Failing seat cushions

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Failing seat cushions

Postby Nickol » Mon May 18, 2020 8:47 pm

When my 69 Traveller was new i.e in its dilapidated second hand "repaired" state, one of the first things I resolved to do was to renew the seats. I brought new covers, the set cushions and the rubber seat base which is held in place on the seat frame by metal hooks. This replaces the original webbing.
In practice I have renewed the rubber seat base twice in 3 years as the hooks just tear the rubber out. At the moment I have reinforced the rubber seat with the original webbing ( good job it did not get thrown away) but that is starting to fail under teh load of my fragile body.
Before someone suggests I should lose weight, I weigh a mere 80kg for my 183.

Has anyone done anything clever to the seats to make them last longar???
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Re: Failing seat cushions

Postby Tea » Tue May 19, 2020 9:00 am

Where did you get your new seat parts from? We replaced our seat webbing straps, squab padding and covers about 5 years ago from ESM and they’re still looking almost as good as new. We’ve only done a couple thousand miles per year though...

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Re: Failing seat cushions

Postby Nickol » Tue May 19, 2020 12:31 pm

Yes also from ESM . or perhaps the first time from Newton when I comepletly redid the seats. Same produkt though. It is obviously the standard so perhaps I have installed it wrongly. :(
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Re: Failing seat cushions

Postby ianmack » Tue May 19, 2020 2:45 pm

If you’ve tried new rubber and used webbing I would suggest a set of new webbing. I have had good durability from this in the past. I’ve also heard of people using lengths of old seat belt, it’s not very springy but lasts forever.

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Re: Failing seat cushions

Postby Sleeper » Tue May 19, 2020 2:58 pm

It just so happens that I've got my seats apart at the moment , am going to raise the driving position , but why not try these , I'm sure they'll support you..... matal bases..
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Re: Failing seat cushions

Postby Tea » Tue May 19, 2020 5:46 pm

Aren’t the metal seat bases from an early series ll? I recovered seats some years ago that had those bases and I have a feeling it was either a ‘54 pick up or ‘54 2-door saloon. If so, would the later seat covers fit?

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Re: Failing seat cushions

Postby Nickol » Tue May 19, 2020 6:50 pm

That seems to me a good solution, I will have a think about welding some steel straps across.
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Re: Failing seat cushions

Postby King Kenny » Tue May 19, 2020 8:38 pm

Go carefully. I thought I would be clever and use a ply wood base. It was a comfortable ride but it raised the seat far too high. I relinquished and fitted the rubber base from ESM. All is fine now.
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Re: Failing seat cushions

Postby MattsGPOvan » Tue May 19, 2020 8:52 pm

Stamps are a cool find... l found a early 1/2 pence in my van.

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Re: Failing seat cushions

Postby mowogg » Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:07 pm

I always make my own straps. I use the metal bits from the old ones and standard seat webbing. It take a couple of hours per seat but I have never had any problems afterwards. The rubber straps sold are too soft to my mind.

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Re: Failing seat cushions

Postby jagnut66 » Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:37 pm

It just so happens that I've got my seats apart at the moment , am going to raise the driving position , but why not try these , I'm sure they'll support you..... matal bases..
Series 2 front seats with metal bases are the most comfortable Morris Minor front seats, in my opinion.
The later straps etc. seem a step backwards and, as you have found, don't stand the test of time.
As stated above, be careful welding things in place, it'll be much harder to alter afterwards.
Why not source a pair of series 2 seats to solve the problem. They will just fit straight in.
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Re: Failing seat cushions

Postby myoldjalopy » Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:24 pm

I agree the SII seats are very comfy, good for the back. But they won't look right in a 69 traveller and the OP has previously bought new covers etc which won't fit the SII seats anyway. The solution offered by 'mowogg' seems a most satisfactory one.


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