I Finally Got Seat Frames For My '66 But...

Discussion in 'Early CJ-5 and CJ-6 Tech' started by Ryan Lee Masters, Dec 1, 2017.

  1. Dec 1, 2017
    Ryan Lee Masters

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    I've been trying to track down some oem seat frames for nearly a year now, and finally I find a complete set on Ebay out of a '72 CJ5.
    They arrived yesterday, so I took them out to the Jeep so I could finally see my Jeep with some seat frames in it. I sat the passenger side frame into position first, and the bolt holes lined up perfectly. I sat the drivers side frame into place and the front bolt holes lined up, but the holes at the rear of the frame are a good 2-3 inches off.
    What am I missing? It looks as if although the frames look identical, the mounting is slightly off between the '66 and '72 frames.
     
  2. Dec 1, 2017
    timgr

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    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news - '72 driver's side won't fit a '66. The driver's seating position is different. The '72 with Saginaw steering sits more outboard than the CJ with Ross steering.

    Early '55-71 - Intermediate '72-75 - Late '76-83. There are significant differences between each generation. Ask here and we'll be happy to advise.

    First post! Welcome from Boston.
     
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    Twin2

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    yep what tim said . just cut and relocate the seat rails and weld them back on frame support
     
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    Ryan Lee Masters

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    That's what I was figuring I'd have to do. I'm still in the beginning stages of learning to weld, so it's not gonna be pretty.
     
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    FinoCJ

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    Exactly what Tim says - I went through this issue as well.
     
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    Ryan Lee Masters

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    Fortunately it's just a little grinding and a couple of welds. Unfortunately I paid a pretty penny for the set.
     
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    Walt Couch

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    Welcome from Ga.
     
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    Ryan Lee Masters

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    Thank you much. I've been reading and learning from you guys for about a year now. Got my '66 from my dad for Christmas last year.
     
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    Rick Whitson

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    Welcome from Michigan, Got questions? These guys got answers for anything about CJ 5's, Good Luck
     

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