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Later Model Seat Installtions
#1
As some of you may have gathered, I am PRIMARILY a "modifyer" when it comes to practicing our hobby. I tend to try and make my vehicles more enjoyable by making tasteful (for me) modifications.

That having been said, I am looking at installing later model seats in my '73 Grandé. While I am not limiting myself, I am currently looking at other model mustangs.

Has any of you had any experience with this type modification in a '71 - '73 Mustang? Specifically, I am curious as to what seats were used for the install and what issues (if any) were experienced.

BT
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#2
Interesting topic! I was just thinking that the seating in the 71-73's is pretty miserable! I'm 6'-1" 300 lbs...getting in and out and remaining comfortable inside is not an easy task for me. The smaller Grant wheel is mandatory for me to even fit in the thing! LOL

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#3
6'-5" 280 fun ain't it Big Grin the best is try to push on the parking brake with the door closed.

i have not seen any aftermarket installs on 71-73s its a bit of pain since the 71-73 uses that seat pan with the bolts from the top and the older cars get bolted from the bottom.

when i do my floors i will be moving my seat pan back 1-3" and lowering it about 1"
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#4
I'm 6'5" and about 300 myself... and honestly, I don't have a problem with the leg room and/or headroom in mine. My tilt column is also stuck in-place (i.e. the signal switch is toast), so I don't have the added pleasure of moving the wheel out of the way.

As far as e-brake with the door closed - you should try just changing gears with a 4-speed in a 1980 Jeep CJ-7 with the full hard doors on.

That is, however, an interesting thought with regards to simply moving the floor pan back a few inches when you replace it. I'll be replacing mine soon, and I might just have to take that into consideration.

Eric

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#5
We are a bunch of big guys; I'm 6'4" and 255 pounds! That might make a good poll to see who falls into different weight and height ranges!

I moved my seat back on the existing seat rails many, many, years ago. It's seems like I just drilled holes further back on the rail and bolted the seat back on further back. It was not a hard mod.

If you figure out how to convert to newer seats, I would recommend some 2001 Mustang Bullitt seats or the 2003/4 Mach 1 seats. They are both retro style and have great support on the hips and sides for cornering. You see them up for sale every once in a while on Mach1Regisgry.org and IMBOC.com (International Mustang Bullitt Owners club). The newer Mach 1 seats even have simulated Comfort Weave.
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#6
Are there non power seats or will you have to wire for power also

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Alan L
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#7
(09-17-2010, 07:53 PM)not2old Wrote: Are there non power seats or will you have to wire for power also

Good point! The Bullitt and late model Mach 1 seats are power on the drivers side; but the seat controls are on the front of the seat. The passenger side is manual adjustment. The 71 to 73's already have wiring under the seat for the seat belt buzzers and automatic latch openers (when equipped) so it would probably not be too hard to wire-in a late model seat.
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#8
6'3" and 290 here. We would have a killer tug of war team here!

I moved my seats back 3" for leg room, I like to sprawl out in the car. I am looking for something a little more comfortable and it would be a bonus if they had integral seat belts since the convertible does not have very adequate belts.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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(09-17-2010, 08:33 PM)droptop73 Wrote: 6'3" and 290 here. We would have a killer tug of war team here!

I moved my seats back 3" for leg room, I like to sprawl out in the car. I am looking for something a little more comfortable and it would be a bonus if they had integral seat belts since the convertible does not have very adequate belts.

I put in the TMI sport seats (foam and covers) and am happy with them.

Rex


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#10
Couldn't help but reply here. At 6'6" and 240, I don't yet have a seat problem in my 72 coupe, as the car is almost completely disassembled. I had already planned to push the seat risers back on the new floor pan to gain some room, but I'll be watching what you all end up doing in the comfort department. I've got pppplllllenty of time left before I look at that issue, but I found the thread interesting.

Mark
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