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TwoOfUs
30-01-2013, 08:52 PM
A really basic one, this.

My car is equipped with a pair of Cobras (no, not the snake), which have suffered the ravages of people with studs on the backs of their jeans. Recovering seems an expensive exercise and they are bolted to the floor, also. I want to move the seats nearer the dash.

Can someone recommend affordable replacements on runners? Whilst I can find out the depth of seats and width from manufacturers, there seems to be nothing about the height of the runners should you want them. I'm five eleven, if that's relevant.

Assuming runners can be installed, what have owners fitted?

Thanks

Al

LotusNova
31-01-2013, 08:04 AM
I can't help on the seats, but I used to use these runners. I think a 1 inch height is fairly 'normal':

https://www.europaspares.com/product/0/ ... _Ssr_.html (https://www.europaspares.com/product/0/13538/Universal_Seat_Runners___rich_Ssr_.html)

I took them out in the end as I needed the headroom. I may still have them lying around somewhere (can't remember whether or not I gave them away with my old seats). If you're interested, I'll have a look this weekend (you can have them if you cover the postage).

Peter
31-01-2013, 02:34 PM
I'm 5'10 and a bit, so close, I had Bedford Rascel/Suzuki minivan seats in my SS which after several other tries were still the best fit.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v219/Ukhozi/inside/seats.jpg
I have a pair of Westfield highbacks going spare but you will find them too small as did I so I'm thinking of bolting them to an old office chair base for my computer desk, the 'Chinese' reclining buggy sports seats are very good and a pair of high back sports recliners will set you back about 150 with runners and shipping on Ebay (http://tinyurl.com/a3aj67k), these guys are very good and are good for seat belts too.I have them in my SS now and although they are a bit snug on the seat sides to tunnel fit. On these, in order not to have any problems with runners I bolted a couple of 4cm wide steel plates across the mounting holes on the seats and them mounted the runners inboard about 3cm each side, it only added 3mm to the height.
I know there is a pair of silver ones in a Stirling somewhere. We have to bare in mind we only have 47cm on a VW floor from tunnel to chassis side to fit anything in.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v219/Ukhozi/NEWSEATS.jpg
As these came with runners I have a set of runners as above going spare. they cost about 30 each at the time.
I tried full size sports seats, (Cobras, Sparco, etc) and they are usually 52cm and wider and don't fit in.

MicksRedNova
31-01-2013, 07:15 PM
Check out aftermarket seats that fit the Mazda MX5 on eBay. I have a standard MX5 seat in the passenger position and a 'Cobra like' race seat in the drivers side and paid 35 quid for the pair from an MX5 owner who was upgrading to leather. Both are on the standard MX5 runners and can recline. With my dropped floorpans I found I needed to mount the runners on a 1" box section to raise them up a bit (I'm 5' 8"). Width wise they fit within the body no problem but I had to take the recline lever plastic covers off so they don't catch as you slide them back and forth.

Mick

TwoOfUs
01-02-2013, 11:51 AM
Thanks for the information, all, and the offers.

I'm going to pursue Peter's Chinese items, which look fine and come with runners.

Alwyn

PaddyX21
01-02-2016, 03:10 PM
http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq334/stevedowd/holy20thread20resurrection.jpg

Anyway...

Smart ForTwo seats look pretty, well, smart... and are narrow fitment - anyone tried them?

I'm sticking with the MX5 ones for now at least, but the Smart seats caught my eye on fleabay as a possibility

https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQP9k5FiWqAISRdo93Q1TeBiDXdMbxGu 4AfaEHdQMcHfOj3_3Me

Alzax3
01-02-2016, 06:38 PM
You might want to check the height of the seat backs - they look awful long (but then the MX5s might well do out in the open, it's been 10 years since I've seen them out of the car....

islandman
01-02-2016, 11:49 PM
http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq334/stevedowd/holy20thread20resurrection.jpg

Anyway...

