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Last updated October 23, 2003

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Mounting the bucket seats in my 1930 Ford coupe Hotrod
I decided to fit bucket seats in my coupe and after some measuring up, looking for narrow seats to suit an A model coupe width (ie small) I found some Mazda MX5 (Miata) seats that should be ok. As a bonus, these seats have stereo speakers built into the headrests.
Mounting the seats proved to be a bit of a headache as I wondered what would be the best way to do it. This may not be the best, but it allows me to tilt the seats forward to access the battery and master cylinder and also, if I ever change my mind, the mounts can be easily removed.
This is the hardware I made to mount the seats. The floor is made from 2x1" tube and I used the same tube, mounted on edge, for the seat mounts. As I wanted this part to be removable, I made some round tube spacers for the vertical tube to carry the bolts, and welded nuts onto metal flats, which will be welded inside the floor frame. This method spreads the load a little more in the tube for safety sake and also allows easier access to the bolts, from the top of the tube.
Here you can see one of the vertical pieces mounted and also the second floor tube with the captive nuts welded in. A large hole is drilled in the top of the vertical tube to allow a socket spanner to fit.
Simple brackets were made to attach to the base of the seat runners and a piece of 10mm rod runs through from side to side. The ends of these rods are threaded and fit into nuts on the other side of the seat, so the rods can be removed. If only the rear rod is removed, then the seat can tilt forward for access to the battery and master cylinder.

Here you can see the seat tilted forward.

The wires are for the stereo speakers.

I still need to make a floor trap door for access under the floor.