View Full Version : Wedge TR7 Seats in Spitfire

08-07-2004, 10:14 PM
came across a TR7 at the junk yard-can those seats be used in a '79 Spitfire?

08-08-2004, 02:29 PM
Most seat swaps are possible, the degree of difficulty is the catch.Why do you find this swap desireable??? as apposed to just re-doing the OE seats??
MD(mad dog)

08-08-2004, 11:30 PM
Cost really. At the junkyard i can acquire two (TR7) seats that are in excellent condition for $40.00. No upholstery shop can match that price. (not in San Diego at least)

08-09-2004, 05:12 PM
It's always great to have more comfortable seating, but experience with Mazda Miata seats taught me that there are few other seats that will fit comfortably in a Spit/GT6. The main problem is the seat height. The Spit seats are situated virtally 1/4 inch off the floor pans.

Before you install other seats, please be sure to measure the height of the seat cushion from the floor pan. Compare this height to your stock Spit/GT6 seat. If it's higher than the stock seat, you may find yourself craning your neck to view stop lights!

This is very important if you're taller than about 5'9" or so, and of course, of paramount importance if the convertible top is pulled up!

I found the Miata seats to simply be too high for my likes. At 6'2", there's no way I can adjust the Miata seat for any real comfort, and that's after re-drilling all new mounting holes AND cutting the rear seat rails about 2 inches. Legroom and headroom are compromised, and there isn't a lot of room in the cockpit in the first place.

FYI, I hope this is helpful.

Mark Beiser
08-09-2004, 06:06 PM
The seet hight may not be an issue with the TR7 seats, but I would imagin mounting the seat rails would be an issue, same for most swaps.

I would definatly measure the width of the seats to make sure they will fit. The inside of a TR7 is relativly wide compaired to other LBC's. The interior width on TR7's is actually wider than on Corvettes of the same period.