: Folding read seat



ferrisworld
04-23-06, 05:58 PM
I'd like to modify my 79 deville so the rear seat folds down allowing access from the trunk. Then when I buy large things from IKEA, or lumber, I can fit them in by folding the seat down like in a lot of new cars. I'm wondering if anyone else has ever done this or heard of it being done so I can see how someone else did it before attempting it myself.

77CDV
04-23-06, 06:21 PM
Good news, it can be done. Bad news, you will have to cut out the body panel separating the trunk from the interior, which will compromise the car's structural integrity. Then, you will have to fit hinges the the rear seat, as it is a two part arrangement (seat cushion and seat back are separate parts). Also, be sure to reroute the rear stereo speaker wires so they are out of harm's way. Could be interesting, though a lot of work. Good luck!

Craig

ferrisworld
04-23-06, 06:40 PM
Yeah, I don't want to mess up the structural integrity. I'll have to see if there is a way to reinforce it I guess.

jomor
04-23-06, 10:11 PM
How often do you think this would be useful?

N0DIH
04-25-06, 01:52 AM
That bracing between the back seat and the trunk was a rare "mod" that GM put on the Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe factory.

A new design is out:
http://www.postonbuick.com/eshop/10Expand.asp?ProductCode=PE394934

So this might help you get what you want as well as keep some structural regidity.

http://www.members.shaw.ca/gregtsmith/Rear%20Seat%20Brace.htm

http://www.monte-list.nu/tech/rsb.shtml