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Anybody remember plastic car seats?

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I have just been given a not so good reminder of a childhood memory long since forgotten. Been out for a quick drive in a friends newly aquired Mk. 3 Ford Cortina.

Whilst the car is OK (in the loosest possible terms) It had the same aweful standard black plastic seats that were sooo common on some of my Fathers cars back in the 70's, (before the affordability of cloth seats) It's not the seats themselves, but the temperature the seats aquire after sitting in the sun, windows up, in a closed car.

Clothing needed to be made out of Teflon to withstand the initial burn whilst positioning yourself comfortably (that's a laugh) upon these so call seats that have warmed up to the temperature of the Suns core. I remember as a kid, getting in cars with shorts and T-shirt and screaming in pain whilst your back and your arse become one with the seat after being welded together and then having to endure near 1st degree burns.

Mk.3 Cortina with plastic seats in this weather - No Thankyou!

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My pa had a few cortina's and I remember the burn of those seats well and trying to levitate above them to avoid 3rd degree injuries!


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My first car was a Mk3 Cortina. It was a late one, a 1.6L Pinto, pale blue over rust, square headlights and Mk4 dash. NJD 443P. Had it for nearly two years - crashed into anything and everything (including playing bumper cars with my mate in his Herald) welded the floor a number of times, replaced the camshaft twice, fitted 3 clutches and one gearbox, installed a CB and a bangin' sound system.

What a POS!:thumbsup:

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Yep - I remember having to sit on these with sunburnt legs - back of the knees were the worst. Almost like the skin was left behind when you got out.

My folks had to put sheets/blankets on the seats in hot weather.


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This has really brought back some awful memories!

As a child (and still even today) I suffered very badly with travel sickness. If I knew I was going on a car journey, I would rush out to the car and open all the windows wide to let the smell of the plastic seats escape. As other have said, in the hot weather it was almost unbearable to sit in the car.

Actually, I feel a little sick just thinking about it :thumbsup:


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Cover seat in damp beach towel. Problem solved!!


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What I remember were those clear plastic seat covers with the bumps all over them. Uncomfortable, hot, sticky, and when a little boy fell asleep on the back seat during a long drive, his face looked like it had been worked over with a waffle iron.

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My Mum had a Mk 2 Cortina 1300GT with black vinyl seats, boy did they get hot!


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I remember them well. My Dad had a Mk3 Cortina Estate. I remember sitting on the vinyl seats on a hot day and having to wair school shorts and then getting out of the car. Sweaty and horrible.

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Ian, I know you really like to wear shorts ..but that's maybe the problem :thumbsup:

wrong sort of clothes :)


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I remember them well.

Mark. That second pic is identicle to the car I was in today but black interior.

Ian, I know you really like to wear shorts ..but that's maybe the problem :thumbsup:

Thank goodness the Mankini was 30 years after vinal seats. :)


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I give you the early Elans and an Australian summer censored.gif


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My first Mini a 1969 1000 super deluxe no less had black vinyl seats and they were very painful in the summer months. Luckily the car was white (snow berry) so it did at least reflect a lot of the heat away from the car. I seem to remember steering wheels also getting quite hot as well before they were covered in leather etc...

On a more up to date agony however you should try the bare aluminium gear lever knob in an Elise when it's minus something outside in the winter and you've got no gloves on very painful.......

Martyn :D

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I grew up in Scotland. Don't remember too many hot days, but on the odd occasion I recall my skin almost welding to vinyl car seats.

I always thought it funny when someone got out of a car in those days and left a bum imprint behind them.

Alan

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