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64 Thunderbolt
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64 Thunderbolt seats

What is the proper front seats for the Thunderbolt? I'm building a clone I want to use the proper seats.
I've heard from some that there Dodge van seats & from others Ford Econoline van seats.
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Post Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:50 pm 
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iowafordman
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Ford Econoline van seats are what I've always read.

Post Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:10 pm 
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Thats what I thought they would have to be. I can't see Ford using another manufacturers. I've read though in some places on the internet that there Dodge van seats. In fact the other day I called Crites & that's what they told me as well.
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Post Sat Feb 26, 2011 4:49 am 
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Oddly enough, the Thunderbolts came with a back seat. One windshield wiper, no heater, no radio, no armrests, no visors, no carpet, no insulation, no seam sealer, but a back seat. The Dodge A100 van seats did not flip forward, so I can't imagine they would use front seats that didn't allow access to the back seat.

Post Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:26 am 
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That's what I thought. I was at a salvage yard today looking for parts & I found 2 Econoline vans. I forgot to take my camera to take pictures so I need to go back & look at them.
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Post Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:05 pm 
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jmgford
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They used Bostrom lightweight fleet type seats, found in A100's and possibly other vehicles. They did not flip forward. Access to the back seat was not a priority I guess. Here is photo I took of an original unrestored Thunderbolt.



I built a clone last year and used A100 seats. They looked exactly like these and the reproduction Thunderbolt seat covers fit them perfectly perfectly.

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64 Thunderbolt
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I was told by Crites there 60-67 Dodge van Bostrom seats. I just wouldn't have thought that Ford would have used these because of them being out of a Chrysler product. Do's anybody know where I can find a set?

jmgford, do you have any pictures of your Thunderbolt clone? Who is the best person to talk to about all of the details on building a clone?
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Post Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:18 pm 
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jmgford, where did you get your seat covers? I talked to Crites & they said they didn't have anymore.
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Post Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:26 pm 
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Bostrom was (is) a seat supplier to the automotive and truck industry. It isn't like they drove over the Dodge dealer and ordered them. I suspect there was some difference that made them more desirable or easier to install. I am sure they were purchased direct from Bostrom.

I got the covers from Crites.

This is the car.

http://fairlaneforums.easyphpbb.com/viewtopic.php?t=3577

Post Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:23 pm 
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quote:
Originally posted by jmgford:
Bostrom was (is) a seat supplier to the automotive and truck industry. It isn't like they drove over the Dodge dealer and ordered them. I suspect there was some difference that made them more desirable or easier to install. I am sure they were purchased direct from Bostrom.

I got the covers from Crites.

This is the car.

http://fairlaneforums.easyphpbb.com/viewtopic.php?t=3577


jmgford, very nice ride. Nice garage to! If you don't mind, I would like to talk to you personally some time about your build.
I found a set of 64 A100 seats yesterday for $75, if the guy can get another set, he's trying to sell the vehicle.
I'm sorry if I'm a little slow on responses, I don't get an email when people respond for some reason.
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Post Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:02 am 
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It is a nice garage. Unfortunately it's Doug's (the car's owner), not mine. Are you a member of the Fairlane Club?

Last edited by jmgford on Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:17 pm; edited 1 time in total

Post Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:59 pm 
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64 Thunderbolt
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quote:
Originally posted by jmgford:
It is a nice garage. Unfortunatley it's Doug's (the car's owner), not mine. Are you a member of the Fairlane Club?


Not yet! I plan on joining sometime in the future. What size is that garage?
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Post Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:36 pm 
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I think joining the Fairlane Club would be a huge benefit to you building this car.

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quote:
Originally posted by jmgford:
I think joining the Fairlane Club would be a huge benefit to you building this car.


Thanks for the advice I'll try to do that soon. I'm trying to find somebody that really knows all the details. This won't be a numbers matching car. What I want though is when you walk up to it at first you think it's the real deal.
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quote:
Originally posted by 64 Thunderbolt:
quote:
Originally posted by jmgford:
I think joining the Fairlane Club would be a huge benefit to you building this car.


Thanks for the advice I'll try to do that soon. I'm trying to find somebody that really knows all the details. This won't be a numbers matching car. What I want though is when you walk up to it at first you think it's the real deal.


You might want to contact this guy. He might be the guru you are looking for:
http://fairlaneforums.easyphpbb.com/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=4775

He has sent me several private messages pointing out what he thinks is incorrect about my car, plus he is in your neighborhood.

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