Smart ForTwo seats look pretty, well, smart... and are narrow fitment - anyone tried them?

I'm sticking with the MX5 ones for now at least, but the Smart seats caught my eye on fleabay as a possibility

https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQP9k5FiWqAISRdo93Q1TeBiDXdMbxGu 4AfaEHdQMcHfOj3_3Me


Actually there seems to be loads on eBay, many sets under 100 pounds. I saw one individual seat for 27 pounds, almost cheap enough to be worth a punt to buy it first and then check fitment. If I were still in the UK I would probably give it a try.

islandman
05-02-2016, 07:02 AM
I emailed a Smart seat seller for these measurements and this is what I got back

"http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/ww131/islandmanhere/seat%20measurements_zpskyd4cja1.jpeg (http://s713.photobucket.com/user/islandmanhere/media/seat%20measurements_zpskyd4cja1.jpeg.html)


A= 830 or 890, bottom of the seat back or to the seat cushion
B= 440
C= 480

Passenger seats fold 90 degrees forward drivers seat recline but it is possible to have 2 drivers seats (1 from LHD & 1 RHD)"

The problem is I don't have access to my Nova to check my floor pan drops to see if they would fit. Does anyone with floor pan drops have a tap measure handy to see the maximum width at the front and the back? :please:

steve_d
05-02-2016, 12:34 PM
On Patrick's we have 425 front, 450 rear

Steve

islandman
05-02-2016, 12:41 PM
Thanks Steve.

So the rear of the seat may just squeeze in but not the front, although the front measurement is probably the top foam part which would bend in a bit if necessary...Oh well the hunt continues for off the shelf production recliners that fit...... I thought these would but hey ho :giveup:

PaddyX21
05-02-2016, 02:55 PM
Thanks Steve.

So the rear of the seat may just squeeze in but not the front, although the front measurement is probably the top foam part which would bend in a bit if necessary...Oh well the hunt continues for off the shelf production recliners that fit...... I thought these would but hey ho :giveup:

I suspect that is as close as or closer than the MX5 ones.

MR2 ones are used by some other kit car people, not sure how they compare, very similar to MX5 I would have thought.

107/C1/Aygo is a possible
VW up!/SEAT Mii/koda Citigo are also possible sources

PaddyX21
05-02-2016, 03:02 PM
up! seat:

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NzY4WDEwMjQ=/z/m68AAOSwd4tUDWag/$_57.JPG

Citigo seats:

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NzY4WDEwMjQ=/z/yQkAAOSwo0JWINHW/$_57.JPG

Pug 107:

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTU5N1g4ODI=/z/4YgAAOSwYaFWgy4s/$_57.JPG

C1:

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTA4MFgxMDcx/z/lB4AAOSwiwVWRON1/$_57.JPG

Spacenut
05-02-2016, 06:40 PM
They all look narrow enough to work, depending on the depth of floorpan drops, but one note of caution, based on my experience as a passenger in Nova Nigel's car, is that seats like this aren't designed to be driven in a highly reclined state - the position of the backrest hinge can open up a large gap between the base and the backrest. OK, Nigel's car was an original ADD car with no floorpan drops, so the Chinese recliners were REALLY reclined, but this could be the same for you, depending on how tall you are.

Once you are in a Nova, I've found there is little room to move about, so fixed-back seats might be a better option. Lighter too...

Lauren

Phill
05-02-2016, 07:18 PM
My floorpans measure 475mm at the back and 430mm at the front..... The solution therefore is to fit the seats facing backwards and mount a TV camera at the front a la Captain Scarlet Pursuit vehicle :whistling:

bushboy
05-02-2016, 08:37 PM
OK, Not Mine has got 4 inch floor drops & a pair of MX5 seats waiting to go in. The front of the floor drop is 420mm & the rear is 460mm.

The MX5 seat runners, from out side edge to out side edge is 390mm. The top of the seat cushion is 480mm. The width across the hinges is 450mm.

