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Replacement Seat Recommendations

Discussion in 'Modified Alpine' started by Count Vitriol, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. Count Vitriol

    Count Vitriol Silver Level Sponsor

    Hello all,

    One of the (many) tasks I need to perform in order to get my '66 Alpine on the road is to get a functioning set of seats installed. My originals are pretty beat up, and I find them to be real back-breakers - so I'm looking to replace rather than restore them. I've heard some people have had luck with Datsun 240 seats, but I'm curious as to what other options are. I've previously fit some Miata seats into my TR6, so I'm wondering how well a set would fit into the Alpine. Anyone have some recommendations?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. Bill Blue

    Bill Blue Diamond Level Sponsor

    We installed 2007 Miata seats. Not the easiest installation and require some rather minor modification if you want maximum seat adjustment range. But they are comfy seats and being tower seats, support the seatbelt shoulder strap. I've heard the first gen Miata seats are a much simpler installation.

  3. Count Vitriol

    Count Vitriol Silver Level Sponsor

    The seats in the TR6 are from a first generation Miata, so at least I'm in familiar territory. I also know that the later generations of seats won't fit in the Triumph, so if you managed to cram them into your Alpine I've got a bit more room to work with than I did with the previous installation. Any other suggestions?


  4. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Gold Level Sponsor

    Just a work of caution, if your seats are original, I will tell you that rebuilding them will be far cheaper & quicker than try to engineer something else. Hey they are 53 years old, they would hurt my back as well.
  5. Bill Blue

    Bill Blue Diamond Level Sponsor

    I disagree. Depends on what "something else" is. Used Miata seats, no way.

  6. Toyanvil

    Toyanvil Gold Level Sponsor

  7. puff4

    puff4 Gold Level Sponsor

    Actually, a couple of years ago I fully rebuilt my original SV seats and they are now *very* comfortable. I used kits from Martha Wheat that I purchased about 18 years ago (when I suspected she might retire), as well as new diaphragms and Dunlopillo foams.

    I also added Dorman #628-040 heated panels which fit into the Sunbeam seat foams like they were made for them. I hid the switches under the edge of the dash so they don't detract from the car's original look. The heated seats have extended my top-down motoring by almost a month on both ends of the season.

    Little known fact, but these later Alpine seats were actually made by an aircraft seat maker, Microcell, and were far more comfortable than nearly all of the other car seats of the time. Unlike all the cars in its class (and more), the Alpine seats were 3-way adjustable, and if you include the adjustable steering wheel and the adjustable pedal heights, the car was probably the most advanced car of its age in terms of interior comfort. Shame to spoil it!

    I'd encourage you to rebuild the originals first. If then you still you don't like them I'm sure you could sell them for nearly what it cost to rebuild them.

    Before and after...

    (Photos removed - they were kinda big and cause the page to load slower or not at all. See my photo post further down the thread.)
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2019
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  8. pruyter

    pruyter Donation Time

    Another option is installing the seats of a Triumph TR 6, something my brother did with his series IV Alpine. It does not require any special engineering and the seats are indeed more comfortable than the original Alpine seats.


  9. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    Kevin, I can't seem to get your PIC attachments to display.... ? What if anything am I doing or not doing wrong?

    By the way I like very much the stock Alpine seat design. At a tad over 6'2" I have no trouble being comfortable while travelling in my Blue Boy.

    I am however installing a set on high back Miata's in my '65 SIV GT BW35 that is getting the A4LD tranny, probably because the original seats were missing from the "Junk Heap" long before I became the proud owner.
  10. puff4

    puff4 Gold Level Sponsor

    Hmm. Odd. They appear on my screen. Anyone else not seeing them?

    They were linked from tinypic, but here are the same photos linked from Google Photos.



    Last edited: Aug 12, 2019
  11. husky drvr

    husky drvr Gold Level Sponsor

    Hi Kevin,

    Your seats do look good.

    Just for the info - last evening I had no trouble seeing all three of your first pics - today I had to refresh the page several times to get all three to show at the same time - your last post's links only show as [​IMG] (image not shown place holder) - not sure why

    Have fun,
  12. puff4

    puff4 Gold Level Sponsor

    Hmm. Maybe 'cause they're kinda big. I'll delete them from the original posting so the page loads faster.
  13. Bill Blue

    Bill Blue Diamond Level Sponsor

    I could see then, now nothing.
  14. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time

    Depends how bad they are...but when rebuilt properly they do last, are very comfortable and .. Look good :) .. Also wide range of adjustment.

    I have had cobra classic bucket seats in my alpine since 1997, look good hold you tight, but not as good and durable as the stock microcell seats used in s3-V and tiger
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  15. tigereater

    tigereater Silver Level Sponsor

    While only temporary and not a rebuild, I recently recovered our old seats to practice upholstering for when we do rebuild ours. The original materials are still underneath and will all be replaced. They're more a combo redo/seat cover type of thing. The fabrics were discount upholstery fabric and vinyl we picked up at Joann's Fabric. It's been a good learning process.
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  16. britbeam

    britbeam Gold Level Sponsor

    Im using seats frpom a Geo Storm..They have wings on both width of bottom an top
  17. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    Maybe I can see them at the Norcross meet Sept 7, 2019 :)
  18. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    Got to see Dwain's GEO Seats. Very nice and look to be better suited for the Series II Alpine than the originals.
  19. Alpine 1789

    Alpine 1789 SAOCA President Platinum Level Sponsor

    Any pictures?

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