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Old 09-14-2019, 08:16 PM   #1
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Default Phaeton Front Seat Removal

I have to re-upholster the front seat in my phaeton. Are there any tricks to remove the existing seat?

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Old 09-15-2019, 01:25 AM   #2
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The cushion just lifts out. The squab requires a little umpicking around the back for removal.
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I should have specified that it is the backrest that needs to be removed.
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I should have specified that it is the backrest that needs to be removed.
The backrest spring rests on a set of clips. You will probably need to remove the Hidem and tacks from the wooden seat tackrail, then lift the entire backrest upward.
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To provide more wriggle room up front?
Every person that drives a 28 or 29 Tourer knows the difficulty in climbing in and out of the front seat. Since the seating is in question please let me ask another relative question starting with an explanation. I have modified my ute by replacing the inner spring seat back with a foam biscuit about 2 inches thick and then pushing the squab under and back. Not perfect but much improved. My Tourer, I had an upholsterer remove the rear set of squab springs and stitch up the cover.A little better but still ordinary. Of course with both I modified the wooden squab mount to allow more room to fit my feet through. Both the Ute and Tourer have different panels at the rear of the front seat; the ute being square and the Tourer being rounded at the ends. I am wanting to remove the Tourer seat back, the inner spring support and replace likewise with a 2 inch foam back but it is not as easy as the Ute because the Tourer does not have a square seat back.
For Tourer read Phaeton and Ute read Pickup.
Is there any suggestions from readers?
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To provide more wriggle room up front?
Every person that drives a 28 or 29 Tourer knows the difficulty in climbing in and out of the front seat. Since the seating is in question please let me ask another relative question starting with an explanation. I have modified my ute by replacing the inner spring seat back with a foam biscuit about 2 inches thick and then pushing the squab under and back. Not perfect but much improved. My Tourer, I had an upholsterer remove the rear set of squab springs and stitch up the cover.A little better but still ordinary. Of course with both I modified the wooden squab mount to allow more room to fit my feet through. Both the Ute and Tourer have different panels at the rear of the front seat; the ute being square and the Tourer being rounded at the ends. I am wanting to remove the Tourer seat back, the inner spring support and replace likewise with a 2 inch foam back but it is not as easy as the Ute because the Tourer does not have a square seat back.
For Tourer read Phaeton and Ute read Pickup.
Is there any suggestions from readers?

While I have no experience with an export body, I have relocated the rear seat panel rearward on a US version with great success. I have been working on a project of manufacturing smaller diameter steering wheels for Model-As that still look reasonably correct. A smaller steering wheel design would make easier to slide through. Even with the seatback moved rearward, the process of sliding in/out is still difficult with the full-sized wheel.
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While I have no experience with an export body, I have relocated the rear seat panel rearward on a US version with great success. I have been working on a project of manufacturing smaller diameter steering wheels for Model-As that still look reasonably correct. A smaller steering wheel design would make easier to slide through. Even with the seatback moved rearward, the process of sliding in/out is still difficult with the full-sized wheel.
entry and exit by sliding beneath the steering wheel is difficult and I haven't thought much about that aspect. I am about to replace my 7 tooth steering box with a 2 tooth or '35 steering box. I had intended to change support of the column from the fuel tank to the body with a simple bracket one can purchase. I had not considered the difficulty of the changed entry/exit space but will have a look at that now it has been bought to my attention. Yes, if I am to proceed, a smaller steering wheel may be in order. thankyou, gary
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