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September 23, 2009, 9:20am Report to Moderator

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I believe the front seats of a Vitesse are handed, i.e. there's a left and a right one, but how do you tell which is which!!!

Both of mine look the same! They're out at the moment while i paint the car, and I don't know if it's a pair, or two the same and if so which side...............

'68 Mk1 Vitesse convertible boneshaker, and a somewhat more economical '89 998cc A series powered Metro.
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September 23, 2009, 7:32pm Report to Moderator

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doesnt really matter but the slide release is shown towards the tunnel side
the seat frames are the same part numbers  what is odd is the height /for/aft holes in the seat and slide base need to be offset to get the rear of the frame to drop onto the runners
if you use the what seems obvious holes in alignment the seat will be angled and the tubes miss the runners at the back  if that makes sense    Pete

1964 1600 Vitesse 6 Cactus and Black , now  sold
now have T2000   Mk2 saloon in French Blue/grey trim  been  restored without running since 1997
now has power steering ,poly bushed and Alfa 156 seats
location  Luton
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September 23, 2009, 9:54pm Report to Moderator

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Would that explain why in my old Herald it felt like you were sitting inside the door card then? If they were on the wrong side of the car they would 'twist'?

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September 24, 2009, 4:07pm Report to Moderator

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If you get them around the wrong way it'll make it harder to reach the seatbelt in a saloon (I'm told) and it'll rub on the b-post in a convertible (which happened to me). No big deal, just annoying.

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October 18, 2009, 3:05pm Report to Moderator

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Just put replacement front seats in and I think I may have fallen foul of the alinment thing, they are catching the sides, Will take another look, thanks for the tip.

Chris, Yeovil, Somerset. Always keen to meet local owners! Now own a Vitesse, was owner of a Herold,
passed my test in a Dolomite (1979)

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Hi in response to the question are vitesse seats handed the answer is no, I have had my seats recovered and when i put the drivers seat in the car it was tight on the door pillar and touching the door, after some head scratching and careful looking I realised that the seat runners are handed,( someone had had them out to replace the carpet) changed them round and as if by magic the seats fit perfectly in the car. the brackets that the seat bolt to are offset, hope this solves your problem
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Seat Fitting

Problems can often be found with seats that have been incorrectly refitted after being removed.  There are some minor variations in detail over the models and period of production but I believe the following should apply to all variations.
Components and terminology:
Seat runners - fitted to the floor, have holes for the adjuster to register in.

Subframe - runs on runners, includes adjuster lever on one side only.  Has two brackets on the front, each with two holes arranged one ABOVE the other.  On one side the bracket is square and straight, and on the other side the holes are set forward, so the bracket is shaped like a B.

Seat frame - on which seat is built.  Brackets at the front have two holes arranged one BEHIND the other.

Seat runners should be fitted with holes to the rear,  fixed with 5/16" UNF bolts, and with 1/2" spacers (thick washers) under each bolt.  Captive nut on turret at the rear is FQ3406 (should be available from the usual suspects).

The sub-frames are handed: you should have a pair.  They should be fitted so that the adjuster lever and catch is nearest the transmission tunnel.  This adjuster should mate with the holes in the seat runner (but won't if the seat runner has been fitted back to front).  This ensures that the holes on the bracket on the door side are a smidgen further forward than the transmission tunnel side, i.e. the B shaped bracket is nearest the door.

Choose between the high and the low hole on the seat sub-frame.  This adjusts rake and/or height (with blocks).  Use the foremost hole on the seat frame bracket for the door side (ie the side where the sub-frame holes are further forward) and the rearmost hole on the seat frame bracket on the tunnel side.  This means that the seat sits square on the sub-frame.  The fact that the pivot point is slightly angled, means that when the seat is tipped forward, the top moves inwards and does not hit the A post/windscreen surround.

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