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'73 1200 Coupe Project, aka Timmy


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#1641 datsunfreak

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Posted 26 January 2018 - 02:29 PM

Good point. How do you mount those in a 1200 though? Looks like the tech info says to bolt through the floor and you would have to probably cut out all the factory risers

 

Mine was bolted to the factory slider. But to the floor would be a lot lower. 

 

Were it mine, floor. But I'm 6' 3" so the utes aren't really built for me...   ^_^


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Posted 26 January 2018 - 02:30 PM

That rear seat looks a damn sight better than the last time I saw it.

 

They were very thankful to have the old cover to use as a pattern, though.   :thumbup:


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Posted 27 January 2018 - 11:54 AM

So I attempted to first make the stripe on the rear door panels shiny again with some of this super thin aluminum tape...

 

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It looked terrible.  :rofl:

 

So I peeled that off and decide paint was the way to go...

 

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While not perfect, that worked a lot better...

 

 

Got both sides done and reinstalled, so I decided to go ahead and throw the seat in there to see how it looks...

 

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I wanted to see how much "leg room" there was with the front seat installed in my preferred position...

 

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And it ain't much...   :rofl:

 

i never had any intention of anyone sitting in the back seat anyway, but there can be no doubt now. It's more of a parcel shelf than a seat...   :thumbup:


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Posted 27 January 2018 - 12:56 PM

I sat in my coupe backseat once and pulled both seats back to see how much legroom there was.....so little room that in fact I had to call my nephew to come rescue me from the backseat because I couldn't reach the seat sliders on my aftermarket seats.

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 06:46 AM

I sat in my coupe backseat once and pulled both seats back to see how much legroom there was.....so little room that in fact I had to call my nephew to come rescue me from the backseat because I couldn't reach the seat sliders on my aftermarket seats.

I can see the Bring a Trailer ad now:

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That color is called Statutory Grape

 

 


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Posted 31 January 2018 - 01:44 PM

Looks to be plenty of room for Lt. Dan. 



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Posted 03 February 2018 - 03:30 PM

Although you probably can't tell, this is about 1" lower and about 1" father back...

 

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I ended up trimming the front brackets so they would sit lower, then mounted them to the back side of the seat rail. Still really solid, but lower and father back. 

 

Because of that, I got some 1" box and remade my rear spacer...

 

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Then put that in for a test sit...

 

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I think this is the final spot. It's low enough, and far enough back, to be comfortable. I have about 2" between my head and the headliner, so I think we're good...   :thumbup:

 

 

While I was sitting there, I decided to see how the 6pt harness fit, and immediately noticed a problem with it. Since the old seat had a hole in the middle for the sub strap to go up through, and this seat does not, it is now too low. The camlock hits me right in the testicles. Which is waaaay too low. So I stretched it out and marked where it sat...

 

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They were bolted down with the stock seat belt bolts, but since they were adjusted all the way out already, I had to change that. I unbolted them and put some fresh holes in the floor under the seat, then adjusted them up to get the camlock about 4" higher...

 

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That should be much better, but there's now a lot of adjustment leftover if it needs to go higher...

 

After that I cleaned up and repainted the seat rail since I scratched the hell out of it doing all this mockup.

 

Next week I will be dyeing the seat and reinstalling it (hopefully) for the last time...   :thumbup:


It's your car, just don't ruin it.

 

It's also not my money, so i'll suggest the most expensive option. 

 

 


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 05:43 PM

Weather was too damn cold to dye the seats so I got on to some other things that needed doing...

 

Was head scratching on how to get speaker wires from the front to the back since the PO had already installed new carpet but had glued it down. I found a spot where he had spliced two pieces together on the side of the transmission tunnel, so I pulled that up, hid the wires under it and glued it back down.  :thumbup:

 

We looked at a few different options for mounting the rear speakers but none of them seemed ideal, so for now I have taken what Tim calls the "ghetto" approach and just did this...

 

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I think the right side will stay still due to the harness holding it in place, but the left side would be free to move around. After looking at way to fix that I came up with two options. Either a tether from the back of the box to the floor behind the seat, or attaching it to the other speaker box to limit movement. 

 

I found this in the parts bin...

 

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So thinking I will use that (probably also doubled up with a piece of steel) as a bar between the boxes to keep them from moving about the seat...


It's your car, just don't ruin it.

 

It's also not my money, so i'll suggest the most expensive option. 

 

 


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 06:14 PM

What are you using to dye the seats?


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 06:23 PM

What are you using to dye the seats?

 

SEM color coat in Shadow Blue. Also used it on door panels as well. It's a super close match to the stock blue used in 1200s. 

 

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It's your car, just don't ruin it.

 

It's also not my money, so i'll suggest the most expensive option. 

 

 


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 01:55 PM

Got the seat all scrubbed up and ready, then set it out in the sun to heat up a little...

 

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And the after shot...

 

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Started to put the side trim back on and noticed the clip that holds the front on was broken. Used Tim's trusty soldering iron to "weld" it back together. Since they are made of nylon, it's easy to weld it back together. And as a side note, some aerosol paint can lids are made of nylon too. I cut one of those up to use as "welding rod". It's hideous, but strong, and no one will ever see it in the car...

 

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It was a bit dingy so it and the adjuster handle cover were repainted before install...

 

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Also cleaned and repainted the harness holders, screwed those in, then bolted it into the car... 

 

Hopefully for the last time...   ^_^

 

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Now to see how to make the passenger side fit. It has slightly different mounting brackets, so hopefully some of this translates to that...


It's your car, just don't ruin it.

 

It's also not my money, so i'll suggest the most expensive option.