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Old 06-15-2003, 11:08 PM
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trying to add a headrest

Hello again, quick question this time. I was wondering how difficult it would be to add a headrest to seat that didnt have one at all. (Its a 66 mustang seat) Also i wanted to add those small folding armrests that are attached to the side of the seat. I wanted to keep it as original as possible, so i was trying not to get new seats, but its going to be a daily driver so i wanted to be comfortable. Any input on how to go about this would be great, and does anyone know where i can find these things on the web. Thanks.

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Hey, Mickey

Seems to me you would need the hardware for both those items built into the seat, or create your own and build it in. Either way, I would think it would be much easier to get seats that have those items, unless you're real handy at fabricating. They'd both have to be bolted/screwed into the seat ... the armrest would probably be easier to attach than the headrest.

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Yeah, I agree with Alan on this one. You'ld be better off finding seats with what you want allready on them. Those parts are part of the seats skeleton. Headrests are a structural part of the seat for the fact that they are not just there for comfort, they're also there to keep your head on your shoulders during a collision i.e. to lessen the chance of whiplash by keeping your head and neck from "rolling" over the seat back when your body returns from the initial impact.
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Do you have any advice on a retro seat with headrests that i could possibly find on ebay, or possibly a salvage yard? Im not sure what make or model to look for to pull them from. I wanted to keep with the classic lines of the car, and i havent found any new seats that i think either will go, or can afford.
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Old 06-16-2003, 01:29 AM
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Chevelle buckets would probably be cool ... and other models like that ... late 60s / early 70s is what I'm thinkin' ... dunno about availability though.

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I put aftermarket headrests in my 66 Mustang. They screwed into the back of the backrest. That was in 1967, & I have no idea where to get headrests today. If I did, I'd put some in my Suburban. You may be able to adapt some OEM seats from a later model. I have a 1988 Tbird Sport with the "articulated" bucket seats. These are the best factory car seats I've ever sat in. Recaros they're not, but they are available in wrecking yards (if you're quick) for cheap. I paid $40 at a U-pull-it for a set destined for my 72 Nova.

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Personally, I dislike headrests and always remove them! But then I don't like seatbelts either ... or, when it comes to bikes, I don't like helmets.

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One of the seat vendors (can't remember which one) had bolt-on armrest frames in their catalog and web site last year... You probably need the right type of seat frame to accomodate this, though.
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