The flare out o the seat cushion rubs along the edge of the floor drop.

The seat back is 850mm high.

Hope this helps.

Bushboy

islandman
06-02-2016, 12:19 AM
My floorpans measure 475mm at the back and 430mm at the front.....

Phil, Do you have a photo of your floor pan drops, I assume you went directly down with your drops from the outer chassis rail and down after about 8mm from the tunnel to allow for the tunnel seams?

I'm half tempted to by one Smart seat to see if it will squeeze into the drop (the foam at the front will narrow and conform probably (much the same as my current recaro's)

islandman
06-02-2016, 12:23 AM
The MX5 seat runners, from out side edge to out side edge is 390mm. The top of the seat cushion is 480mm. The width across the hinges is 450mm.

The flare out o the seat cushion rubs along the edge of the floor drop.

The seat back is 850mm high.

Hope this helps.

Bushboy

Thanks, this gives us a comparison point of a seat that almost fits (ok just fits with a bit of help)

Phill
06-02-2016, 12:12 PM
Phil, Do you have a photo of your floor pan drops, I assume you went directly down with your drops from the outer chassis rail and down after about 8mm from the tunnel to allow for the tunnel seams?




That's right. Here's some pictures from my build thread

http://www.euro-nova.co.uk/vb/attachment.php?attachmentid=1200&stc=1
http://www.euro-nova.co.uk/vb/attachment.php?attachmentid=1163&stc=1
http://www.euro-nova.co.uk/vb/attachment.php?attachmentid=1203&stc=1

MicksRedNova
06-02-2016, 02:10 PM
I remember getting to that stage with mine. Your drops look identical to mine so I assume you used the recommended dims from the Nova Modification Manual.

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/MickAtHome/image11_zpsngicuqb5.jpg


You can see the 1" box section I had to add as I found the seat too low, this also got me past the lip round the edge of the drop which is probably why I had no problem fitting MX5 seats into mine.

Mick

islandman
06-02-2016, 03:04 PM
I had to add as I found the seat too low

Mick

That is one problem I don't have, I only feel like I can sit up fully straight with the sunroof open!

islandman
06-02-2016, 03:12 PM
Many thanks for the photos, I wanted to compare the drop to mine to see if the width would most likely be the same

Buffy
06-02-2016, 04:53 PM
Are you sure those smart seats are not too tall?
Can't test but a quick measure if the seat was upright, you may not be able to shut the roof !!

MicksRedNova
06-02-2016, 06:02 PM
Are you sure those smart seats are not too tall?
Can't test but a quick measure if the seat was upright, you may not be able to shut the roof !!

More of a problem with tall seats, that can be reclined and tilted forward past vertical, is the risk of punching through the windscreen if you have the seat forward and close the roof. :scared:

Mick
:scared:

islandman
07-02-2016, 01:59 PM
is the risk of punching through the windscreen if you have the seat forward and close the roof. :scared:



Must admit I have had the odd "Oh Shit"moment when the roof was coming down and the seats were tilted forward :blushing:

bushboy
08-02-2016, 10:31 PM
Took some pictures of the MX5 seats sat in the Not Mine chassis. Having issues with this work restricted lap top & photbucket. so there will be a bunch of pic hopefully with out much text.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/WP_20160207_11_24_56_Pro.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/WP_20160207_11_24_56_Pro.jpg.html)

RHS or Drivers seat front mounting hole. I an still in the process of making the mounting plates for the seats but it will give you guys that are familiar with your chassis & what they look like, an idea of what space you have to work with & what "RUBS"

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/WP_20160207_11_24_31_Pro.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/WP_20160207_11_24_31_Pro.jpg.html)

The knowledgeable among us will recognise the brake pipe that supplies the rear brakes. As you can see I went as wide as I dare with the floor drop. The side cushion rubs the "Transmission" tunnel. (OK just for Peter, the Backbone of the backbone chassis).

