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ChrisBailey
13-03-2010, 10:39 AM
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Pair-of-Lowside-F ... 1e5ae2157e (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Pair-of-Lowside-FibreGlass-Race-Seats-Black_W0QQitemZ130373784958QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_C arsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM?hash=item1e5ae2157e)

Has anybody used these before, Im considering them because I cant find any other seats that will fit, they look uncomfortable tho.

letterman7
13-03-2010, 02:27 PM
I sat in a similar pair in another car a couple years ago. Not as uncomfortable as you think, but a little snug for my fat ass. They are too upright for a Sterling/Nova application, so I can't say if they would fit in an Eagle or not?

Spacenut
13-03-2010, 05:52 PM
They look like the current crop of Caterham 7 seats. You can get foam inserts, but as Rick says, if they aren't your size they will be uncomfortable. The good news is they are narrow enough to fit in a 7even so they will fit in your Eagle! You will have to buy or fabricate a set of side mountings (probably fabricate as the usual side mount plates won't allow you to recline the seat far enough). Once it is at the right angle you might find the base of the seat under your knees is uncomfortably high - most fixed-back seats are designed for a more upright driving position, which these days I find monumentally unpleasant :D

Lauren

Peter
14-03-2010, 03:45 PM
Apart from being bl**dy expensive for what they are, more so when you consider foam and covers, width is good as is height but angles all wrong you need nearly 45 degrees in a SS/ Nova, as you can see below, unless you are very short, I'm a (heavy) std 5'10" and even with the floors slopped to minus 3" I still need all the slope I can get. Look at Mazda 5, Toyota MR or Jap van seats (Rascal, Carry, Vanette etc, they are just right, I have them and they are good a fit), not very sporty but comfy and they recline. The seats used in buggies like the GS Moon 260 and 400, etc (most Chinese stuff) are a good fit too and cheap at 90 each but again too upright but with a steel tube frames you could at least strip, cut and weld or heat and bend to the right angle.

wizrod
22-04-2017, 05:59 PM
I know I'm coming to this thread 7+ years late(!!)....

However I'm running a pair of GRP race seats in my Nova (with a MK2 roof) with no problems.

They are definitely a 'snug' fit, but once in, the feeling of security is amazing!

There are definitely tilted back...About a 3" height differential between the front and back mounting points, but this makes for a comfortable seating position, in terms of reaching the wheel & pedals and the head room (for my 6') is fine.

The other advantage is that since there is no padding, they are a lot smaller than 'normal' car seats, to there is much more flexibility with regard to locating the to get just the right position.

Anyway, there you go....My 2p worth... 😀

steve
22-04-2017, 06:39 PM
Hi Wizrod,
I'd be interested to know what you've chosen seat wise, any pics/links?
I am considering GRP seats to maximise headroom (I'm 6' 1) in my MK1
Have you dropped the floor? by how much?

Steve



I know I'm coming to this thread 7+ years late(!!)....

However I'm running a pair of GRP race seats in my Nova (with a MK2 roof) with no problems.

They are definitely a 'snug' fit, but once in, the feeling of security is amazing!

There are definitely tilted back...About a 3" height differential between the front and back mounting points, but this makes for a comfortable seating position, in terms of reaching the wheel & pedals and the head room (for my 6') is fine.

The other advantage is that since there is no padding, they are a lot smaller than 'normal' car seats, to there is much more flexibility with regard to locating the to get just the right position.

Anyway, there you go....My 2p worth... 😀

wizrod
22-04-2017, 09:32 PM
Hi Steve,

I'm sure I've posted some pix in a thread on here of the seats installed in my Nova....Can find it, though!! I'll grab some more tomorrow and post them.

Since there is no padding, you sit much lower, so you will get more Headroom from dropped pans (mine are dropped about 2-3 inches)

P.

wizrod
23-04-2017, 07:09 AM
I found those pics, but will wait until I'm home to post them as they are big.

However, to give an idea of placement, the bottom, back edge is about as far back as the seatbelt bolt on the tunnel.

wizrod
23-04-2017, 08:34 PM
here you go...

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You can see here how much space there is round the seat. there is plenty of scope to move it about a bit to get the perfect location. Also, front 2 mounting points are about level withthe original floor level. The rear of the seat is resting on a length of 20mm angle iron.

There would be plenty of scope to tweak the position of the seat to gain an extra inch (or more?) of head clearance, I think.

Here is how the seat fits in the context of the whole cockpit.
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Re: what are they...? I bought them from ebay a few years ago and can't recall the seller, but they are something like these (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-GRP-Black-Bucket-Seat-Kit-Car-Race-Rally-GRP0093/262943832230?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1% 26asc%3D43648%26meid%3D41e8167ffe6e4e1bbcbc99259f6 c2ec5%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D7%26sd%3D301 613273707), though mine were a lot cheaper (I think 150 for the pair).

Andrew
24-04-2017, 11:05 AM
Hi Wizrod,
I'd be interested to know what you've chosen seat wise, any pics/links?
I am considering GRP seats to maximise headroom (I'm 6' 1) in my MK1
Have you dropped the floor? by how much?

Steve

I'm fitting these

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PAIR-OF-UNIVERSAL-NARROW-BUCKET-SEATS-FOR-KIT-CAR-INC-WESTFIELD-CATERHAM-LOTUS-/301613273707?hash=item46398d526b:g:vPQAAOSw3ydVksK-

They are great for width, but in order to be able to close the roof without my head sticking through the roof, the front needs to be at least 2 inches higher than the back. My floor is dropped, by a couple of inches.

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steve
24-04-2017, 08:42 PM
That's great info - thanks both :cool1:

steve
02-07-2017, 07:02 PM
Hi Everyone, Just another follow-up on this, what is the width of your floorpan drops?
or, what is the widest seat you can fit in a dropped VW floorpan?

I understand this may vary from car to car depending on how the drops were fitted.

I'm looking at a fibreglass seat, fitting to a VW Pan that will have a 3 inch drop.
I have seen a seat that is 41cm wide at the base, will it fit?

TIA
Steve

Annabellabong
10-07-2017, 12:06 AM
I'm fitting these

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PAIR-OF-UNIVERSAL-NARROW-BUCKET-SEATS-FOR-KIT-CAR-INC-WESTFIELD-CATERHAM-LOTUS-/301613273707?hash=item46398d526b:g:vPQAAOSw3ydVksK-

They are great for width, but in order to be able to close the roof without my head sticking through the roof, the front needs to be at least 2 inches higher than the back. My floor is dropped, by a couple of inches.

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Wow, they look lovely. What are the measurements? I don't think I'd get them in my eagle.... but I can dream....

Andrew
10-07-2017, 10:24 AM
Wow, they look lovely. What are the measurements? I don't think I'd get them in my eagle.... but I can dream....

Total Height of Seat inc. Base: 80.5cm
Total Height of Seat Backrest: 77cm
Total Width of Seat Base at Widest Point: 41cm
Total Width of Seat top at Widest Point: 44cm
Total Width of Seat Back at Widest Point: 36cm
Internal Width of Cushion You Sit On at Back: 24cm
Internal Width of Cushion You Sit On at Front: 27.5cm

The drawback(?) is there is not a huge amount of padding. They are quite firm. Yet to try them on the road.

I don't think the width would be a problem in an Eagle the issue is is likely to be with the fixed back & head height.

The only NEW reclining seats I could find that would definitely fit width wise are the Corbeau Sportsman
http://www.sportseats4u.co.uk/corbeau-sportsman-classic-retro-seat/prod_852.html
Bit of a price difference though!

If you're up Marlow way pop in and try them for size/comfort.