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nbb350

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we don't have many Pick-A-Part yards left around here and the one nearest me has no Vettes in stock.
BUT, I found an ad on FBM for "buy 2, build 1" non-running vettes. I messaged him about selling just the seats...we'll see what he says...
 

nbb350

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Seller replied with more pix. ewww...Mold City... and the seats were electric movement, not manual.
 

nbb350

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Brett, your seats had manual tracks originally, right? Seller says all C4 vettes had power seats...
 

Brett Proctor

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The eom tracks wont work in the sterling because of how they mounted to the floor so I went with aftermarket tracks. I think I used tracks from Sparco seats. I remember looking for the lowest profile tracks that I could find.

When I made the buck for the molds the center opening in the oem seat base was sealed off. (as you can see in some of the pictures).

So the oem seat tracks were not used, you don't need them

This is what the tracks that I found look like. The release handle needed to get bent up a little other wise there was no clearance between the handle and the floor. I'll see if I can find some pictures of the tracks mounted.

Post #4 shows the tracks mounted on the new base.
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nbb350

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My seats have bigger problems than just the looks. The base is pretty thick and heavy - full steel perimeter frame - and they have no tracks because they would take away from my headroom. I'd like to add tracks so I can scoot the seat forward and recline more so I can see out the side windows without ducking. (I'm 6'-3" and admit this car wasn't the smartest purchase for my height...lol...but hindsight is 20/20)
 

nbb350

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I picked up the seats this week - they're not pretty now, but they'll probably look good with new covers. And they're nice and lightweight compared to my current seats. These will most likely be a winter project...my current seats are a beeyatch to install/remove, so I'm not going to pull them while the weather is still nice here. I still need to buy tracks too; probably a set like you've shown above.

Brett, do these seats actually RECLINE much? or mostly just go from a sitting position with a little bit of recline to a forward position? Just wondering if my seats are "sticking" or working as designed because they don't recline much at all...
 

Brett Proctor

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Brett, do these seats actually RECLINE much? or mostly just go from a sitting position with a little bit of recline to a forward position? Just wondering if my seats are "sticking" or working as designed because they don't recline much at all...
Check to see if the recline mechanism is working. I had one that wasn't working (locked up). Don't remember how much travel they have. If you would like I can remove one of mine and measure how much travel it has.
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I took some material off the stops to get more recline out of the seat.
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Also I think I had to removed material from the seat shells to eliminate any binding between the two.
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Recline of the seat is around 20-25 degrees
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Brett Proctor

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Just a heads up.

If your going to use seat tracks Make sure you make modifications to the buck to accept them. (I didn't)
I just installed the tracks that came with the NRG seat and I had to do some cutting to the seat base to get them to fit.

They work with no issues. I used those because the handle is angled up in the front and gives more clearance from the handle to the floor.

The old tracks I had were shimmed a little to clear the base but the handle doesn't angle up (goes straight out) so there is zero clearance from the handle to the floor. Made it a pain to adjust the seat. These NRG tracks make it easy to adjust the seat and I didn't need to use shims for the track to clear the base, but I did need to do some cutting.

I only ordered one set of tracks so the passenger side is bolted solid in place. I may get another pair later on.
 

nbb350

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I didn't even think about making the Passenger side FIXED...duh...it doesn't need to adjust! oh well, I already ordered Two brackets, so at least I'll have a "backup" if one is wonky.

I "measured" the angle of my existing seats at full recline (using two sticks and a vise-grip to make an angle-finder) and compared it to the Corvette seats - pretty darn close! probably "close enuf" to work.
 
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