Trucks are great utility vehicles, and can perform a lot of tasks, including carrying people. If you find yourself carrying a lot of people in your bed and want to make their trip a bit more comfortable, you can install a seat. It should take about an hour or so.
Things You'll Need
- 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set
- Drill and drill bits
- 3/8-inch nuts, bolts and washers
- Bench seat
- Permanent Marker
Locate a bench seat that will fit in the bed of your truck. Popular options here would be a bench seat from a Chevrolet Silverado, an Astro van, or a Toyota pickup. You want a seat that mounts to a flat floor.
Center the seat in the forward portion of the bed, so that the back of the bench leans against the back glass of the cab. Make sure the floor mounts are in a good place to drill, meaning a flat surface.
Mark the mounting holes for the seat on the floor of the bed using the permanent marker. This is where you will be mounting the seat, so make sure it's accurate.
Move the bench seat out of the truck and drill the holes for the seat at the points you just marked. Move progressively up in bit sizes until you get to a 3/8-inch bolt size.
Move the bench seat back into the bed and bolt the seat to the bed using the 3/8-inch ratchet and sockets. Make sure to use large washers on both sides of the bolt.
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