[DeTomaso] Dropped Pans

Asa Jay Laughton asajay at asajay.com
Mon Jul 5 23:31:42 EDT 2010

I've sat in Roger's car (like 10 years ago or so) and it was 
comfortable, and had plenty of headroom.

Thanks Jack.

Asa Jay

Asa Jay Laughton, MSgt, USAFR, Retired
&  Shelley Marie
Spokane, WA

On 7/5/2010 10:48, JDeRyke at aol.com wrote:
>   So if you don't install the rails on the seats, then how do you get the
> seats bolted to the floor?
> You measure carefully and drill 4 new holes to exactly match the threade
> holes in the seat base, and eliminate the rails. The welded nuts in the floor
> won't fit anything except stock adjustment rails. With most kits, you'll
> likely need spacers in front, as a seat that sits perfectly horizontal is
> uncomfortable to drive- you constantly feel like you're sliding under the dash.
> 15 years ago at a Nor-Cal Tech Session, I suggested to Roger Sharp that a
> seat-pan 'kit' was a waste of money- if you don't need adjustment, all thats
> really needed is to slice the stock pan on the sides and back, bend it down
> at the front crossmember and use a sheet filler-piece around the edges. That
> tends to give a little fore-&-aft taper to the new seat base, avoiding the
> need for extra spacers. He promptly did this and the job was finished in a
> few hours (drivers side only). Do NOT cut right at the edge of the console as
> that makes welding in the 3-sided filler piece harder. Allow for some metal
> overlap in the filler piece(s); butt-welding long pieces of thin sheet
> metal is almost impossible due to heat-expansion/shrinkage. Some aftermarket
> seats will be much more difficult to fit than others. I once fitted a nice
> looking pair of Ferrari Boxer seats to a Pantera, and the bolsters were so wide,
> stock seatbelt plates and retractors in the rockers wouldn't fit, and the
> stock rake adjusters on the seats needed shaving in 3 places!
> As for how much drop is possible, measure your car to be sure you don't
> drop the floor so far that the seat pan becomes the lowest part of the car....
> especially if you don't use seat rails. One encounter with 'normal' road
> debris could have disasterous results to your sitter... I don't use (or need)
> dropped pans since we have two quite different-sized drivers, but I've driven
> a few with dropped pans several hundred miles, and if the seat base is
> higher in front than in back and your legs happen to match up to the location,
> they're at least as comfortable as stock. Good luck- J DeRyke
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