Buckets to Bench?
I'm looking for an A body convertible that can seat six, which requires a bench front seat. While there are some cars available with this, it pales in comparison to those with buckets, since many cars born with a bench have been converted to buckets over the years. While I can find some base cars with a bench - Tempest/Cutlass/etc - I'd really prefer the muscle version, such as the GTO/442/etc.
I know it seems like sacrilege, since the opposite is so commonly done, but what would it take to convert a 65-67 GTO convertible to a front bench? I realize that a console automatic would be thousands to change the shifter/steering column, etc - so I'm mainly considering manuals for this.
I realize that a bench seat/foam/covering would be involved. I assume different brackets for the seat.
If the car has a console, and it's removed, does it usually require new carpet? I assume there must be a boot/trim piece that would be needed for the shift lever?
Any idea what this would cost? There are a bunch of restored GTO convertibles at Mecum in a couple weeks, but they are all buckets.