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Stange Seat Hinge Covers?
#1
Greetings

Restoring a 71 Mach 1 and noticed I was missing one of the (red) plastic hinge covers between the seat and backrest, thought.. no problem..
I'll grab one of the several I keep on hand for my 71 and 73 converibles and spray dye it to match... that's when I found out that all my convertible seat hinge covers were SCREW on... the Mach covers did not have a screw but were pressed on into a larger hole via a molded
plastic knob on the inside of the cover... it's a clean look with no screw showing on the outside... is this original to Mach1's?
My car seems fairly original with 58.000 miles on it.
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The interior assembly manual dated 12/16/71 shows a single screw retaining each cover. My 03/16/72 build date car had the single screw. "And that, is all I know about that." Chuck
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c9zx;197376 Wrote:The interior assembly manual dated 12/16/71 shows a single screw retaining each cover. My 03/16/72 build date car had the single screw. "And that, is all I know about that." Chuck

Thanks Chuck for the info.. I'm not sure what my build date is...
Attached are a couple pics of seat hinge and covers..

I think there is a Ford logo and part number on the back as well as the plastic knob that fits in the non-threaded hinge hole. (?)

Did coupes or fastbacks get this type.. anyone else seen these before?


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There are three versions
first very early has just the push in pin
second [ still early 71 ] has push in pin with a screw - looks like a drywall anchor on the back.
last revision has just a screw holding it on

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OMS;197451 Wrote:There are three versions
first very early has just the push in pin
second [ still early 71 ] has push in pin with a screw - looks like a drywall anchor on the back.
last revision has just a screw holding it on

Wow.. Thanks for shedding light on obscure trivia! I had no idea...
I'm attaching pics of the underside of cover... it shows the plastic knob, the part # and Ford oval logo,

Are replacements out there for what appears to be an early cover?

Thanks again Ohio!

Doug in Indy

dhvidston;197491 Wrote:
OMS;197451 Wrote:There are three versions
first very early has just the push in pin
second [ still early 71 ] has push in pin with a screw - looks like a drywall anchor on the back.
last revision has just a screw holding it on

Wow.. Thanks for shedding light on obscure trivia! I had no idea...
I'm attaching pics of the underside of cover... it shows the plastic knob, the part # and Ford oval logo,

Are replacements out there for what appears to be an early cover?

Thanks again Ohio!

Doug in Indy

dhvidston;197491 Wrote:
OMS;197451 Wrote:There are three versions
first very early has just the push in pin
second [ still early 71 ] has push in pin with a screw - looks like a drywall anchor on the back.
last revision has just a screw holding it on

Wow.. Thanks for shedding light on obscure trivia! I had no idea...
I'm attaching pics of the underside of cover... it shows the plastic knob, the part # and Ford oval logo,

Are replacements out there for what appears to be an early cover?

Thanks again Ohio!

Doug in Indy

dhvidston;197491 Wrote:
OMS;197451 Wrote:There are three versions
first very early has just the push in pin
second [ still early 71 ] has push in pin with a screw - looks like a drywall anchor on the back.
last revision has just a screw holding it on

Wow.. Thanks for shedding light on obscure trivia! I had no idea...
I'm attaching pics of the underside of cover... it shows the plastic knob, the part # and Ford oval logo,

Are replacements out there for what appears to be an early cover?

Thanks again Ohio!

Doug in Indy


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The only ones being made are the last version with the screw.
The ones with no screw holes are extremly hard to find - I don't think many were made
The second version with the pin and screw tended to crack - plus they were limited in numbers too.
If you use a regular screw on on in the center position [ by trans tunnel ] it is not to noticeable - use 2 sided tape to mount it - fill the hole with epoxy or bondo and color it
Don

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OMS;197510 Wrote:The only ones being made are the last version with the screw.
The ones with no screw holes are extremly hard to find - I don't think many were made
The second version with the pin and screw tended to crack - plus they were limited in numbers too.
If you use a regular screw on on in the center position [ by trans tunnel ] it is not to noticeable - use 2 sided tape to mount it - fill the hole with epoxy or bondo and color it
Don

Excellent idea Don! Thanks Much!
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#8
Wow that's interesting I did not know of that little engineering change.








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