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Front seats on 1981-1985 Escorts.

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  1. Howard G

    Howard G FEOA Member

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    I am curious if there is a proper name for the front seats on the early 1st generation Escorts that have the one piece back. I know about the seats with the adjustable headrests. I could guess that both styles are called bucket seats. But what are the proper names for these seats, if any? I feel like an idiot not knowing, but I have over looked that detail about those seats, and would like clarification one this. I did find a 1982 GL 2 door hatchback with adjustable headrests on the front seats, and want to swap those out with the other style to match, if I get the car. Please help here. Thanks.
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    Got pics?
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    These are the seats I was talking about. Is there a proper name for them? Picture from: "The truth about cars."
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    Thought I had another picture,but both are from 1981 Escorts.
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    ricksgt MY 1989 Ford Escort Terlingua GT .

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    Fine you some Fox body mustang seats ,,,same setup :thumbsup:
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    Those seats don't look like the ones I had in my 1985GT.
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    I do remember the Fox body seats for the early 80s Mustangs, and they really made the Mustang look sexy. Those Mustangs were very nice, and the contours of those seats gave Mustangs more appeal. These same seats on the Escort were nice, and made those look pretty. I just wanted to know the proper name for that style of seat though. I like those seats for the look, and they are just very comfortable.
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    The seats I showed in the picture were used on the 1981-1985 Escort L and GL models, and I was wondering what the names for those seats were. Someone mentioned Fox body seats for the 1981-1985 Mustangs. Are they the same name? The Escort GT was a different thing. I actually did just find a 1983 Escort GT for sale on the facebook market place. Thanks for your help, by the way.
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    They are "High-backs"
    The other style is "Low-back"

    The 84/85 Turbo & 86-90 GT seats are often referred to as "Halo seats" with their halo headrests - these are what we instinctively acknowledge as "Mustang seats" despite the early Escort low-backs being awfully similar to the 79-82ish Mustang low-backs too.

    The ones shown are interesting, vinyl seats with cloth centers
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    Thank you! That's what I wanted to know. If I needed to, where would I find seats like this? A short number of years ago you could go to the junk yard for such parts. Now I would guess you have to go through specialty places. I would also be looking for things like rims too, particularly for a spare tire. I get rid of the donut on any car right away.
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    Howard G

    Seats are awfully hard to find, especially where I live where Escorts/EXPs (or anything else over 20 years old) don't even exist in yards anymore......

    Parts cars are your best bets but the high-backs are pretty rare, no matter which Escort/EXP you bought those costed extra. But the Lynx/LN7 is a more premier car typically found with more options so you're more likely to find high backs in an LN7/Lynx but the search will still be long and hard.....
    I don't even think the Mustangs used those high-backs either but any Mustang seat bolts right in (like I said some are identical, or at least nearly). Many other Ford seats bolt right in too, just don't throw out your Escort's chair rails without them you'll have a really hard time bolting anything to your floor pan.

    There's a lot of Ford wheels available for the 81-90 cars, I recommend keeping the econo-spare because any wheel wider than the Escort wheels (6" I think) won't fit in the spare tire well without the carpet sticking up in the air. If you can't find Escort spares the spares in the NON-SVT Contour/Mystique is near identical and bolts right up.

    But here's most of your Ford wheel options:
    79-93 Mustang/Capri (not SVO)
    80s/90s 4-lug Thunderbird/XR7
    Contour/Mystique (including SVT)
    1st gen Focus (including SVT)
    81-90 Escort/Lynx/EXP/LN7
    Tempo/Topaz
    Pinto/Bobcat
    Modern Fiesta

    If you have the 81-83 suspension you will need 1/4" spacers for most of those to clear everything up front, but if you fit a tire any taller or wider than 195/60 it will rub against your frame up front.
    The 84-90 suspension is more lenient, they can have larger tires and bigger wheels less likely to need spacers.
    Rear suspension on both eras is the same, you don't usually need any spacers in the rears unless you want to match the front better - I strongly recommend this as the rear fenders stick out a lot farther than the fronts.

    If you have 13"s right now you'll notice a BIG different switching to 15"s or bigger, happy hunting!

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