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Old 08-07-2001, 09:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My 66 convertibles drivers seat lays back too far. The adjustment bolt is all the way out, but you can still see that the drivers seat lays back further than the passengers. I recovered the seats in my 66 coupe and they sit up fine. I can't really tell what's going on with the convertibles seat without tearing the covers of, and I don't want to do that now since the covers are in pretty good shape.

Has anyone experienced this before? Does the seat frame like to bend in a certain place?

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Old 08-07-2001, 09:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You're supposed to use the backseat for hanky panky. The front seat just can't support you both!


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If you don't want to take the covers off then about the best you can do (that I can think of) is to feel around under/through the covers to check to see if anything feels broken. And if everything feels fine then just go to the hardware store and pick up a longer bolt to put in the seat. Can't make any guarantees that you'll be able to find a chrome one, but there's always hope.

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How is the flat spot the bolt hits? I'll bet it's bent.

I agree, get a longer bolt if you don't want to pull the upholstery. And quit leaning back so hard to reach for that quarter in your pocket.

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It used to be popular to remove the stop so the seat would recline a little. Make sure the PO didn't take it out.

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The bottom horizontal support that the bolt screws into is either bent or broken..this is a pretty common thing on old Stangs..I had to replace my seat frame for the very same reason..

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Thanks, since you're implying that it's bent on the seat back and not the base, I might be able to take off the cardboard back and get a look at it. Thank God I've got the coupe, I know it's seats frames are good, I recovered them a few years back. The poor old coupe seems to be ending up with the worst of everything, just for the convertibles sake.

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If the seat adjustment screw, which is about 1 1/2 inches long is all the way out, the problem is almost certainly your [color:red]lower[color:black] frame.

The seat upholstery can be undone around the edges and flipped up to effect a repair without having to reupholster the seat-- if the repair is not reasonably complex-- however, you would need to remove the seat and separate the seat back from the base. You would also need a pair of hog ring pliers and some rings to reattache the perimeter of the lower seat upholstery.

A cheap and dirty 'patch would be to place a nylon block where the fibroid plastic plate attaches. This would work only if the problem is from the adjusting screw causing a sunken area on the lower frame, and this can be determined by just feeling the frame through the vinyl upholstery. A plastic supply in your town will likely have a scrap bin where you can pick up a piece for 10 cents to a quarter. Making this patch a little longer would help it bridge any shrunken area the back adjusting screw may have insured.

Should an inspection of the seat back reveal it to be the culprit, the upholstery can be moved aside much like I described above for the base.

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Considering that its a convertible the seat could be fine and it may be the floor pan.

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Old 08-08-2001, 01:49 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Some seat frames actually break, the 68 hasa broken drivers seat frame that causes it to lean back. We will get it when we reupholster it.

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reminds me how easily my 67's seat caught on fire when i welded it back up.... btw, i think my mig was made to fix seats, thats like the best welds ive ever done!

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