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74 front seats

Discussion in 'Interior' started by Bodgie#08, Dec 23, 2017.

  1. Bodgie#08

    Bodgie#08 New Member

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    Hi, I am knew to this club and am in need of advice. I am having a 74 Kombi Camper restored and don't have front seats or bases, he was going to put front seats from VW station wagon but these are too high, it there any way of using these seats, or should I be looking for some original seats?
     
  2. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    g'day and welcome

    As for your seats you would be best to post up a pic of the seat rails in your camper now.

    They are a bit thin on the ground kombi seats

    There was another thread on this recently - see if I can dig it up
     
  3. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    Welcome. If you can find original seats you will save yourself a headache but as Barry said - they can be a bit hard to find.
     
  4. Bodgie#08

    Bodgie#08 New Member

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    Thanks for the advice, I was really upset when I received the call that the seats he had acquired didn't slip straight in as he was told. I was hoping to be driving around before Christmas!!!
     
  5. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Welcome peaches and cream to the KC. Like Barry :rolleyes: above mentioned show us a photo. To see if the tracks and brackets that hold the seats are in there place , as they some times get butchered:eek: if previous owners has put in another vehicles seats in.
     
  6. Poptop

    Poptop Well-Known Member

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    Your likely to be upset on the price of replacement seats!
    Welcome P&C :)
     
  7. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    An easy way out would be fo fit a set of ‘77 onwards seat rails and install a set of T3 seats.....all original VW stuff that is readily available...
    Welcome to KC.
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  8. Bodgie#08

    Bodgie#08 New Member

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    Here are a couple of pics of rails in my camper.
    Thanks Mark for advice regarding rails, can I buy these rails and seats used? drivers side seat.jpg passenger side seat.JPG
     
  9. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    OK - good news is that your stock seat rails are in place

    Now to find some seats

    I "think" this is a candidate but "a" is sometime hard to contact

    https://forums.aussieveedubbers.com/viewtopic.php?tid=112909

    You could also try Mikki (0410315739) at Indian?

    neither of these options are in walking distance :(
     
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  10. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks Mark for advice regarding rails, can I buy these rails and seats used ?

    Best bloke on here with seats n rails would be Phil - Luckyphil- flick him a pm & see what he has..
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  11. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    best to weld in a set of T3 rails as they are best for T3 seats, cant get them new but lots being wrecked so post a wanted add.
     
  12. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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  13. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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  14. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Being a sardonic sod at best, it occurs to me that considering whoever is fitting seats had no suspicion that sedan seats may have different bases, do you really want to go thru the cost and chase to find T 3 seats and mounts then hope that the runners get fitted correctly.

    On top of the cost of the runners you will need seats.
    Could get you a pair needing recovering for $200 or a bit less.
    Recovering seats probably in range starting at $400 ea. Both types.
    More if seat frames and springs need work and repadding.

    If fortunate and had time to wait then pretty clean examples start at $500 PR for T3 seats.

    Your existing runners and clips are stock for early bay up to and including august 76 build.

    Can't see that bay seats have become that rare?

    Other consideration is T3 seats are more comfortable especially on longer trips.
    A good repadded bay seat is good and better than just recovering same.

    My pick for less dramas and cost is buy a pair of early bay seats and have a quality recover job sometime.

    Cheers and welcome.
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2017
  15. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Please don’t fit T3 seats to your bay.

    65,000 bays produced and sold in the 70’s in Australia - must be some seats worth re using or recovering / repadding. You own a bay, enjoy the ride the way VW designed it - with bay seats. ;)

    Just 4,500 T3’s imported and sold in the 80’s / early 90’s.

    What happens when T3 owners in the future need to replace their comfy seats, with original, and they’ve all been snaffled by bay owners?.....:eek: :(

    :p
     
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2017
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  16. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    They put Recaro's in :)
     
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  17. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    We had a sports car that boasted factory fitted Recaros, but after an hour of kidney grabbing locked in seating position....not good.

    Understand the need in high “G” race track situations, but not for a cruising Kombi.

    I find the T3 seats are actually more comfortable for long haul driving, for me. o_O
     
  18. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    Disagree mine are from a Proton Satri GTI and I love them, can drive all day in them.
     
  19. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Each to their own Phil........ maybe you should be driving an original Proton, instead of a Kombi? :rolleyes:

    :p
     
  20. Bodgie#08

    Bodgie#08 New Member

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    Thanks for the advice, but I am now confused. I have been searching the web for front seats but there doesnt seem to be anything out there. Is there anyone in SA who I should get in contact with to point me in the right direction?
     

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