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Thursday, February 23, 2017


With the total number of beauty contests won by the spaceship's 29 year old front seats holding steady at zero, and with $1500 burning a hole in my pocket now that the transmission doesn't need a rebuild, I decided to pull the trigger on these babies:

I scored this pair of practically new seats on eBay for under $300 shipped, but since they came out of a 2015 Dodge Caravan, I really had no idea how I was going to make them fit until they arrived. That's either confidence or stupidity – such a fine line. Anyway, another fun project was born...

Since the rails on the new seats didn't line up with those on the spaceship, Q and I put our heads together and came up with a couple of nice, beefy 1/4" thick steel adapter plates – in fits and starts over several days thanks to the biblical rain that has nagged LA over the past week. 

We finally got a window in the weather to do a test run the other day, and let's just say they nap pretty good. Important.

With the return of sunshine and blue skies today, I was able to give the adapter plates a paint job and then complete the final installation. What a huge improvement over the stock seats. I shoulda done this one a long time ago...

Stay tuned for more fun as this latest LA pit stop continues.