Disabled car seats?

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Disabled car seats?

Postby Steve_PFJ » Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:21 pm

Hello,

Was wondering if anyone here might be able to enlighten me :D

Through another thread on this forum I've realised that my seats are not standard and that the car may have been fitted out by the government as a disabled car.

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Is this such a seat? And what's the story behind such cars? How come the government was buying them and altering them?

Cheers,

Steve
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Postby DAVIDMCCULLOUGH » Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:08 am

Yes that looks like the right type of seat. Usually the car will also have plain door trims , one sun visor and no overriders fitted. Sorry cant tell you much more on the subject!


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Postby rayofleamington » Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:20 pm

That is not a standard seat - you guessed right, it's one of the special issue versions.

Well before the days of the 'plastic-pig' (not the reliant one - the government commisioned 3 wheel disabled car), the government sought to give equal mobility to disabled people.
There were many thousands of Minors brought into service receiving modifications for disabled drivers prior to first registration. This info is usually shown if you get a FBHVC production trace certificate, although their records are not 100% complete.

These modifications varied over the years, and included modified seats, assisted clutch control, modified instrumentation (moved or adapted switches) etc... And also varied depending on needs.

Morris took the opportunity on the government disabled cars to use up old or cheaper stocks of part. On the very early Minor 1000 they used up the stock of bonnets and bootlids from the series 2 minors (different badges etc..) and also fitted the SII interior including the SII seats on sliders. On the later Minor 1000's they used plain interior panels (without the trim lines melted into the vinyl). Over-riders were an optional-extra until later on in production, and therefore never got fitted to the special issue Minors.

One very obvious sign of your car's special history is the folding seat on sliders. I'd guess this car dates from the mid 60's or later. They used an adapted version of the standard seat with folding back (similar to van passenger seat) and mounted it on a pair of sliders that sit on wooden wedges to make a level platform. I think the seats on sliders was to allow easier acces and accomodation of people with leg problems.
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Postby Steve_PFJ » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:33 pm

Excellent, Thanks for the info guys.

My car does have plain door cards, I had just thought that was someones later DIY job. (Is the fact that the rear quarters (3 door) have no arm rests probably original to then?)

It also has no Over-riders. I haven't noticed any other differences but am gonna have to have a closer look now :D

We shall see...

Thanks again,

Steve
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Postby RussLCV » Mon May 05, 2008 8:42 pm

Steve PFJ

Are you by any chance going to teh National? Or may be you can send me some images of the car and the feature you mention

Thanks

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Postby Steve_PFJ » Mon May 05, 2008 11:32 pm

You have an Email :D
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Postby RussLCV » Tue May 06, 2008 7:22 pm

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