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#33 of 53 Re: adding seats to Express or Savana van [newsie23]
Aug 31, 2010 (1:42 pm)
You may know this by now, but the seats in a 2001-02 Express LT are modified seats from a Safari SLT/Astro LT. The brackets fit the mini-van. They removed the track for the bench seat but designed the storage compartment for the wire under the seat. You can put your bench seat on a track from an Astro bench seat and keep the storage box. An Express LS has two rails bolted to the floor. You can install factory rails, including a third seat to convert a 1500 to a 12 passenger by drilling the holes from underneath the van. The locations are easy to identify from underneath when you have a rail in your hand to see where the bolts are. As far as a "crew version" of a cargo van goes, one could buy an 8 passenger with the "delete seat" option to become a 5 passenger then remove the rear side glass and replace it with the hinged access doors for the cargo van upgrade. I owned a 99 1500 I made into a 12 passenger and now have a 2001 LT.
#34 of 53 Re: adding seats to Express or Savana van [express_ive]
Sep 01, 2010 (4:36 am)
Thank you, did not know the LT bucket seats came from the 'Astrofari'! I will check out these seats and brackets. I have already installed the (Express) brackets (and GM belts) in the rear most position, and occassionally use the 3seat bench, 'limo style' there. My seating needs are 1, 2, and occassionally 4. I need the Express to carry a snowmobile (inside) and then park in a populated area. The Passenger-Express, with the seats installed, is a !#$Pain, carrying plywood/drywall sheets, on the seat backs. Hopefully, in a ' 4 seat Express', I can carry long items between the seats
#35 of 53 Re: adding seats to Express or Savana van [miltruckman]
Mar 30, 2011 (5:30 pm)
Hi Bill! I am looking at purchasing a GMC Savana or Chevy Express soon. The one I am looking at right now is a 2002 GMC Savana. It is currently an 8 passenger. I was wondering what I need to know to figure out if I can add a third bench seat (to make it a 12 passenger). Also, where is the best place to find a used (but decent) seat?
#36 of 53 Re: adding seats to Express or Savana van [beckyjane]
Apr 01, 2011 (6:07 am)
I have installed the rails and belts, in my 03 AWD 1500 - to be able to move a seat to the rearmost position. I warned NOT to install an extra seat in a 1500 - I assume the 2500 and 3500 have 'proper credentials' for an extra seat
#37 of 53 Re: adding seats to Express or Savana van [newsie23]
Apr 04, 2011 (10:59 am)
Thank you for your reply! The van I am looking at is a 1500. So, are you saying you did it in your 1500, but that you were warned against it?
#38 of 53 Adding seats
Apr 04, 2011 (2:09 pm)
I made my purchase, conditional on the 'new tracks' and seat belts. My thought, was to find bucket seats (haven't) so I could carry ?plywood? etc., between the rear (bucket) seats, as I didn't need passenger capacity, and like the seat in the rear (limo style) with the luggage, in between. I don't like trucks - my 03 AWD has only 48-km (30-mi) - its main purpose is to carry a snowmobile inside, and park on the street in a metro area (& carry #$%^ for my buddies). It is truly better than any pickup. Early on, there was an AWD 2500 cargo van, with limited 'extra' capacity rating. I assume, my dealer was concerned with any legal liability, if 'he' was enabling any overload, passenger capacity, for himself or GM. It truly is a stupid, one passenger vehicle!
#39 of 53 Re: adding seats to Express or Savana van [newsie23]
Dec 02, 2011 (2:41 pm)
Becky - I also have an 03 AWD 1500 and am adding a 4th row. where did you get your rails?
#40 of 53 Re: adding seats to Express or Savana van [coloradovan]
Dec 02, 2011 (3:13 pm)
I assume my dealer, used the GM Parts bin, as they match the existing rails. They are installed in an offset position, to 'fit the seat' in its width.
#41 of 53 2001 Express waiting to tow 7k trailer
Dec 21, 2011 (9:46 am)
">I have a 2001 Express LT van. We're waiting to tow a 7000k travel trailer with it. Book says it can 7600k with the right set-up. So what is the right set-up?
Here's what I'm guessing I would need:
* Electric trailer brake controler
* Weight distubution hitch
* Transmission cooler
What else do you all think I need to install?
#42 of 53 console seat for 2000 chevy express van
Dec 26, 2011 (10:52 am)
My son has a 2000 Chevy express van with 2 front bucket seats and has 2 children that require child seats. Is there a center console seat or jump seat available that would fit between the 2 bucket seats so he could install a child seat when needed? Or would a low back bucket seat also work?