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Marlin Sportster, Cabrio, Berlinetta and Roadster builds Enthused or Confused about your vintage Marlin build? Ask away here or show off your build.

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Old 23rd July 2010, 11:33
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Seats. The seats I have are now IVA non-compliant (no head rests). I want to fit something cheap and cheerful until I can get to a show, have a good look and try various types and also decide on a final trim. I am quite tall, so the seat needs to be set back as far as possible, probably into the recess. I know Robin has MX5 seats.... how far back will they go Robin? Also, does anyone know if MR2 or MGF/TF seats would fit?

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Old 23rd July 2010, 17:42
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I know that these will pass the IVA:
http://www.cobraseats.com/sportscarrecliner.htm
and they do have the advantages of being light and very narrow, but I wouldn't describe them as cheap...
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Old 24th July 2010, 16:33
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I have seen those Cobra seats on the web, Corbeau do something similar. The thing is that I would like to have a look and try "in the flesh" before buying. I didn't get a proper chance to at stoneleigh and exeter will be the next show for me. I just want something to see me through the test and for maybe a few months after.

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Old 24th July 2010, 18:07
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Hi Alfie,
I've sent you a PM...

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Old 12th August 2010, 11:35
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If I use 3 point harnesses with roadster style seats, do I have to have harness slots or can the straps come around the sides and over the shoulder? (I have found some nice seats without slots).

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Old 12th August 2010, 11:41
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You have to make sure the belts come over the seat above the reference point (See the IVA manual to work this out). If there is any chance they could slip then you will get a fail.

The alternative is to use lap/diagonals for IVA and change them later. Not that I would advise you to do that you understand.....
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Old 12th August 2010, 13:59
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Thanks Chris. I suspected as much. I'll have to have a rethink then...... it's never straightforward is it, this car building lark.
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Old 12th August 2010, 14:09
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If I where you Alfie, I'd buy the seats you like, and have a turning bar welded into the rollover hoop. It's not an expensive modification to do, and it'll pass IVA no probs (as long as you position it it correctly)

I think mine cost less than 30 all in, for the materials and beer money for the mobile welding bloke.
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Old 12th August 2010, 14:44
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If I where you Alfie, I'd buy the seats you like, and have a turning bar welded into the rollover hoop. It's not an expensive modification to do, and it'll pass IVA no probs (as long as you position it it correctly)

I think mine cost less than 30 all in, for the materials and beer money for the mobile welding bloke.
This is certainly the safest approach should there ever be a more serious incident
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Old 12th August 2010, 16:23
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Planned on doing that already.... I have sorted out a local guy to do it when I'm ready. Will that mean the seats will be ok with the harness? (Sorry if I'm being a bit thick). On the subject of welding, Jason, did you have to put in any extra rear collision protection for fuel tank for IVA? Stuart thinks I may need some.
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Old 12th August 2010, 16:56
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No, didn't need any protection around the fuel tank - During IVA it was never mentioned.

I'm guessing the seats will be fine, as Patrick's seats have harness holes and a bar, and Robin and I have seats with separate headrests (so no harness holes) & bars and they where fine (on SVA & IVA)
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Old 12th August 2010, 18:13
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Ok, thanks.
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