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I have a long back which is very stiff through injury and even with the power seat at it’s lowest position, I have some trouble sqeezing into the vette. Once in the seat, my head is very close to the roof and I have to hunch down a bit, so a few years ago I added some wire to lengthen the two inner seat springs on the drivers side seat and also removed some foam from the seat.


This was a big improvement, but I soon noticed the reclining mechanism sticking into my side. i replaced the power reclining system with a shorter manual one and that fixed that problem. I also began to notice a hard ledge towards the front of the seat. This wasn’t too uncomfortable at first but I realised it was preventing me from sitting a little bit lower.

The hard ledge was the raised part of the seat that holds the front retainer to the seat springs.


So I cut it out !


The seat is made of plastic with some metal embedded at key areas around the edge. the part I cut out was all plastic, and I used the cutting wheel on a dremel


The part I cut out looks like it was contributing to the rigidity of the seat base, so I fabricated some 6mm aluminium flat bar to replace it, but mounted further forward.


One end bolts through into the seat track, the other bolts through a spare hole. looks like the seats have two sets of holes so they can be mounted as left or right seats.

I used some fencing wire temporarily to hold the front of the seat wires in place. The seat feels more comfortable and I have possibly gained another 10 mm headroom. Now my head only justs hits the roof as I squeeze into the car.


When I have used the seat for a while I’ll replace the fencing wire with some stainless steel wire.



Seats –

The existing leather seats were the most comfortable car seats I have ever sat in but leather is just too hot for my part of the world.

To stop from sweating I had to sit on a towel even in winter, so I recovered the seats with black leather side bolsters and thick sheepskin centres, which are coloured a deep Burgundy.


I’m so comfortable sitting ‘in’ the sheepskin seats and they’ve added to the appearance of the interior, which looks great. I’ve covered the armrest with matching sheepskin.


The power sports seats have 9 controls. Everything is electric. The seats go forward and back, the front goes up/down, the rear goes up/down, the seatback reclines, the side back bolsters squeeze in and out for a firm fit and there is an airbladder with three sections in the lower back of the seat.

Some of the seat controls fit into the leather bolsters, I ordered new bezels for them and these pictures were taken before they had arrived.


The steering column is adjustable in height and travel so no wonder I think it’s the most comfortable car I’ve ever driven.


Also visible in the photo’s is my ‘breadbox’ replacement – a padded black vinyl panel with ‘Corvette’ embroidered in the area stamped in the famous Corvette ‘Bow-Tie’ shape.

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