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Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, GMC Savana Cargo, Van
#4 of 53 adding seats to Express or Savana van
Jun 24, 2005 (1:26 pm)
Hello, Someone ask about adding seats to their van.
I added three bench seats to my Express cargo van by getting the tracks, seat belt winders, and seats from an older Savana van and installing them in my Express cargo van.
It worked out really well. I can now haul 11 people!
I can tell more about it, If someone is planning to do this.
#7 of 53 Re: adding seats to Express or Savana van [miltruckman]
Aug 24, 2006 (7:38 am)
Bill, I am adding a bench seat to my 8 passenger Express passenger van. I am about to do the drilling through the floor board. Did you have any problem and was there a exhaust shield in your way? If you read this post this month (August 2006) I would appreciate your input.
#8 of 53 Re: adding seats to Express or Savana van [vanowneraz]
Aug 24, 2006 (11:30 pm)
where are you located ?
I added a bench to my 1500. worked out fine.
#9 of 53 Re: adding seats to Express or Savana van [fuld]
Sep 21, 2006 (9:20 pm)
I finally got the seat in with help from a friend who is a Gunsmith. He had all the correct tools and the seat was installed in less than 2 hours. The one problem I still have is the after-market seat belts do not look the same as the seat belts that are factor. The after market belts do not bolt in the same either. I am trying to figure how to get them in or if I should just e-bay the belt and go buy OEM belts that should bolt in perfectly without any question.
Did you have any issues with installing seat belts or did you have belts that were GM? I got all my seat belts for $114 and I know if I buy belts that are GM it could cost $100 each.
#10 of 53 Re: adding seats to Express or Savana van [vanowneraz]
Sep 24, 2006 (6:35 pm)
I installed GM belts, which I bought from a place in california http://www.discountvantruck.com/
#11 of 53 Re: adding seats to Express or Savana van [fuld]
Sep 25, 2006 (7:57 pm)
I got my seat and After-market belts from the same shop. I only had the choice to buy after market belts for the 2001 Express. I am sounding like a broken record but the retractor part of the belt is not for my year and I either have to go to a salvage yard to get a part of a later year Express to mount the retractor of the belt or go buy some OEM belts from a Chevy/GMC dealer.
Did your retractor and belts look exactly like the rest of the stock seat belts that were in your van? with no plastic around the retractor and two seperate belt clips to attach the belt on both sides of the seat? On my after market belt it attaches to the seat by bolts on one side and a standard belt clip only at the end of the belt. Below is how my after market belt looks like:
The challenge that I am having is how to mount the retractor part of the seat belt on the back wall. I bought some factor bolt from a GMC dealer so that I would have the correct bolts (right strength and size) but I do not see how I am going to fit this retractor on the back wall of the van. Any suggestions.
Aug 08, 2006 (6:42 am)
I have 2001 Express LT, love it, hate the mirrors vibrating.
A turkey vulture actually ripped off the entire passenger side mirror, I thought, I'll just replace them with the new and improved heated with turn signals version, I believe 03-06.
Based on your experience, what are your comments on these mirrors?