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Today the seat diaphragms arrived. Look as if they should fit hopefully I have the skill. 
First photo I’ve just laid it on top and size is good. 
Second photo, I had no intention to go this far…..
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Tony 

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58 minutes ago, EXCEL V8 said:

That does look good.  Will you need shorter hooks or will the originals work do you think?  I had no idea the foam was in two separate pieces!

Pete

Hi Pete, think the hooks could be ok. The diaphragms also come with a bag of hooks that are quite short, May have to drill more holes in the tube frame , but not checked that.  

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7 hours ago, EXCEL V8 said:

That does look good.  Will you need shorter hooks or will the originals work do you think?  I had no idea the foam was in two separate pieces!

Pete

Hi Pete, what do you think about the fit of the diaphragm ? I imagined it to fit with the other side up, but the hooks seem to go better this way. 
A little interference on the four corners.  
Just got to put holes in diaphragm to match seven split pins that hold seat cloth through foam to diaphragm. Could probably move split clips to line up with holes melded in the diaphragm   
 

 

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The world “melted “ in previous post should be replaced by molded.  
Those seven split pin fasteners that attach cloth through central foam then to diaphragm, looks like the ones on the corners will fit straight through molded holes.  I could remove front central one and replace it with two , going around 50mm of centre, to align again with holes in diaphragm.  That then leaves one either side that hasn’t got a hole anywhere near.  Not really keen on punching two holes in the rubber as there would be no reinforced edges. Needs a steel or plastic bush to protect the rubber.  
 

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I agree will be not good practice adding holes in the new diaphragm. Can you reposition the split pins on the tie rods?. 

Watching with interest. My seats OK ish, but a bit saggy and will be tempted to get a couple of these mini rubbers if they work out.

Tony 

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3 minutes ago, Tony D said:

I agree will be not good practice adding holes in the new diaphragm. Can you reposition the split pins on the tie rods?. 

Watching with interest. My seats OK ish, but a bit saggy and will be tempted to get a couple of these mini rubbers if they work out.

Tony 

Hi Tony, looks like two options, first option,don’t fit the two central split pins, then the seat cover could be loose. Option two , punch the rubber and fit these…..

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The diaphragm looks like a really good fit - how hard did you have to pull on the clips to get them in?  If you want to make extra holes just glue some "washers" made from insertion rubber either side of the diaphragm - I think it would be fine.  Great progress!

Pete

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10 minutes ago, EXCEL V8 said:

The diaphragm looks like a really good fit - how hard did you have to pull on the clips to get them in?  If you want to make extra holes just glue some "washers" made from insertion rubber either side of the diaphragm - I think it would be fine.  Great progress!

Pete

Pete ,  the pull on the clips, well I just needed pliers to help but no major force , quit easy really.  The diaphragm is not drum tight but it’s not loose.  Having zero experience, not sure if tension is correct.  

Tony 

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1 minute ago, EXCEL V8 said:

It's bound to be better than a saggy original!  It looks good - it will depend how heavy you are! 😄😉

Pete

Yes Pete weight going back on monthly 😂 It’s good there’s a shortage of Quality Street this Christmas so that should help ph and Turkey 

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Well the first attempt of seat base refurbishment has worked out pretty good.  Quite surprised.  
So next help needed is what if anything goes between seat base and grp floor. Any spacers or rubber pads ?

Thanks

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Hi Tony,

 

This may or may not be helpful but below is what I found when i took the front seats out of mine

Taken from page two of my diary.

 

How many spacers does it take to level the front seats???

This many!!!!!

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Roland

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2 minutes ago, Angus553 said:

Hi Tony thats pretty much what it was for me. IIRC it was 4 at the rear and 5 at the front.

Angus

Hi  Angus and Roland , think in the boxes of nuts and bolts there may be a couple of them , but not many.  

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Had a look for seat spaces today , but none in the places I looked 😞 not too much of a drama.  
Next question on seats , am I missing any covers off the side frames? There are plastic covers on outside of seats covering metal work  

 

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5 minutes ago, Angus553 said:

Hi Tony

yes you are missing the plastic covers.

Not a major problem , if I have to make some from aluminium.  But the car would be on the road long before that job gets done. 

Tony 

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