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Another full day of work. Like everything else I didn't "have to do it".... but it is making my Cobra a little more special (to me). Even though I am sure that I will never need the seat adjusters, I installed them anyway. To do the job right, I welded a steel frame together that inclines the front of the seat by 9 degrees. This little incline will make the seating position much more comfortable. To secure the tracks to the steel frame, I drilled and tapped holes and used 5/16" x 1/1/2"stainless bolts. I used 5/16" grade 8 bolts to secure the seat the frame. This design (see below) allows the seat to be easily removed. I also built a 9 degree frame for the passenger side but without the adjusters. Finally, both seat frames were sprayed with two coats of primer and two topcoats of blue to match the epoxy frame (et al).
I repositioned the seat adjuster handle in such a way that it will not get buried in the carpet after installation... and be a PITA to use. To to do this, I drilled out the rivets, removed some of the bend in the handle and reinstalled with nuts/bolts.... and of course a little red loctite.
1. Seat movement: The natural tendency is to align your seat tracks and seat with the outside frame rail. However since the transmission tunnel is not parallel to the outside rail, the seat may contact the tunnel during movement. A solution to this is to mount the tracks roughly parallel to the tunnel but mount the seat parallel to the outside frame rail. The seat will always look right but while being moved it will move parallel to tunnel.
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