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/WP_20160207_11_24_13_Pro.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/WP_20160207_11_24_13_Pro.jpg.html)

This shot shows the other front mounting hole & it's proximity to the tunnel.


http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/WP_20160207_11_24_40_Pro.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/WP_20160207_11_24_40_Pro.jpg.html)

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/WP_20160207_11_25_11_Pro.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/WP_20160207_11_25_11_Pro.jpg.html)

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/WP_20160207_11_26_39_Pro.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/WP_20160207_11_26_39_Pro.jpg.html)

This is the "Hinge" on the non adjuster side, it rubs.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/WP_20160207_11_26_22_Pro.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/WP_20160207_11_26_22_Pro.jpg.html)

Clearance is clearance, just. The tilt adjuster side of the drivers seat.

Cheers

Bushboy

islandman
09-02-2016, 07:56 AM
Took some pictures of the MX5 seats sat in the Not Mine chassis. Having issues with this work restricted lap top & photbucket. so there will be a bunch of pic hopefully with out much text.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/WP_20160207_11_24_56_Pro.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/WP_20160207_11_24_56_Pro.jpg.html)

RHS or Drivers seat front mounting hole. I an still in the process of making the mounting plates for the seats but it will give you guys that are familiar with your chassis & what they look like, an idea of what space you have to work with & what "RUBS"

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/WP_20160207_11_24_31_Pro.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/WP_20160207_11_24_31_Pro.jpg.html)

The knowledgeable among us will recognise the brake pipe that supplies the rear brakes. As you can see I went as wide as I dare with the floor drop. The side cushion rubs the "Transmission" tunnel. (OK just for Peter, the Backbone of the backbone chassis).

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/WP_20160207_11_24_13_Pro.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/WP_20160207_11_24_13_Pro.jpg.html)

This shot shows the other front mounting hole & it's proximity to the tunnel.


http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/WP_20160207_11_24_40_Pro.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/WP_20160207_11_24_40_Pro.jpg.html)

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/WP_20160207_11_25_11_Pro.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/WP_20160207_11_25_11_Pro.jpg.html)

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/WP_20160207_11_26_39_Pro.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/WP_20160207_11_26_39_Pro.jpg.html)

This is the "Hinge" on the non adjuster side, it rubs.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/WP_20160207_11_26_22_Pro.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/WP_20160207_11_26_22_Pro.jpg.html)

Clearance is clearance, just. The tilt adjuster side of the drivers seat.

Cheers

Bushboy

Yeah that is tight, probably about as tight as my cut down Recaro's. Mine are recliners, but I don't have enough space to get the plastic reclining wheel onto the metal mechanism :oops2: , much the same problem as those MX5 seats appear to have....

Spacenut
09-02-2016, 10:19 PM
Those are really good close-ups Martin. Quality welding if I might say too :D

I never thought of the MX5 seats as being particularly commodious, but that is a TIGHT fit! Still, clearance is clearance, as you say...

Lauren

bushboy
11-02-2016, 10:50 PM
Ah Lauren, the trick to good welding is a great painter, just wait till I find a great painter:scared:. Fortunately I received a brand new auto tint welding helmet for Christmas & having two hands free, especially when age is catching up with you, one to steady the other, is a god send.

Dave, Fortunately the MX5 seats have a release leaver for reclining, not a twirly wheel. Just have to weld on an extension to the handle to bring it back up to a usable level and all is good.

I have Bedford rascal seats in the Eureka and as it's a daily driver, I have had to weld the frame twice where it has broken from constant strain of supporting my increasing weight every time I get in & out. The last time I reinforced it better. I have a pair of Careera seats waiting in the wings for repair & re-upholster. They have the recline with a lever unlike the Rascal seats that are twirly wheel. & again with constant strain the drivers seat doesn't like reclining any more!!!!!

Bushboy

islandman
12-02-2016, 12:36 AM
I have a pair of Careera seats waiting in the wings for repair & re-upholster.

