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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:27 pm    Post subject: Move seats back Reply with quote

I need to increase my leg room by at least 2 inches. As it is my legs are scrunched up like a clown car. currently using 71 beetle high back with new covers which I don't want to change.
Suggestions on best way to do this.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the idea I was thinking about, mind you I've not ever done it, there may be some reason it won't work. Think about the rear of the seat part of the track and where it contacts the tabs at the rear of the floor part of the track, preventing it going back farther. What if you notched out part of, say two inches, of the seat part of the track allowing it to progress rearward a little farther. There would be a point where it would be too much, as the seat would be effectively off the back of the track, but I wonder if an inch or two would be ok. Idea two: Maybe get some floor track pieces and lengthen it? Obvious solution is cut the track off the floor and re weld, but maybe it could be solved without the mess and destruction. Good luck!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 2:27 am    Post subject: seat Reply with quote

This is what i did.cut of te stop at de track on the chassis.then you can go allot more backwards but it wil not stay if you have to brake hard.
I fabricated a pice that i welded to the seat trak so i can lock it in posision.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cut the stop off and pushed the seat back ~ 1 inch. More comfortable. If I need more i will re-locate rails. Thanks for the idea.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it would be best if you unweld the seat track and move it backwards where it is right for you and weld it back to the floor.

When I restored my Thing, I use 4 screws for each seat track and screw the seat tracks to the floor and they work fine for me.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jjrannauro wrote:
I think it would be best if you unweld the seat track and move it backwards where it is right for you and weld it back to the floor.

When I restored my Thing, I use 4 screws for each seat track and screw the seat tracks to the floor and they work fine for me.



From the pics, it looks like you're using carriage bolts to hold the seats down, not metal screws. For clarification for future readers, sheet metal screws will not hold the seats in place during a collision, and will loosen over time. For seats, you should have a through-floor connection. i.e., a wide head bolt, and a large washer and nut underneath the floor. The large washer is there to spread the load in the event of a collision.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lost in translation.. Wink


CraigInPA wrote:
jjrannauro wrote:
I think it would be best if you unweld the seat track and move it backwards where it is right for you and weld it back to the floor.

When I restored my Thing, I use 4 screws for each seat track and screw the seat tracks to the floor and they work fine for me.



From the pics, it looks like you're using carriage bolts to hold the seats down, not metal screws. For clarification for future readers, sheet metal screws will not hold the seats in place during a collision, and will loosen over time. For seats, you should have a through-floor connection. i.e., a wide head bolt, and a large washer and nut underneath the floor. The large washer is there to spread the load in the event of a collision.

Craig

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for pointed it out, you are right, I forgot to mention that I reinforced the floor underneath with metal and changed the screws for the same reason.
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Lost in translation.. Wink


CraigInPA wrote:
jjrannauro wrote:
I think it would be best if you unweld the seat track and move it backwards where it is right for you and weld it back to the floor.

When I restored my Thing, I use 4 screws for each seat track and screw the seat tracks to the floor and they work fine for me.



From the pics, it looks like you're using carriage bolts to hold the seats down, not metal screws. For clarification for future readers, sheet metal screws will not hold the seats in place during a collision, and will loosen over time. For seats, you should have a through-floor connection. i.e., a wide head bolt, and a large washer and nut underneath the floor. The large washer is there to spread the load in the event of a collision.

Craig
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