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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    That's all a great range of options! I have the originals, which I guess no-one will be surprised about. They are now with cloth inserts where the old vinyl split and I had the bases repadded a couple of years ago (dismal quality originals, only lasting about 40-45 years before sagging....).

    My issue, solved by all those photos, is lack of head/neck protection in the standard items. Back when they were easily available, some people fitted R12 'tombstone' seats.

    I'm very tempted by some of the photos...

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    John, the problem i found with most generic modern seat replacements for the r8 that i have seen ,is they end up too high in the sitting position.
    I guess i just got very lucky with these as the height is perfect with the 8mm adaptor plate i made.

    Cheers brian
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    I underline my previous post ..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by geckoeng View Post
    I underline my previous post ..........
    Please explain ray!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by potentz View Post
    If you look really closely you will see that i uprated the 6mm bolts from the new seat rails to 7 mm which i recycled from stripping down a r16 gear case for my big box build i love recycling
    Never throw a metric nut or bolt away. Never....
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Never throw a metric nut or bolt away. Never....
    Especially those 7mm ones
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    Quote Originally Posted by potentz View Post
    If you look really closely you will see that i uprated the 6mm bolts from the new seat rails to 7 mm which i recycled from stripping down a r16 gear case for my big box build i love recycling
    Me to. Threw so much when I last moved that I have wanted since. I will never throw anything away ever ever again.

    Currently building a milling machine and a large lathe from pieces others have thrown out. The only new bits are an 8" chuck, and an XY table big enough for an engine block and a head. Even the electric motors are old pump motors.

    I do preffer original seats.
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    I enjoy using brand new grade 8 bolts from my storage rack. But hate having to fork out $$ to restock it every year or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by potentz View Post
    John, the problem i found with most generic modern seat replacements for the r8 that i have seen ,is they end up too high in the sitting position.
    I guess i just got very lucky with these as the height is perfect with the 8mm adaptor plate i made.

    Cheers brian
    They are perfect for the R8 Brian, because they came from a high performance sports car and you are fitting them to another high performance sports car
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    Default Adaptor plates

    So this is what the adaptor plates look like installed-.easy adaptation if the donor slide rails are narrower than the stock r8r10 sliders or seat rail
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    Nice neat job Brian, as usual.
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    Nice adaptors. I think I will copy them for my 70/80ies corbeaus.
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    Yes a classic bucket is rather nice, and what I always like in "GT" type cars is a bucket on the drivers side "for personalisation".

    Always enjoyed driving Graeme's Gordini, but sadly it had to be taken out for registration in NSW.

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    Ok,before i proceed ,i would like to outline the merits of the standard r8 r10 front seat.

    1. they are really good seats for the time they were produced.

    2. big and comfortable ,supportive and forgiving.

    3.unique and add an unquestionable period ambience to these cars.

    4. And then they have that unique smell that is only evident in a r8 or r10.(maybe dauphines,i dont know)

    Now what i think about my new seats:

    1. great added safety in neck and shoulder support

    2.vastly improved support provided by the bolsters ,both side and leg and love the adj lumbar and side support

    3. once i got used to the firmer seat squab, nice and comfortable

    4. changes the ball game completely when cornering.very,very nice!!!!!!.

    5.feels like a sports car.

    6.The wife absolutely loves them as her head no longer hits the rear parcel shelf every time i take off and change gears and she no longer has to hang on to the armrest or the door strap when im cornering.

    All said, a nice improvement.

    Just my worth guys and here endeth my seat story.
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    I can only imagine Gill's neck stretching to hit the rear parcel shelf, something like the Road Runner accelerating in the cartoons.

    Enjoy, because as I would like to do a few mods myself on my G, I can't because of the originality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frans View Post
    I can only imagine Gill's neck stretching to hit the rear parcel shelf, something like the Road Runner accelerating in the cartoons.

    Enjoy, because as I would like to do a few mods myself on my G, I can't because of the originality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frans View Post
    I can only imagine Gill's neck stretching to hit the rear parcel shelf, something like the Road Runner accelerating in the cartoons.

    Enjoy, because as I would like to do a few mods myself on my G, I can't because of the originality.

    Frans.
    Do the mods as Potentz has so they are totally reversible and wrap the original seats in plastic and put them in the attic.

    You will have the best of both worlds, albeit an hours work with a spanner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geckoeng View Post
    Yes a classic bucket is rather nice, and what I always like in "GT" type cars is a bucket on the drivers side "for personalisation".

    Always enjoyed driving Graeme's Gordini, but sadly it had to be taken out for registration in NSW.

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    Not exactly true. The current CVS rego here in NSW would have had them sorted fine

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    Hi "bowie",
    It is done now and I have no say in it. I thought it was a bit stupid, but that is what Andrew was told..... ????? And it was all mounted to the original slides and base frame ?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    You have the best of both worlds, lovely R8G plus track car to modify to your heart's content!
    You guys have an answer for everything!
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    Quote Originally Posted by geckoeng View Post
    Hi "bowie",
    It is done now and I have no say in it. I thought it was a bit stupid, but that is what Andrew was told..... ????? And it was all mounted to the original slides and base frame ?????

    Ray
    Yes I feel the difference may have been in what a club considers "original" or "period correct" as I'm assuming its ending up with Historic Rego. Thankfully they have changed things a little here in that there is a new rego system to capture "modified" things to take the confusion out of it. Although most clubs would have considered those seats "period correct" and be done with it.

    Either way. Those style of seats where my first preference until I thought about it and wanted some head support.

    #Edit, I meant loops for a harness.
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