As in Porsche Careera seats.......ooooh sounds nice. Do they fit in floor pan drops? Any photos?

I purchased two Smart Roadster Seats on eBay yesterday. Will have to see if I can make them fit without cutting them up too much. Or they may just end up back on ebay if it doesn't look like its going to work.

Spacenut
12-02-2016, 06:38 PM
I received a brand new auto tint welding helmet for Christmas & having two hands free, especially when age is catching up with you, one to steady the other, is a god send.

I know exactly what you mean - I bought one of those "nod-your-head-to-flip-down" masks for the same reason. The improvement in my welding technique was immediate and apparent - like gas-tight welds on the exhaust system, and spot welds on thin sheet. Auto-tint is better of course, but I am slightly wary after a friend of mine (who used an auto-tint mask that was later found to be faulty) had to stop work due to arc-eye.

Excess weight seems to come to all of us ( :scared: ), but so far my sliding side-mounts have put up with a fair amount of abuse - first standing on the newly-reinforced brake pedal and then diagnosing a fluid leak from one of the rear calipers, which later exploded at 2000 psi back at the brake specialist. I will probably reinforce the area were the slider bolts through the fibreglass sides of the seat moulding though, just to make sure it can cope if I put on any more pounds!!!

Lauren

MicksRedNova
12-02-2016, 06:59 PM
I know exactly what you mean - I bought one of those "nod-your-head-to-flip-down" masks for the same reason. The improvement in my welding technique was immediate and apparent:scared:
Me too! Additionally I fitted a new liner to my MIG torch and that improved its performance massively.

Mick

Peter
13-02-2016, 03:19 PM
Have to say the mask can really make a difference, I couldn't weld for toffee until I got a decent mask, holding one in front of my face was awkward to say the least but I'm saving up for one of those with the auto darking screens, (about 30 to 50€ with shipping) now the price has come into sensible numbers I might get one soon. Anyone used a reactive mask yet?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Solar-Powered-Auto-Darkening-Welding-Mask-Helmet-welders-ARC-TIG-MIG-Grinding-UK-/171890641337?hash=item28057b09b9:g:eQ8AAOSwxN5WVU4 j

Alzax3
13-02-2016, 07:13 PM
Yes, they're brilliant, bought my first one at Newark kit car show in 2006 for 18 (I think it was drastically mis-priced but I didn't argue!) It's still going strong, though I have picked up a spare at a car boot sale since. Feels really weird on the odd occasion I've had to use a conventional mask!

Dirk
13-02-2016, 11:45 PM
The thread is going a bit off topic but I have to agree with alzax they are ace, I got mine when I worked at Maplin Head office they had one in as a sample back in 2003 ish and needed someone to try it out, I obviously offered and it never went back I am still using it now although it could do with replacing. The only time mine is not so effective is when there is a lot of light behind so if you are welding on the floor with your head bent over and lights above you get a lot of reflection, but I think the newer ones wrap around the head more than the one I have got.

Dirk

bushboy
15-02-2016, 04:51 PM
Have to say the mask can really make a difference, I couldn't weld for toffee until I got a decent mask, holding one in front of my face was awkward to say the least but I'm saving up for one of those with the auto darking screens, (about 30 to 50 with shipping) now the price has come into sensible numbers I might get one soon. Anyone used a reactive mask yet?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Solar-Powered-Auto-Darkening-Welding-Mask-Helmet-welders-ARC-TIG-MIG-Grinding-UK-/171890641337?hash=item28057b09b9:g:eQ8AAOSwxN5WVU4 j


Yes Peter, that is what I now have. It also has a grinding setting on it so you can protect your face from exploding grinding wheels etc. Just have to remember to turn it back to welding when you have finished grinding. Ask me how I know :coat:.

While I'm at it & to bring it a little bit back on topic, the seats waiting in the wings are not from a Carrera, but I believe the model name is Carrera, or something like that. They are old Cobra's or Corbeau seats. Carrera was just the first forum friendly C word I could think of that was close to what the seats were.

