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ChimpofDarkness

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4,129 posts

59 months

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Hi chaps,

For the last year or so I've been researching some better seats for my Chimaera, in my opinion the originals just don't hold you in place properly when you're pressing on in the bends driving

They also give me back ache after about 300 miles when I'm touring France frown

A few months ago I sat in my mate's mid 80's Porsche 911 and although it hurts me to say it, his sports spec Porker seats are so much better than what TVR were putting in the Griffs & Chims 10 years later.

I've been looking for something that retains the classic looks but offer significantly better lateral support than our flat faced TVR originals.

The problem has been trying to find something that matches this brief yet are narrow enough to fit between the door and central tunnel, I also wanted something good quality that will match my Doeskin interior perfectly.

I'm really not keen on the Caterfield type or Elise seats, to me they just aren't in keeping with the Chimaera's classic grand tourer looks.

So I don't want much then tongue out

Then I stumbled across a few interesting posts on PH, like this one over on the "S" forum:

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?f=11&...

And this one from the Wedgies:

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=5&a...

So to cut a long story short I've just won this full set of Jaguar XJS Recaro "Sport Pack" seats on Ebay for the princely sum of £100 biggrin




The rear set will go straight back on Ebay for a £50 "Buy it Now" to hopefully out them quick & mean my Jag seats cost me just £25 each.




I'll refurbish the fronts as a little winter project, they look like they'll come up nicely with a deep clean, prep & a £60.00 Doeskin re-colour kit from the Furniture Clinic.

http://www.furnitureclinic.co.uk/Leather_Car_Inter...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFXkraC9B7o

What do you think guys, has anyone used the Furniture Clinic products?

Tips on using the FC leather dying kit gratefully accepted, Dave.

Jonny cobra

608 posts

92 months

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absolutly brilliant the FC stuff used it on my chim seats .. Go on there site and have a look at a colour change video works a treat .. But get a mini compressor the air cannisters can be a problem..

JC .

daveparry

960 posts

80 months

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Furniture clinic stuff is great on leather but don't bother if any of it is vinyl! Look like awesome seats too!

ChimpofDarkness

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4,129 posts

59 months

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Thanks chaps, I'll have a look at mini compressors.

The thing is I don't really want to throw too much money at something I'll only use the once.

Perhaps I could rent or borrow?

phazed

9,145 posts

84 months

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I had an XJS, seats were nice and comfy.

The standard chim seats have little support, you fall out of them on bends and if you're tall, the headrest comes up to my neck!

Yep, they're cr@p!
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ChimpofDarkness

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4,129 posts

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phazed said:
I had an XJS, seats were nice and comfy.

The standard chim seats have little support, you fall out of them on bends and if you're tall, the headrest comes up to my neck!

Yep, they're cr@p!
It's good to know the are comfy Peter, I just hope they fit in a Chimaera OK laugh

Has anyone actually put XJS seats in a Chimaera before?

Or am I the guinea pig?




& I look forward to seeing you all in a dark tunnel very soon wink

GasMunkey

5,026 posts

59 months

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XJS? was that world war one or two?

I should of paid more attention in history

ChimpofDarkness

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4,129 posts

59 months

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Before you were born Alex, men were men & women knew their place.


BliarOut

57,514 posts

119 months

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I remember that pic from my youth... Bet she had a hairy muff biggrin

v8 racing

2,062 posts

131 months

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ha ha remember that pic too!!, must be something to do with the quality of seats in the eighties, i used to love the recaros in my manta

Jonny cobra

608 posts

92 months

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ChimpofDarkness said:
Thanks chaps, I'll have a look at mini compressors.

The thing is I don't really want to throw too much money at something I'll only use the once.

Perhaps I could rent or borrow?
Hi The FC do hire out compressors..

JC

seeby

1,078 posts

50 months

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BliarOut said:
Bet she had a hairy muff biggrin
She probably still has yikes Although 40 years older.rolleyes

C350

2,448 posts

98 months

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I've had lots of cars (M5., RX8, MGZTT etc) and the Mrs has had back ache in all of them including her car and my C class. When we went to Bournemouth in the Chim she had no issues and even said how comfy they were. Go figure.

swanny71

1,328 posts

89 months

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daveparry said:
Furniture clinic stuff is great on leather but don't bother if any of it is vinyl! Look like awesome seats too!
FC stuff works brilliantly on vinyl if you prep correctly and use their Adhesion Promotor and Cross Linker X products.

ChimpofDarkness

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4,129 posts

59 months

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Any knowledgeable Ebayers out there?

The vendor of my XJS seats is failing to answer my emails?

I haven't done the PayPal thing yet, so I guess technically there is no transaction?

TBH I was hoping to just supply cash on collection (tomorrow).

Should I pay him to complete the Ebay sale contract, or hang on for a response?

It's been a good 24 hours since I won the auction and not a peep from the vendor.

Perhaps I just need to be more patent?

Thoughts from any experience Ebayers appreciated?

GasMunkey

5,026 posts

59 months

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Hold fire for a week Dave, if nothing then, just move on and look at some thing else

ChimpofDarkness

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4,129 posts

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GasMunkey said:
Hold fire for a week Dave, if nothing then, just move on and look at some thing else
My seats, my lovely seats cry

rofl

GasMunkey

5,026 posts

59 months

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Just save up a little and buy a shiny new pair to fit your fat ass at the auto sport show, at least there you can try them out

ChimpofDarkness

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4,129 posts

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GasMunkey said:
Just save up a little and buy a shiny new pair to fit your fat ass at the auto sport show, at least there you can try them out
scratchchin

BTW, how you gettin round them tunnels MR

PS. Bring Senna, I've got a cat problem here mad

GasMunkey

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ChimpofDarkness said:
scratchchin

BTW, how you gettin round them tunnels MR

PS. Bring Senna, I've got a cat problem here mad
I just tx you?
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