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63BlueMGB
Nick B
Kansas City, Mo.
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1963 MGB

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New MGB seat Idea?
Posted by: 63BlueMGB
Date: October 28, 2012 12:07AM

Start with a slow idea and then meet for a crazy idea?



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/28/2012 07:40PM by 63BlueMGB.


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: New MGB seat Idea?
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: October 28, 2012 12:41PM

Huh?

Maybe pictures would work better than words.


63BlueMGB
Nick B
Kansas City, Mo.
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1963 MGB

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Re: New MGB seat Idea?
Posted by: 63BlueMGB
Date: October 28, 2012 07:34PM

Sorry, I was having trouble last night logging in and could not get my computer to work right.....Anyway I had some old BMW Seat cushions from a car that I was parting out, turns out the seats were worth more in pieces than together. So I started thinking about how comfortable those seats were and wondered if I could modify them to convert to the MGB seat frame, so far it looks like a good fit, now i just have to cover them and make it all work. Any thoughts or comments I would appreciate.
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RMO 699F
Mike Maloney
SW Ohio
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1974 MGB Sebring GT, 3.9 Rover V8

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Re: New MGB seat Idea?
Posted by: RMO 699F
Date: October 28, 2012 08:52PM

Nick, looks interesting, keep us updated...


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
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10/17/2007 09:36PM

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1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: New MGB seat Idea?
Posted by: mowog1
Date: October 28, 2012 09:56PM

Here's the measurements of an MGB seat...important to take into consideration in order to fit between the sill and the transmission tunnel.
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63BlueMGB
Nick B
Kansas City, Mo.
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1963 MGB

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Re: New MGB seat Idea?
Posted by: 63BlueMGB
Date: November 21, 2012 12:03AM

I Thought about recovering the MGB Seats for the BMW foam and bought some material, but I took a chance and went to the old pick and pull today and found a pair of black BMW seats exactly what I was looking for in used but in very good condition. They almost fit perfect. I was really hoping to use the BMW seat frame but I could not make it work. So here is my recent work right now they are on the MGB frame and fit really good, I am going have to fill a little but so far they fit perfect in the MGB and comfortable. I was hoping for better pictures with the tape so you could see the measurements but no luck. They measure about 34" in height and 20" across. Thoughts? Opinions?
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roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
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74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: New MGB seat Idea?
Posted by: roverman
Date: November 21, 2012 11:34AM

It looks like a good start for an "Ultimate Driving Machine". roverman.



goat-ee
Daniel Eddy

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Re: New MGB seat Idea?
Posted by: goat-ee
Date: December 22, 2012 05:01AM

Nice work Nicky B!!!


RMO 699F
Mike Maloney
SW Ohio
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1974 MGB Sebring GT, 3.9 Rover V8

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Re: New MGB seat Idea?
Posted by: RMO 699F
Date: December 22, 2012 10:47AM

Hey Nick, those seats will be great in the MGB!


denvermgb
Brad Carson
Aurora, Colorado
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03/10/2008 12:45AM

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1975 MGB 350 SBC bored 0.040 over

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Re: New MGB seat Idea?
Posted by: denvermgb
Date: December 22, 2012 10:57AM

Nick,

What model Bimmer did you pull them from?

Brad


63BlueMGB
Nick B
Kansas City, Mo.
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1963 MGB

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Re: New MGB seat Idea?
Posted by: 63BlueMGB
Date: December 22, 2012 09:43PM

Brad,

The seats cushions in the original post were from a 1996 328I, However the seats I pulled from the pick and pull came from a upper mid 90's 525. I thought all the seats would be the same however these were built different and fit the mgb seat frame better. For better support, of the seat I think I have found a way to modify the mg seat frame to accept the BMW seat frame. I will be working on that in the near future and post what i find.


denvermgb
Brad Carson
Aurora, Colorado
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1975 MGB 350 SBC bored 0.040 over

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Re: New MGB seat Idea?
Posted by: denvermgb
Date: December 24, 2012 11:39AM

Nick,

I will be very interested to see your work on these seats. Thanks for the update.

Brad


wwilson40
William Wilson

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Re: New MGB seat Idea?
Posted by: wwilson40
Date: June 09, 2013 08:48PM

Nick,

We just got a '76 MGB which needs seats redone badly. I just happen to have a '95 BMW 525i with very good seats that I am considering selling for scrap. What a nice idea. Thanks for sharing. What did you do about controls? since the 525i is a 4 door the seat doesn't go forward and all controls are motor driven servos. Also you spoke about modifications to increase stability. How did that turn out?

Thanks,

Bill


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

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1979 MGB Buick 215

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Re: New MGB seat Idea?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: June 10, 2013 12:57AM

Nice seats, but...19" in width on the seat bottom is about the limit. Gonna be a tight squeeze.


63BlueMGB
Nick B
Kansas City, Mo.
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Re: New MGB seat Idea?
Posted by: 63BlueMGB
Date: June 11, 2013 05:59PM

William,

I havent got as far along on the seats as i have wanted, I tend to float all around the car when I get frustrated with something, Although it helps keep my motivation going in the car, I havent got discouraged with the seats I just moved back to the driveline and everything associated with that. The seats I pulled these seats from are a 525 mid nineties, I believe however they fit on the mgb frame almost perfect, I am going to modify the BMW frame to fit just havent got that far and for now I could just add some support to the MGB seat frame and the seats would work as is, But as you mentioned the BMW seats have so many controls not to mention they are heated it would be a shame not to use them. Here are some pictures of the seat inside my 63 on the MGB seat frame and it is really not that tight of a fit, I think it compares to all the other seats I have seen. Please note I am no way a car builder or professional just trying different things this may or may not work. But I will let you decided. any questions or thoughts are appreciated
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63BlueMGB
Nick B
Kansas City, Mo.
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Re: New MGB seat Idea?
Posted by: 63BlueMGB
Date: June 11, 2013 06:01PM

A couple more photos
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NCtim
Tim Shumbera
Western North Carolina
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Re: New MGB seat Idea?
Posted by: NCtim
Date: June 21, 2013 05:00PM

Nick,

You might consider adding some more webbing on the frame for support, other than that it looks like a good idea.

Tim


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