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04-12-2010, 11:53 AM
Hey Guys, I'm a new member living in Longmont.
I have a 72 Red FJ40. It has the original F engine with 140K miles. Runs great but the interior is shot and body is in fairly good condition with the usual rust spots. I've had it for 4 yrs and drove it only on private property as it has no title. Finally decided to put a little work into it and will work on the interior first and body/exterior sometime down the road. Once I get the interior done, I'll try to get it titled.
Anyways, I want to convert the completely rotted out bench seats to buckets. I have a pair of old Taco buckets I want to put in but I am clueless on where to start and am not a welder/metal fabricator.
Does anyone sell a kind of universal mounting kit for the conversion?
Any tips would be great.
Also, I have the hard top, sides and hard doors for sell if anyone is interested.
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04-12-2010, 01:49 PM
Welcome to the club Pete :D
I'm sure there are many options but here is one if you're looking for a new mounting base that might work with many different seats:
Pricey option, but it is what is in my 40 and what I know :hill:
04-12-2010, 02:54 PM
First of all welcome to the Club.
I have a '72 FJ-40 as well, it has buckets in it. What the prior owner did was took the seats and rails from a late model 40 and welded that to a set-up over the gas tank. It looks close to the product that Jeff mentioned. I can snap some pics of it if you are interested. It is a rather simple design and someone with a welder could do it up in no time. The only problem with mine is that there is not a lot of room for my long legs.
04-13-2010, 11:17 AM
Thnaks for the welcome and the responses. T
Corsair, that BTB kit looks great but too spendy for my budget.
Dr. Schleg, I would very much like to see a picture of what yours looks like when you have time. I've kind of figured by looking at it that modifying the current set-up will probably end up being sub-optimal as far as the seat position flexibility goes, but the price would probably be about right.
Thanks again, guys.
04-13-2010, 11:38 AM
I took the bench seat out of my 1972 FJ40 and put in buckets from a
late 1990s Honda Civic. I was able to get the new buckets to bolt
up to the frame that supported the old bench seat - no welding
necessary. I did have to do some judicious drilling and cutting.
04-13-2010, 02:39 PM
Thanks, Phrog. I figured out the gas tank side. Do you have a pic or description of what you did to the driver side to raise the level. I'm thinking of just having some square or round section standoffs or some type of gusset welded to the current bracket which sits on top of the toolbox, and then having some crossbars welded on top of those at the same height and spacing as those on the gas tank side. On both sides, I'd add some c-channel to bolt the tracks to and then attach those to the existing and new frame.
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04-13-2010, 08:59 PM
There was less than one inch of lift needed between the top of the existing (old)seat bracket and the bottom of the new seat bracket. I cut small squares of old carpet, drilled holes in the middle, and stacked them up. Sounds bush-league, I know, but it worked very well. They provide additional cushioning/seat suspension as well. I used hardened steel bolts to join the old and new brackets.
04-13-2010, 09:13 PM
Welcome, Think about how well the seatbelts are mounted also. Mock it up so you like the range on motion of the seat and the height is correct. Do it right once, less expensive in the long run.
04-14-2010, 02:08 PM
Thanks for all of the comments guys.
Phrog, maybe my seat is thinner than yours but I need about 3" of lift to get to the height of the passenger side bracket or I could have probably gone your route.
FamHam, noted comments about the belts. I just have the tub mounted lap belts for now. Which probably will not be long enough to fit the new seat config. I was considering upgrading anyway at some point.
I'll take some pics when I get it done and post them here.
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