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6T2TR4
05-05-2008, 07:26 PM
Anyone with experience putting Mazda Miata seats in a TR4?


I have found articles on the web for putting these seats in TR6s and Spitfires, but I have not found any information if anyone tried them on a TR4.

Safety is the issue. I have been rear-ended twice here in So-Cal (both with idiots on cell phones) and not really interested in having that experience in my TR4 with the low back seats.

tdskip
05-05-2008, 07:57 PM
Hello - and welcome (from Orange County)!

There was a discussion on this a short while ago, this link will help you get started.

https://www.britishcarforum.com/bcforum/ubbthreads.php/topics/421074/Corbeau_seats_in_TR3_or_TR4

TRDejaVu
05-05-2008, 10:21 PM
Here's mine:

https://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u172/TRDejaVu/MiataSeatRight.jpg

https://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u172/TRDejaVu/MiataSeatLeft.jpg

tdskip
05-05-2008, 10:42 PM
Ian - did you make up custom mounting brackets?

They look good.

TR4nut
05-06-2008, 06:58 AM
I don't think they are out yet, but I believe Uncle Jack / Joe Alexander are designing some mounting brackets for this conversion. Everything I've bought from Joe has been top notch, so they should make fitting Miata seats a breeze.

Randy

tdskip
05-06-2008, 09:50 AM
Randy - this Joe Alexander?

https://www.the-vintage-racer.com/

TR4nut
05-06-2008, 11:59 AM
Randy - this Joe Alexander?

https://www.the-vintage-racer.com/



yep. Joe put out a note recently on team.net triumph list about this very topic. Not sure what his timing is, but I bet it will be this year.

DNK
05-06-2008, 12:46 PM
this should be combined with the other post. I'm sure the mounts are the same or close.

Geo Hahn
05-06-2008, 03:48 PM
FWIW -- I believe the discussion on team.net revealed there were several configuations of seats used in the Miatas -- the planned kit may only work for some.

Just a heads-up if you have not yet sourced the seats.

6T2TR4
05-06-2008, 03:59 PM
Thanks everybody for the great information. It is useful when starting a project like this to see if it has been done before. I like the looks of my original low back seats, but times change. When I bought my TR over 30 years ago it did not have seat belts and the seats were held down with 1 bolt. Now I kind of like the idea of something a little safer where my neck wonít snap off from a hit from the back. I like Ianís pictures of the Miata seats as they look like they fit well. The speakers in the headrest are an added bonus. I think I will pickup some seats at a junkyard (anyone know of a good one in the San Diego area?) and engineer some brackets myself.

Thanks again for the info,
Cheers,
Paul

tdskip
05-06-2008, 04:12 PM
Paul - try Ecology off the 76

TR4nut
05-06-2008, 04:25 PM
this should be combined with the other post. I'm sure the mounts are the same or close.

I agree - the later model TR4s had the same seat tracks as the TR6, so I'm sure they would work. Not sure about the earlier style tracks though.

TRDejaVu
05-07-2008, 10:29 PM
Ian - did you make up custom mounting brackets?

I took the standard design that is on the web and modified it as I don't have access to metal benders anymore. I bolted a couple of formed angles together to make the channel section and I also lowered it a bit more at the front for thigh clearance. It didn't work for me with the original steering wheel, so I put in a smaller diameter dished Mota-Lita wheel, which is much better and looks great.