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mustang68mustangs
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posted 10-11-2002 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustang68mustangs   Click Here to Email mustang68mustangs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Have any of you ever moved the pans that the seats mount to back for more leg room in your mustang? I'm 6'1"and my knees are right up against the steering wheel in my 68.I love my car I just would like more leg room. I also have Summit racing seats in it which makes it a little more difficult.I can only imagine trying to get in and out of the car when I put in the roll bar!
There is an article in Mustang Plus's catalog on how to do it.Just wondering if anyone did it.They say it doesnt affect carpet fit but I dont believe them.Isnt the carpet molded to fit the pans?I also think I will need to drill new holes in the floorpans so I can access the seat bolts.
Bob

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68DARKHORSE
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posted 10-11-2002 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68DARKHORSE   Click Here to Email 68DARKHORSE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've seen an article on lowering them but not moving them back.
I'm 6'1" also and I slouch down in my fastback(not good on the lower back).
I've been looking at seats that have a thiner or sunk in bottom and recline. The black cloth seats by Scat, Steel Horse, and Best Top are only $200ea and are very light.

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68DARKHORSE
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posted 10-11-2002 01:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68DARKHORSE   Click Here to Email 68DARKHORSE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Installing a smaller steering wheel gives a little more room, and makes it alot easier to get in and out of the car.

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Jeff
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From: Moore, OK USA
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posted 10-11-2002 01:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Using a Lecarra steering wheel 14" no dish would provide a bit more room.

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68DARKHORSE
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posted 10-11-2002 01:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68DARKHORSE   Click Here to Email 68DARKHORSE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like some dish in the wheel so it is comfortable when the seat is reclined.
The dish also has the effect of raising the wheel slightly as the column is at an angle.

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mustangs68
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posted 10-11-2002 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mustang Plus had a how to on this in one of their Catalogs awhile back...check their website.
sam

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mellowyellow
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posted 10-11-2002 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The local shop did it on a 68 cpe. They lowered the pans also, and used seats out of a Probe, or whatever.

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Fastback68
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posted 10-11-2002 07:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have moved the seat hump on the driver's side back about three inches and had a new floor pan made with different access holes. It's a very simple job if you have a good metal worker. I'm also 6 feet 1. I could hardly drive it before.
Actually, for about the first year I had a different temporary arrangement, knowing the floor pan was gonna be replaced anyway. I cut an extra set of access holes underneath, then fabricated two Z-shaped brackets for the rears of the seat rails. That worked fine too.

[This message has been edited by Fastback68 (edited 10-11-2002).]

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mustang68mustangs
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posted 10-12-2002 09:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustang68mustangs   Click Here to Email mustang68mustangs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Guys I'm gonna attempt this soon.Doesnt seem too hard for me.Passenger has plenty of room but I might move them both so it doesnt look funny.I am also in the market for a new steering wheel.
Bob

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