Troop Carrier: passenger bucket seat conversion ?

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 21:14
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hi all

just wondering if anyone has done the conversion and what was involved

thanks

Darren
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Reply By: Kev & Darkie - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 21:33

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 21:33
You will get many wide and varied replies. What is involved will depend on the seat you eventually settle on getting. If going from a 2 seater to a one seater it should be certified and changes made to your registration.

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Follow Up By: bugger it - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 21:49

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 21:49
thanks Kev

yeah i want to go about it the right way with legality for insurance purposes
for obvious reasons i'm thinking a set of Landcruiser buckets may be easiest to fit, hoping the drivers is a straight swap etc, had a quick look at the passenger side the other day and it looks like there is position for a bolt at the front for the inside rail at least

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Follow Up By: Kev & Darkie - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 21:57

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 21:57
I just found this thread it is a bit old but has some useful Info

Troopy front seat replacement 2005

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Follow Up By: bugger it - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 22:09

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 22:09
cheers Kev, thanks for taking the time
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Reply By: Topcat (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 22:01

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 22:01
Depending on your model,the base nuts to suit a passenger bucket seat are already situated on the vehicle except the holes have not been drilled but the nuts are welded in position.
Step 1. Remove the driver's side & passenger's seat.
Step 2.Position the drivers side seat in the passengers side just securing by the left side bolt positions & both front positions.
(The front bolt right side already exposed but the floor lining may be covering it).
Step 3.You will now be able to mark the position of the rear passenger right side bolt hole - remove the driver's seat.
Step 4. If you have marked position correctly, centre punch the position & carefully drill a hole 10mm diameter making sure you only penetrate to the depth of the top of the nut. ( when I say careful remember the top of the fuel tank is below the nut!!!!)
Step 4. You now have the securing bolt hole positions if you wish to use a L/C Troopy driver's side seat as a passaenger seat. If you wish to use an after market seat then you will have to modify the mounting base to suit or buy an after market L/C Troopy bucket seat base & secure the bucket seat to it.
It should be the same for 75,78,79 series Troopy's
Hope this helps. Cheers.
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Follow Up By: bugger it - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 22:15

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 22:15
thanks very much Topcat !

so do you know if there are seats in the Landcruiser range worth upgrading to that are interchangeable ?

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Follow Up By: Topcat (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 22:53

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 22:53
Before I fitted the Recaros in mine I got a drivers seat out of a 93-75 series ute that was in exellent condition. Just lucky. You will just have to shop around the 4WD wreckers specialising in Troopys in the hope you find a good one. Look for one that has the steel back plate & not the vinyl cover as they rip easy. Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 07:40

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 07:40
Drop me your email address and I will send photos of my alterations. Also, you have to be careful where you mount the passenger seat in relation to the foot well. It is easy to have the seat sitting nicely but the passengers legs have to be slightly twisted towards the passenger door if you are off-centre line of the footwell (the transmission bulge at floor level is rather large!). You will find that you have to mount the seat closer to the passenger door then you might think. I would also suggest that you talk to a certifier before you start then you will only need to do the job once :-))
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Follow Up By: Topcat (WA) - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 07:55

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 07:55
That is true what Kiwi Kia has said. When I fitted the Recaros I offset the position 2 inches towards the passenger door to align with the foot well. Cheers
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Follow Up By: bugger it - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 16:45

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 16:45
thanks Kiwi Kia, i'd like to check those pics out if you don't mind

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thanks again

Darren
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Reply By: mfewster - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 09:17

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 09:17
Every time there is a discussion on swapping car seats I post the following info. No one has ever comrented back. Is this too cheap? So easy that no-one thinks it can work?
Go to Supercheap and get a lumbar support (the sort with small sidewings so it also gives lateral support. About $10. Go to Clarke Rubber and get a piece of upholstery foam big enough to cover the seat base. About $15.It comes in different densities which are colour coded and I find the green one to be about right. Slide these items under a sheepskin seat cover. The covers dont have to be the real expensive ones, You can usually find something at Supercheap. Adjust the lumbar support to the height you want and tie it in position (I find it usually fits snugly enough under the sheepskin not to move around anyway. The seat is transformed. Not a Recaro, but quite good enough for long distance driving in comfort and mush better support when bouncing around off road. You squish down into the foam base and this gives a surprising amount of side support as well.
Nothing to drill, no engineers certificate issues.
I'd love to get some response this time, even if just to be told you think this is nuts.
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Follow Up By: Member - John H (WA) - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 11:32

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 11:32
That's fine if the issue is with lumbar support only.

I replaced the drivers seat in my 79 series because they're too small. I'm 6'3" and the top of the seat digs into to the area below my shoulders. Also the base of the seat was too short, giving little support under the thighs.

So for me it was easier to replace the whole seat with one which is taller, and has a longer base.

This isn't just for the 79 series either, I've used the same seat on my previous vehicle for similar reasons. All I had to do was get a new adapter base (which is engineered and legal), and bolt it in to the 79.

Personally I think a good seat is worth a hell of a lot when you spend so many hours in it. Comfort on those long drives is paramount.

John
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Reply By: mfewster - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 11:45

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 11:45
John, I have to agree re the length of the seat. My cheapo solution doesn't lengthen the squab if you are on the taller side. For me that isn't an issue and the addition of the foam beneath the sheepskin makes a huge difference as well as giving a surprising amount of extra side support after you sink into the foam.
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