of lumbar support. I was able to keep the inflatable lumbar on the 94 seats which is very convienent, and helpful for my back. If I had the cash I would have gotten those nice new leather ones with the running pony on the seat back, but alas, I am cheap, and $500 was too much for those nice seats. So I recommend 94 and up seats, they are comfortable and look nice in the car.
 
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