I got lucky
in the junkyard one day and picked up a pair of very good
condition leather seats out of a Jeep Cherokee. It was a
half price day so I got them for $48 for both.
brackets were close but not exactly like the ones in the
Bronco. After a little measuring I could make them fit with
a little work.
used an angle grinder with a cutoff wheel to notch the
corners then I bent them to the proper angle.
then welded the open spot back up for strength.
little grinding and some paint, good as new.
bolt holes don't line up so I will have to drill new ones.
Off to the store for a set of nut and bolts with washers. I
have some steel laying around for backing plates.
is how they look in the Bronco.
sit about an inch higher than the stock ones which is fine
I mounted the seats I had to wire them so I could move them
back and forth. This was pretty easy since the was a 12 gauge
wire for a audio amp that was no longer being used under the
seat. The hard part was running the wire under the carpet to
the other side. I ended up pushing a 5' long piece of
sprinkler pipe from the passenger side as far as I could in
front of the center console. Then I pushed a length of
bailing wire thru it. I was just able to pull it with my
fingers then just taped the wire to it and pulled the whole
thing back out
cut up some 1" flat stock into 4" backing plates.
This is where the step drill bits come in handy. With a
normal bit it takes a while to dig thru this stuff, but a
step bit takes seconds. I had to drill them one size larger
than this pic.
then used two 5/16 x 1/14" and two 5/16 x 1 3/4"
bolts on each seat with washers, lock washers and
is one of the backing plates in place.
took a few hours to get them in right but they aren't going
anywhere. They are way more comfortable than the stock seats
and they are power controlled. The front switch pivots the
bottom of the seat back and forth, the middle toggle move
the seat up down left and right and the back switch tilts
the whole seat back and forth.
this is one of the best bang for the buck changes for the
Bronco. Next thing I need to do is clean them and vacuum it
out. It is still covered with Calico dust.