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    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    As most of you know, a couple years ago, I began to enter my TDr in competition events (Hillclimbs and Time Trials). It quickly became obvious that the seats were inadequate to hold my fat ass in place. I had planned to install a racing seat over this winter but was unable to locate one narrow enough to fit without extensive cutting to the tunnel. I decided to work with what I had and construct something to hold me in place, yet be able to be removed.

    Sitting in the car, I cut a template from heavy cardboard.

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    My contacts at a local scrap yard, using a plasma cutter, cut a piece of steel using my template.

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    They also provided some pieces of flat steel I could use for brackets.

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    I bolted the brackets to the rear wall behind the seat bases. Behind that wall is a steel crossmember that it is bolted to. I welded the flat brackets to the plate and removed those two bolts.

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    I found I had some leftover padded upholstery which I used to cover one side.

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    I found some carpet which is attached to plywood and attached to the other side sandwiching the steel plate.

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    This support does not move and is not uncomfortable. With the recent warm weather I took it on some twisty local roads and I think it will work out just fine. I still need to find something to “cap” it, but it is livable the way it is. I have a total of $20 invested and that was to the boys at the scrap yard. Its not as pretty as an $800+ racing seat but it functions the same.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #303077

    pmossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Nice work Bill!

    Pretty much what the Nascar boys did in the ’60s! Worked for them. Should work for you!

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to http://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #303078

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Perfectly nice!

    #303080

    scubasteve
    Participant

    @scubasteve

    Nice outsidethebox thinking. 💡 What ever works! Almost every safety device on our modern cars; seat belts, rear view mirrors, windshield wipers,  the list goes on and on, originated from meeting a racing need. Keep the mental gears turning!

    Amor Conquista Todo

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    rabien73
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    @rabien73

    Looks good. Simple modification but made a huge difference.

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