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I did the exact thing you want to do Tim. I took the buckets out of a S10 Blazer I found at the local wreckers. Putting them in is pretty easy as well.
2 - 1" x 3/8" bolts with nuts & washers.
Get as large a washer as possible for these two bolts. Use Grade 5 or 8 if possible.
2 - 2" x 3/8" bolts with nuts & washers
Get a washer that is about 1.5" - 2" in diameter.
Silicone Caulk. Bathtub silicone works great(I tried RTV. Doesn't work)
-Remove the bench Seat. The seatbelts are attached to the floorpan & are in the right place for the buckets as well so leave them.
-Mount the passenger side bucket on the studs the the bench was mounted to.
-Adjust the bracket on the other side till it is resting such that the bracket & floorpan is as close to even as possible(on this side it's easyt).
-Mark the location for the other two holes on the floorpan and drill with the right size bit(about 3/8). Do one hole at a time & check the position of the brackets after drilling the each hole(do the rear first, it's easier)
-Run the shorter bolt with washer up from the underside. If you drilled the holes "slightly" undersize, the bolts will not fall out the bottom when loosened.
-Tighten the bolts "finger tight" & check for any binding. If none exists(I didn't have any) get a friend to hold either the bolt or nut while you tighten the bolts. Be careful on the front bolt as the bolt runs through the front floor support which is only sheetmetal(You don't want to crush this[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]).
-Repeat this process on the drivers side. The driver's side does have on pecularity. The front inside mounting point on the drivers side isn't level. Drilling the front bolt on this side can be kind of tricky.
There is only one main problem with this method. The holes have to be drilled through the cab floor. That's what the silicone caulk is for.
83 S10 4x2
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