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    Senior Member GS450-Junkie's Avatar
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    New Aluminum Seatbacks

    So in the process of a complete seat overhaul... I decided to fix those crappy, flimsy and always broken seatbacks with something a little more sturdy and dependable. Mine seemed to turn to dust even as I moved them on the work bench so I figured why bother even trying to recover them. I went with 1/8" aluminum pieces. I had the original pieces drawn to scale in a CAD program by a local shop here in town, and then had them cut. I did the rest of the process myself...including deburring, and riveting the mounting brackets on, drilling all mounting holes, then applied new leather upholstery over the top to match my new seat covers. I went with the 2 tone covers from Houston for my seats, and figured I would take care of the backs at the same time on my own since Houston doesn't deal with the back of the seat. It's not a huge project, but I like finishing something completely instead of reusing old pieces or waiting for someone to put out a kit, etc. The dimensions are extremely close to the originals, and are a perfect fit. They are very sturdy and rigid...so they need a little wiggle to get them in since they don't basically fold in half like the wooden ones did. But...once they are in they are extremely snug. They fit so well I dedided not to secure the top 2 mounting screws for a cleaner look. None the less, I'm very pleased. They are very comfortable once installed, and I don't seem to notice any difference compared to the old ones. I suppose new seat covers really help as well. The only downside of the aluminum is that you can't staple the seatback cover over the structure...it has to be glued. But...no big deal, still very doable.
    I specifically had them drawn up and saved in a CAD program so if any other owners were interested, I could have more made with just a phone call. The CAD drawing and file seemed to be the biggest part of this project...and most expensive. So if anyone would like a set...this is a good way to avoid all the runaround of figuring this out on your own. I do have some extra sets made ... I have them here out in the garage if anyone is interested. If you are interested...PM me and we can work something out. I will even mount and drill all the mounting brackets, etc. if you mail them to me.
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    Excellent job, looks great! My drivers seat back is always popping out of place.

    Stephen
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    Those look great. I didn't even think about making them out of aluminum. I just bought some more fiberboard instead.
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    Great Idea, where did you get the brackets? Did you use the old ones?

    My drivers seat has been popping off.
    Thanks,
    Lenny

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    Senior Member GS450-Junkie's Avatar
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    I just reused my old brackets off of the original fiberboard pieces.

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    "They fit so well I dedided not to secure the top 2 mounting screws for a cleaner look."

    FWIW: I don't believe those 2 screws you refer too were supposed to be there anyway. The only screws should be the bottom two.
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    Nice job!!!

    ...almost a shame to cover them

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    aluminum seatbacks

    Looks great, nice thinking outside the box.
    Andy B 03513

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMC5180 View Post
    "They fit so well I dedided not to secure the top 2 mounting screws for a cleaner look."

    FWIW: I don't believe those 2 screws you refer too were supposed to be there anyway. The only screws should be the bottom two.
    Actually, I believe you're right. It's just deceiving since they are there when you start with the old panels.

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    This is fantastic.
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