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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by patmanta, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. patmanta
    Joined: May 10, 2011
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    patmanta
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    So, I was working towards mounting the passenger seat and I decided I really did not want to make another base like I did for the driver seat. So I pulled out all my bits & bobs that I had from before and started playing with them again. I had a eureka moment this time and realized I could eliminate the risers I had made, drop down another inch, AND give the seat more adjustment.

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    The first seat frame setup I made put me up close to 4" and the second one (currently in the car) has me up 3" with no tilt adjustment other than a wood block. This new setup can go down to around 2" up to 3" as I have it set here for some tilt.

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    All I had to do was trim the mounting plates, install rivnuts, mount them to the sliders, attach the seat brackets I had, and make up some plates to mount them to the subframe. So, with this setup, I have an inch of adjustment up, down and some tilt.

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    The holes in these mounting plates were bigger than on the seat brackets so I put 1/4-20 threaded inserts in.
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    Once I drill the brackets, I will bolt the seat in. I can drill additional holes in the seat for even more front to back adjustment if I want to. I have it set up so I can have a narrower footprint where it meets the car too. Once I get it IN the car (and actually fully bolted together) I will get a better idea how I want it set up.

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    This is what I used (because I had it already):
    https://www.speedwaymotors.com/Speedway-Universal-Bucket-Seat-Slider-Tracks,7103.html
    https://www.speedwaymotors.com/Universal-Seat-Mount-Plates,7104.html
    https://www.speedwaymotors.com/Adjustable-Seat-Riser,57393.html
     
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  3. Six Ball
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    I'll be studying this more. Thanks!
     
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  4. patmanta
    Joined: May 10, 2011
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    Thanks! My advice if you want to replicate this a little cheaper is to make the "Adjustable Seat Risers" out of angle iron yourself if you want to save money vs time but they work out to a little over $20/seat so it isn't a lot of savings. The seat mount plates are cheap and already designed for these sliders so I really think they are worth it.
     
  5. patmanta
    Joined: May 10, 2011
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    Rapid-fire updates for the last few weeks of chipping away at things here.

    I mostly finished the passenger seat base and slider. It does let me get overall a bit lower and at a more comfortable angle. I will eventually implement this design for the driver seat but that will happen after I get it running and driving.

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    Got it in the car and started mocking up my parking brake placement. I will need to figure out how to make that work.

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    A lot of my time these past few weeks was spent erecting 'the hut' and giving it some creature comforts like a floor, soft sides, and an insulated ceiling sto work on the 170 SLANT POWERED 27 T SHORTENED TOURING, "BASURATI" project and starting to finally clean up my driveway now that my shoulder is getting a little stronger. It is actually surprisingly comfortable in there.

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  6. patmanta
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    patmanta
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    Next big do, I finally got the missing set screws from Eastwood to make my radius die set useful. I did OK with the smallest one on this backing and mounting plate I made for the dash which I will weld to it. This will give me a good, secure way to attach the dash without sacrificing being able to take it off the car AND it looks pretty cool too IMO. A bit of foam tape on the back will seal it up nice.

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    And I finally got both of the rear shock arms that I made out of old cut off Ford steering arms tacked in place on the rear bones.

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  7. Six Ball
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
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    Lots of good progress.
     
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  8. patmanta
    Joined: May 10, 2011
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    patmanta
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    Took a holiday break from projects but got back at it New Year's Day. Did a lot of cleanup work in the driveway with @justa170 and got my transmission put in the car with the mockup block as well as some planning/measuring work on the Basura-T.

    Now the car is sitting weird. I had the engine in it fully loaded before and it sat at a 1 degree or so rake. Now with just the empty block in there the car is sitting flat and I can't quite figure out why but I think it has something to do with the rear pinion angle having no control whatsoever and there being some weight missing from the front with the block being bare like that. The transmission is complete so I figure with the body that there is more weight bias to the back of the car presently that will correct with the loaded engine, radiator, and nose back in front.

    Well, with a jack under the rear, I got things about lined up enough to get a measurement for my torque tube. Looks like I need about 48.5" or so if I understand the process correctly. I will get a cleaner measurement before i do anything.

    https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum...ening-a-ford-closed-drive-torque-tube.961582/

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    Happy New Year!
     
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