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1961 Kombi seat identification

Discussion in 'Splitty Tech Clinic' started by Don 56, Oct 14, 2019.

  1. Don 56

    Don 56 New Member

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    I recently bought a 1961 Kombi from Tasmania and it came with these two single front seats.
    My options are to re-cover the seats and use them or buy a bench seat. (if that is possible)
    But would like to know what type of VW they came from.
    There is no sliding track and the seat and back support are all one unit, no adjustments.
    Keen to hear your opinions.
     

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  2. 77/kombi/surfer

    77/kombi/surfer Well-Known Member

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  3. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Early beetle seats?
     
  4. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    I thought early beetle or maybe a country buggy/thing?
     
  5. Squidy

    Squidy Well-Known Member

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    61 should have a “hump” bench seat. Very hard to find unfortunately
     
  6. Don 56

    Don 56 New Member

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    I have had an outside opinion on the seats from someone who does know their VW's.
    He mentioned perhaps a very early beetle but maybe they aren't even VW seats.
    Anyone out there have a 1961 kombi bench seat for sale?
     
  7. Don 56

    Don 56 New Member

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    This is a photo of the kombi interior showing the original seat brackets.
    Can you confirm that the original seat was a full bench seat, I have to make sure that I buy the correct seat.
    Does the seat rest on a rubber mount at the front where there is a hole?

    Thanks
     

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    Squidy Well-Known Member

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  9. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Is this what you trying to achieve @Squidy ,I've just copied and pasted your images to make them full size. On the seat Squidy is right with the way and type of seat that you are looking for.

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  10. Squidy

    Squidy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Wayne !
     
  11. Don 56

    Don 56 New Member

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    Excellent thanks very much, so now I need to find a seat.
    New seat from Rod Penrose $12/1300.00.
    Upholsterer $????
    Total OMG
     
  12. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    You chose to do up a splitty.......goes with the territory I’m afraid......:rolleyes:
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  13. Squidy

    Squidy Well-Known Member

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    Rod is an upholsterer , see if he can give you a good price on a finished one ??
     
  14. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    You could buy another splitty:eek: to get a rusty broken spring seat :eek::(that still needs to be retrimmed :eek:to suit the rest of your car or pay $1300 plus trimming and you have a brand new seat .Simply decision in my mindo_O:);)
     
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  15. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha aha .............:rolleyes:
    ...but worth asking the question.
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  16. Don 56

    Don 56 New Member

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    I half knew what I was in for, I did restore a beetle.
    But this Kombi has been huge, just finished all the metal work.
    Have enjoyed almost every bit of it.
    I was a little ignorant about the seats though, still not a problem.
     
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  17. 77/kombi/surfer

    77/kombi/surfer Well-Known Member

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    Yep you wont get much change out of $2k+ for one . Still got to add another $500 for the coconut padding then trimming costs to the bare frame from rods.
    Other option is to get some metal tubing and get it bent to form a base an top piece.
    Weld on the tabs to lock it into place. Also tabs to screw wood ply to it. Use ply for the back an bum supports bases then get thinner hard foam from clarkes or other outlet . You can trim it your self with cloth or vinyl using a basic staple gun.
    Also a plus is by keeping the seat lower profile depending on your height you sit lower so may avoid the lean on the steering wheel an slouch down windscreen out view issues. There no seat adjustmet!!!!
    Oh an if your after a middle seat expect to pay around $3500 to $$4500 for one an around another $1000 for a rear one. Cheaper option is to used bay window seats, they bolt in an you need a longer seat bracket on the back seat to fixing point.
     
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  18. Roo

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    EBB2598A-B79E-4C41-882F-76DF3E98F7A7.png So just to throw in a curve ball, my 61 has these adjustable brackets top and bottom. No brackets for the backrest down low on the wheel arches either. Instead, the seat base has pipes bent up at the back for the backrest to sit against. Have seen the same adjustable brackets on a 63.
    Anyone have more info on this arrangement? Not trying to hijack the thread, just keeping with the line of discussion on 61 seats.
     
  19. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    I have the same set up.
    seat base.jpg top of seat.jpg
     
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  20. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    You must have got the Deluxe option
     

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