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Super Duty Seats in OBS Extended Cab 40/20/40
So I have a unique case for my seat swap. The Super Duty extended cab trucks have a 3rd door, whereas the OBS extended cab trucks have special seat tracks that allow for substantial forward movement on the seats. I have completely manual seat tracks with manual recline and manual lumber from a 2000 Super Duty (picked up a full 40/20/40 set for $50!!)
I initially tried the SD seat tracks, but they would not have centered the seats, would not have fit over the hump very well, would have covered up the driver's seat belt floor bracket, would have required extensive work and I using them I would not have had access to my rear seats. I have kids so that just wouldn't work if I want to use this truck for hauling the fam around.
So I though I would find a set of seat brackets from the upull it yards. Fortunately for me, they were having a half off sale that weekend, so I managed to pick up one from an extended cab truck and one from a Ford Bronco for $9 total. The Bronco seat brackets are identical to the OBS extended cab seat brackets.
I installed the seat brackets in the cab and put the super duty seats on top of them and centered everything. The cool thing here is that the front and outside stock bolt hole in the SD seats will line up perfectly with the same hole on the OBS tracks to center the seats and put them in the perfect position. So I bolted up the front outside bolt with a 10mm socket and then lined up the inside front bolt and marked it with a drill. Then I took my step bit and drilled a hole for a 5/16" bolt (as I had them, washers, and nylock nuts laying around). I then put in a bolt in the other front hole, slid the tracks forward, and marked the two back holes, drilled them and put washers on both sides. I bolted everything down and the seats fit in perfectly.
On the center seat, I just have it sitting there as a console for now and it isn't bolted in, I need to find the center x-bracket for the middle seat from an OBS extended cab. I will post results of that as there will have to be a little work as there are a couple bolts from the upper seat cushion/console piece that bolted into the stock floor bracket on the SD "20" seat. I will likely just weld up an intermediate piece from the SD bracket to mount it to the OBS x-bracket for the "20" seat on that.