June 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm #234193newkitmanParticipant
Taking a break from gas tank work to get ready to take my Silverado in for its 1st maintenance check (oil change and tire rotation). I was thinking about a video I saw on the news last night. It had a small car that got rear-ended. The driver of the small car did not have headrests and ended up with a serious neck injury. That got me thinking about our TDs whose owners have tried to keep as original looking as possible. Does anyone know of a way or have added a head rest to their TDs? I think its something we should consider.Thanks
VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
"If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The ShackJune 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm #250906RoyalParticipant
Allen, I really don’t like headrests but I don’t like neck injuries either. I have seen headrests that use flat aluminum or chromed stock as the vertical “posts). Don’t remember which car it was. These would be easy to mount on MiGi since the seat back is a solid sheet of plywood.June 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm #250907MarkParticipant
You’ll need a high back seat for this add on, but it looks like it could be beneficial.
http://www.addonheadrest.com/order.htmlJune 23, 2012 at 8:20 pm #250908MarkParticipant
Here are some seats that would need rails. Both are offered by this vendor.
http://www.prpseats.com/Products/17-the-roadster.aspxJune 23, 2012 at 9:30 pm #250909edward ericsonParticipant
I really don’t think adding a headrest to the kinds of seats we have is going to make any difference if an SUV runs our car over.
We sit on a fiberglass bucket with a plywood base attached with a bit of piano hinge and little screws. The seat is bolted to the floor with four half-inch screws. All of this will break in a hard impact from any direction. So our body is not going to be held fast by the seat belt–assuming the seat belt anchors both hold.
The backs of our seats are half-inch plywood bolted loosely (two lower bolts, in my case) to the fiberglass tub. I also have two original-style seat back adjusters up top–which are stronger than the tiny L-brackets and wood screws they replaced. So the seat back, too, would likely go mobil in the event of a serious hit.
Attaching a “headrest” to any kind of MG TD-style seat would be awkward at best, of not impossible, and it would do no good in a crash.
The only way to make these kinds of cars at all crash-safe is to install a full roll cage to SCCA specs. To that reinforced frame you could install modern racing seats, five-point harnesses, and even a HANS device if you wanted. And that might save you from whiplash when the 17-year-old kid who’s texting in the Denali rolls up behind you at 45 mph when you’re stopped at a light.
Sorry. That’s just how it is.June 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm #250910greg pressParticipant
When i was 17 i had a 1961 ford falcon some friends and i worked on it all the time tinted windows, racing stripes, head rests etc.Today i was thinking what the TD would look like with head rests and decided it would look cool isn’t that what were after looking cooooool? The kind i had were cylindicalabout 12 to 15 inches long with ends 4 inches in diameter.Today i hunted computer stores looking for a store that carries them no luck .I believe l bought them at a discount dept. store like wallmart If any buddy can help find them let me know.Anyway the nice thing about these they could be removed with two chrome thumb screws and easily stored. They came in many colors.Maybe we all could get them and some day it would be part of original equipment or an option.June 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm #250911Dan RosaParticipant
Gee Greg,,,,, I think that type of head rest, has not been sold in many years, since head rests became standard I think 1968 model year … I had red ones in my 63 Falcon god I thought i was COOL Allen as far as a headrest for safty in this type of car …. ED is on the mark for safty I’ll ride a bike first !!!!!! DanJune 23, 2012 at 10:13 pm #250912newkitmanParticipant
Thanks for all the thoughts. Headrests would be awkward at best to install and like Ed mentioned they wouldn’t help a whole lot.
VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
"If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The ShackJune 24, 2012 at 8:20 am #250913billnpartsParticipant
Headrests on this type of vehicle is pointless.
As Ed pointed out, these cars are a deathtrap.
The best thing you can do is make your insurance payments.
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"Drive Happy"June 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm #250914edward ericsonParticipant
If it’s just for cool looks, I say go for it. Some people like them for comfort while driving too. Certainly any recent automotive seating technology should improve comfort quite a bit, and that could be worth doing.
The Laffers came with buckets with headrests standard, I think. And the way to get it done most efficiently would be to go to a bone yard and find some narrow bucket seats, bring them home and find a way to attach them to the pan. My local boneyard sells seats for $30 apiece. Lots of older (i.e., late ’90s) base Japanese cars could work. Spray dye ’em to match your interior and revel in your cleverness.
Do drive very carefully though. Anything happens and we’ll basically slide off like cheddar from a nacho chip.June 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm #250915Steve CritesParticipant
We are the air bags for these cars! Headrests would work about as well as on motorcycles IMO
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