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Mgtf seats project

Postby The vast minority » Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:49 am

Decided to have a go at fitting MGTF seats in the car.
I had these done for a TF I used to tour Europe in a few years ago but they were not finished in time so haven't been used.
Dunno if they will fit but I expect I'll get them in with a bit of work and I seek to retain the back and forth adjustment for passenger access in the 4 door.

Shame I sold my welder, will try and do without and make bolt together frames if possible.

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Re: Mgtf seats project

Postby Custard » Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:53 am

"Shame I sold my welder"

You only sell toys when you are going to buy bigger ones :D

Because the Minor is a relatively small tunnel it is amazing what seat will fit in with a bit of work.

Interesting to see what you come up with, there will be a lot interested in a non welded solution.

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Re: Mgtf seats project

Postby The vast minority » Sat Sep 12, 2015 1:07 pm

First step is to sort out the height of supporting blocks out to get the design moving,
150mm at the front allows for a comfy position similar to the raised minor seat on the left which is jacked up at the back by 45mm to give a nice seating position.
I've got the basics of the idea in my head for the non weld MGF bolt in seat adaptor, just got to refine it and get accurate dimensions before I make it .

i don't miss the welder, Sean, Ive never got the time for that sort of thing.

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Re: Mgtf seats project

Postby minormadman » Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:58 pm

I still have my SIP 150 and full gas bottle if needed Al.
I shall watch this thread intently :D
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Re: Mgtf seats project

Postby The vast minority » Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:02 am

I've had so many rethinks on this, ultimately things stopped as I acquired a full duo tone interior and was going to install that. However, it's in need of serious refurbishment so my plan is to go back to this plan and fit the MGFTF seats.

I have been considering buying another welder but would still like to come up with a no-weld solution here. Thanks for the kind offer Cliff, was that an expensive machine? Ive been looking at various as will need sooner or later.

Seats in Kermit are next on the agenda after the engine is sorted in Maude and the wings replaced.

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Re: Mgtf seats project

Postby The vast minority » Sun May 08, 2016 7:38 am

After much mucking about and changes of plan I'm going the welding route with own design bespoke subframes to suit MGF And TF seats.

All measurements taken and steel ordered from an online supplier that cuts it to size, got the steel for 36 quid cut and delivered to include box and angle sections to my design.

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Re: Mgtf seats project

Postby The vast minority » Tue May 10, 2016 5:13 pm

438 miles today as well as client visits and a stop at a horse ranch in lovely south Lanarkshire :) so I won't be doing any welding tonight but the delivery man left me a nice surprise for my return.

I've not measured it all but I'm sure it's spot on, by this weekend this lot will be 2 x seat subframes for the above seats. No point in sawing it up oneself if these folks will do it for one.

Got welding magnets, overalls and gloves in transit too somewhere.

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Re: Mgtf seats project

Postby The vast minority » Thu May 12, 2016 7:14 am

Work now well underway,
Calculating it, It's gotta be 18 years since I welded last :?

New welder works a treat, had it singing from the off and in a "flash" the front part of the new subframe is fabricated and installed. I'll do the rear part tonight. This is the left hand base installed in the right hand side, it's universally the same for mounting and fabrication purposes.

Ive designed it so the seats can be bolted to the top tubes and makes use of existing minor seat mounting holes and doublers. Ignore the inverted cavity wall fixing at the back, it's just there to provide a temporary fixing for the rear part of my new subframe as it had a thread the correct length. 10.9 grade bolts with washers and nylocks will feature in the completed project. In these pics there is no support at the back, just the bolts into the existing seat mountings up front.

I'll be able to make these subframes for interested parties in the future for simple bolt in fitting at home because the seat rails to subframe interface is bolted. All that is needed on the seats themselves is the drilling out of rivets on the base rails and grinding off of one weld.

The frames will be painted black for aesthetics when I'm done.

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Re: Mgtf seats project

Postby The vast minority » Sat May 14, 2016 12:56 pm

Et voila
Driver seat 100% done, I'd forgotten how enjoyable welding is.
very sturdy and comfortable and a dramatically improved driving position.
Also, a perfect match for the rest of the red interior :|

I'll make the passenger frame and fit it next weekend then remove both to paint the frames if I can be bothered.
Finishing touch will be closing plugs for the tube ends

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Re: Mgtf seats project

Postby qwertyhenry » Sat May 14, 2016 1:45 pm

nice work alan no more sore back now :shock:
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Re: Mgtf seats project

Postby Panky » Sat May 14, 2016 3:15 pm

That looks great, nice job 8)
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Re: Mgtf seats project

Postby The vast minority » Sat May 14, 2016 4:31 pm

Thanks chaps
Just been to do the supermarket shopping, took Maude to test the ride in the new seat. Crikey, it's like driving a modern :D

Seriously jealous looks from the lovely lady in the passenger seat sitting way down there on the floor :lol: . I promised her the next trip she takes in this car will feature her own, matching MG seat.

Now then, the plan is to transfer these posh seats to Kermit and I've started looking for red leather MGF seats to put in Maude. All the design work is done now so I'll order more steel and belt the next set of frames out in an evening.

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Re: Mgtf seats project

Postby ruairidh » Sat May 14, 2016 7:45 pm

Nice bit of fettling laddie. Like them well proper. :D
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Re: Mgtf seats project

Postby The vast minority » Sun May 15, 2016 8:36 am

My insomnia got the better of me, I suppose sleeping a max of 5 hours a day has advantages :D

All welded up and installed before breakfast, lovely day for a drive as well ;)

Right, time for a cup of tea

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Re: Mgtf seats project

Postby Panky » Sun May 15, 2016 10:39 am

Superb 8) I wonder if they come in dark blue :idea:
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