Cheers

Bushboy

bushboy
21-02-2016, 07:53 PM
Lets put this thread back on track, Take a seat....................

I finished making the seat mounts for the Mazda MX5 seats for Not Mine.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/seat%20mount%20002.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/seat%20mount%20002.jpg.html)

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/seat%20mount%20005.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/seat%20mount%20005.jpg.html)

This is what the mounts look like, 4 of them in total. Beauty of them is that there are no bolts protruding through the floor.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/seat%20mount%20001.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/seat%20mount%20001.jpg.html)

As you can see in this picture the front mount is not flush on the floor. At this point they were just tacked in place. I bolted the seat back in place to fully weld them into place.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/seat%20mount%20006.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/seat%20mount%20006.jpg.html)

View of the front mount with seat & bolt attached.


http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/seat%20mount%20008.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/seat%20mount%20008.jpg.html)

And it slides like its on butter. Here it is all the way forward

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/seat%20mount%20007.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/seat%20mount%20007.jpg.html)

And all the way back.

Now just the passenger seat to do.

Bushboy

Dirk
21-02-2016, 10:40 PM
Looking good, have you angled the mount to match the seat bracket or straightened the seat runner? and have you tapped the metal mount? might be a stupid question but what is the disc on the top for?
I think I will be using this when I get round to putting mine back together nice idea.

Dirk

islandman
22-02-2016, 09:28 AM
do you lose any headroom using this approach, or does the part of the seat your bum rests on sit lower than the mounting rails?

steve
22-02-2016, 11:22 AM
Looking very solid, good work :cool1:

bushboy
22-02-2016, 09:32 PM
G'day All,

Some answers to your questions but not necessarily in the right order.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/seat%20mount%20004.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/seat%20mount%20004.jpg.html)

This is what the underside of the seat looks like. I have straightened out the front mounts on the seat rail as they were at an angle.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/seat%20mount%20003.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/seat%20mount%20003.jpg.html)
close up of one of the front seat "lugs" the pin type thingy (yes that is a correct term) did have a point on it to help locate the seats in the Mazda. So Dirk, that is what the washers are for on the seat mounts. To assist in locating the seat prior to bolting it in.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/seat%20mount%20002.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/seat%20mount%20002.jpg.html)

The idea is that the lip on the hole where the bolt goes through will sit inside the washer, helping with aligning the seat if you have to take it out. For example to retrieve the 5p piece that slid under the seat.

The mount is just some plate steel I had lying around. I'll measure the thickness next time I'm in the shed but think it is 10mm. I drilled & then tapped a 12 x1.25 thread.

To find the best place to weld the mounts to the floor I bolted them to the seat, slid the rails all the way forward & place the seat on the floor. The back of the seat was touching the back of the floor drop & the front mounts were on the up slope at the front. So I slid the rails back about 3 teeth & repeated the trial fit. This was more successful & I had access to the front bolts. I then slid the seat forward & found that I then had access to the rear bolts.

Time to tack weld them in place. I then removed the seat & found that the front part of the floor where the mounts were was not flat & thus the raised back of the front mounts. No worries, I just bolted the seat back in & then welded the mounts in place & made up the gap with layers of "deposit" welding.

As for head room, wont find out until I hot wire the roof pump & drop the top down. I do not envisage any issues.

Personally I do not like the seats as the cushion is too thick & the steering wheel is very low. Remember that I am use to driving my own Eureka & it was set up to suit my preference. If Not Mine was mine then I'd be taking some depth out of the seat cushion.

Cheers

Bushboy

Dirk
22-02-2016, 10:45 PM
It all now becomes clear great job, will defiantly go down this route.

Dirk

islandman
23-02-2016, 12:30 AM
Martin, Do you know what year of MX5 these seats were out of. I'm assuming things may have changed through the various marks, MK1, MK2, MK3 etc.?

