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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 20, 3:40 PM Thread Starter
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Question Twisted seat bucket seat back

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Seems the seat got twisted somehow before I owned them. Only the one side drivers seat back is actually twisted. the car was in an accident and the front end pushed in so thinking someone was in the back when it hit and they pushed through between the seats and bent the drivers seat twisting it on the console side.
That's just a theory how it got like that... I would like to know if anyone else has come across this and if so how did they fix it.
I know I'll have to strip the seat down and look at the frame, possibly heat it up and persuade it back to the original specs...

Maybe once stripped a good push back might fix it too LOL

Thoughts?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 20, 3:45 PM
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I would bolt to a sheet of plywood and try to straighten with come a longs
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Re: Twisted seat bucket seat back

yeah maybe something like that will have to happen. I will have to strip away the outter layers first.

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Re: Twisted seat bucket seat back

Id bolt it down and just twist it back. Like when you crashed your bike, sit on the front tire and twist the bars back - done!

Tighten it till it strips and back it off a quarter turn.
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Re: Twisted seat bucket seat back

Very common.

Most likely some spot welds have broken loose on the frame.
strip it and remove the spring assembly to inspect, then clamp and weld it back to shape.

I've also seen them welded together from the factory way out of square... end of a shift most likely and someone needed a smoke.

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Well with the shut down of mostly everything I had time and great weather to strip a seat.
i started with the Drivers as this is the one with the twist on the seat back.
This seat musta have been assembled on a day when management was watching. There must have been a pound and a half of hog rings!

Once I took the layers off the seat...I could finally see the bare bones and the twist.

I got my wife to stand on one side of the seat frame bottom and I stood on the other side and with a 5 foot long crow bar I twisted the seat slowly and in small amounts the opposite direction.
there were no weld breaks or cracks. only a few places where the springs broke. It is the drivers side so I expected that! Not too much mouse damage either...glad of that!

Here are the layers of the seat bottom and back. Bare bones frame of seat. And last the twist and then straightened!
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 20, 8:36 AM
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Re: Twisted seat bucket seat back

Guy brought in a pair of bucket seats for restoration a few years back. Driver's was twisted just like the OP's. I asked him if the car had been in an accident. He claimed it was due to "amorous activity" in the back seat.....

We got it straightened out in the same way as above.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 20, 11:16 AM
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Re: Twisted seat bucket seat back

I bought new springs when I ran into this..
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