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Old 12-30-2010, 04:16 PM   #1
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New Seats.

I was after some new seats for the van since I've never liked the lapbelts on the rear ford seats, and the 3 point Ford seatbelt are such a pain. In my searching I came across some full recliner seats from a Toyota minivan, new take-offs from a 2011 Toyota Siena, that looked so cool I just had to give it a shot of trying to fit them. I really liked that they have 3.5ft of travel on the runners, have built-in 3 point seatbelts, foot rests, and can be removed by just pulling 1 handle that releases all the catches. They are 2nd row seats and since I wanted matching seats and I couldn't find the matching fronts, I decided to buy 4, and I'll gut them for the front. I have yet to do the fronts, but here is the rear install. --edit-- front is on the next page of this thread.



As for the install, it was a real pain. I had to cut and re-weld each seat track and make up brackets for the top and underside of the van. each bracket was slightly different due to the corrugated floor and me wanting to get the seats as far back and apart as possible. I had to mount them 1/4" higher than I wanted to get as much room inbetween them as possible, an extra 1.5".. That created a lot more work than it was worth. I really need to put some more underlay under the carpet, or make some filler strips. Also all the plastic caps and covers (and a few missing parts) you see on the rails will be replaced once I get down to the Toyota dealer and order it.
Here are the build/install pics.

Brackets I made for the underside, the holes are taped, and the bolts you see in the mounted picture are just there as extra security. 4 sets of these were made in various shapes and sizes.


Front of track, with my brackets welded.


Rear of track


All tracks mounted up


Brackets from the underside.



Carpet cut and backdown. Not the best fit, but I'll clean this up later.


Seats in.


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Old 12-30-2010, 05:19 PM   #2
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Re: New Seats.

Very nice!
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:53 PM   #3
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Re: New Seats.

Those are major cool looking. Is it just me or do they remind anyone else of robots?
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Re: New Seats.

Alright, HAL! Quit ogling the robot looking seats.
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:24 PM   #5
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Re: New Seats.

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Those are major cool looking. Is it just me or do they remind anyone else of robots?
Now you mention it, I'll never look at them the same again
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Re: New Seats.

great work.. looks very nice.
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Alright, HAL! Quit ogling the robot looking seats.
HAL, Is that a black monolith in your pocket or are you just happy to see my robot seats?
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Re: New Seats.

Wow! Hmmmmmmmm, maybe I could put one on a swivel in place of the current passenger seat?



Swivel and recline!


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SWEEET!
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Old 01-01-2011, 02:08 PM   #10
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Re: New Seats.

Really like those. I used a stock bench so that it would be easy to remove but if those pull easy and adjust....

Did you find them at a Van converter? Do they have more?

Oh-yeah love the Bedliner floor. That is on my list for next summer.

Here are non-reclining fronts to match cheap.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Toyota-S ... ccessories
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