PaddyX21
23-02-2016, 06:43 AM
Martin, Do you know what year of MX5 these seats were out of. I'm assuming things may have changed through the various marks, MK1, MK2, MK3 etc.?
They look like MK1 seats to me

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bushboy
23-02-2016, 09:29 PM
G'day David,
I'm not sure as I didn't buy them, they just turned up. The owner of Not Mine brought them off Ebay. They are often referred to as tomb stone seats. They have provision for the head rest mounted speakers but they are not installed.

I believe Alex and Mick have the same style of seat but with the speakers installed.

Cheers

Bushboy

MicksRedNova
23-02-2016, 10:08 PM
I believe Alex and Mick have the same style of seat but with the speakers installed.


Correct. My passenger seat is a tombstone. I don't know which Mk it's from but your recent thread reminds me of many an hour spent in my garage straightening then bending then re-modelling brackets to make a comfortable fit of the seats....

Mick

islandman
24-02-2016, 12:58 AM
thanks

PaddyX21
24-02-2016, 08:01 AM
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y56/PaddyX21/Mobile%20Uploads/received_m_mid_1407774211486_81cdd10327ac5e2d54_1_ zpsnbufzfwp.jpeg (http://s3.photobucket.com/user/PaddyX21/media/Mobile%20Uploads/received_m_mid_1407774211486_81cdd10327ac5e2d54_1_ zpsnbufzfwp.jpeg.html)

These are mine, they are from a mk1

Alzax3
24-02-2016, 08:23 AM
And I see the drivers side-squab gets worn just as badly as MGTF ones... Are they leather or vynyl, Paddy?

PaddyX21
25-02-2016, 08:11 AM
And I see the drivers side-squab gets worn just as badly as MGTF ones... Are they leather or vynyl, Paddy?

Yeah, you see that on all of them - but hey they were free!

They are tan leather, I'll get them re-upholstered at some point in the future, but car back on the road is first priority now!

bushboy
28-02-2016, 09:37 AM
Started work on mounting the passenger seat so took the opportunity to show the modification to the seat runners.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/Seat%20Runner%20001.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/Seat%20Runner%20001.jpg.html)

This is the front unmodified mount

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/Seat%20Runner%20002.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/Seat%20Runner%20002.jpg.html)

This is the unmodified rear mount

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/Seat%20Runner%20003.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/Seat%20Runner%20003.jpg.html)

This is the front mount with the "bullet" removed, leaving a short stub that I utilised as a locating lug on the block that is welded to the floor.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/Seat%20Runner%20004.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/Seat%20Runner%20004.jpg.html)

This is the front mount straightened out to be inline with the runner rather than at an angle.

By this afternoon Not Mine will have two seats in it & then it's owner can prime & paint the floor and I can move on to the pedal mounting plate and pedal modification, if required & then its wiring.

yehaaaaa

Bushboy

bushboy
28-02-2016, 06:03 PM
Here are some pictures of the "floor blocks" attached to the seat runners. The final step before welding them to the floor was to put the straight edge on them to ensure they are level. A gentle tap with a FBH to level them out was all that was needed.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/Seat%20Runner%20005.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/Seat%20Runner%20005.jpg.html)

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/Seat%20Runner%20006.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/Seat%20Runner%20006.jpg.html)

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/bushboy554/Seat%20Runner%20008.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/bushboy554/media/Seat%20Runner%20008.jpg.html)

So now Not Mine has two sliding, reclining Mazda MX5 seats fitted.

Cheers

Bushboy

Buffy
28-02-2016, 07:08 PM
You can't beat a good FBH !

Buffy
28-10-2016, 09:06 AM
Just bringing this one back

Has anyone used this company before ?

They seem to do a range of narrow seats..

http://www.intatrim.co.uk/

islandman
28-10-2016, 01:53 PM
they do and attend many of the shows, but they don't do recliners unfortunately