3.8 OTS Seats - Now Sold

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#1 3.8 OTS Seats - Now Sold

Post by Philk » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:36 pm

I've managed to source some original 3.8 OTS seats for my 1964 S1 which I shall shortly have restored. A couple of quick questions:

- Were all seat frames grey throughout 3.8 production? Mine are black (with very old paint). The seats have had some previous leather repairs so I know they have been worked on but am not sure if this would have extended to the frames. I want to ensure (when the seats are restored) that they go back to the specification in force at that time hence wanting to get the colour right.

- There are three small screws which protrude through the base (see photos below). Does anyone know what these are for?

Many thanks!

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#2 Re: 3.8 OTS Seats

Post by Gfhug » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:27 pm

Phil, can't help you with your questions, but have you read through the various comments made about early seats? Leg room, head room etc.
Just to say you might wish to check on all that before your expense of refurbishment.

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#3 Re: 3.8 OTS Seats

Post by Philk » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:48 pm

Gfhug wrote:Phil, can't help you with your questions, but have you read through the various comments made about early seats? Leg room, head room etc.
Just to say you might wish to check on all that before your expense of refurbishment.

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Fortunately, at 5'8 these are not so much of an issue for me. My car currently has S1.5 seats in which also need refurbishing (the back's are torn from occasional contact with the different hood frame the 3.8 has). As such, I've decided to go with originality and to take the car back to specification rather than pay to restore something that should not be in the car.
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#4 Re: 3.8 OTS Seats

Post by Duckham » Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:07 am

Phil -
I have never seen a black seat but that is from a limited sample so in your situation I would check with one of the trimmers like BAS who deal with the seats regularly.
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#5 Re: 3.8 OTS Seats

Post by abowie » Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:16 am

The set in my 1963 FHC were black.
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#6 Re: 3.8 OTS Seats

Post by Philk » Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:42 am

abowie wrote:The set in my 1963 FHC were black.
That's really interesting to note. Looking at the construction of the 3.8 OTS seats I've purchased, they're from just after the conversion to the steeper rake and the use of longer seat runners in 1962. It would be very interesting to see whether other seats had black frames from this period.
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#7 Re: 3.8 OTS Seats

Post by 64etype » Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:27 pm

The seat frames in my '64 were grey. No evidence of black.
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#8 Re: 3.8 OTS Seats

Post by Airborne62 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:32 pm

Seats in my 62 FHC are black roadster type - original
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#9 Re: 3.8 OTS Seats

Post by christopher storey » Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:30 am

I think the three holes possibly are to take the hooks supporting a rubber diaphragm

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#10 Re: 3.8 OTS Seats

Post by wagstefan » Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:23 am

My FHC (end 62, very early 63) has grey roadster seats. And for sure original!

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#11 Re: 3.8 OTS Seats

Post by Series1 Stu » Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:55 pm

My 62 FHC (888007) seat frames are grey.

I stripped them and had BAS restore and retrim them.

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