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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, my 86 FWB 350 project ("hooptielac") thread in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Seat belt issue solved....took off the plastic sleeves Under rear deck amp/ xover board (amp is an old school 1980ish ...
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    Seat belt issue solved....took off the plastic sleeves

    Under rear deck amp/ xover board (amp is an old school 1980ish rockford fosgate punch 150 with new main caps and FETs)

    Supports for amp board (to drop it down below the trunk springs and give me space to hide the wires)

    When I get it mocked up for mounting, I'll carpet it to match the trunk.

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    Got a drivers seat frame today at the junkyard from a 93 chevy S10 tahoe LT (correct color too). Skinned the seat (leather was toast) and took the padded frame home (wasn't happy about paying $20 for it but the plastic mechanism colors were the correct color). Skinned the seat back. Tomorrow I'll skin and de pad my back and transfer it over. For the bottom, I may be able to use that bottom or I might have to get a basic S10 bottom. I guess I'm lucky that boxy S10s are super common here.

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    Looked at the base (took a knife and cut the excess foam off the frame) and apparently the holes are on both sides for the seat back bolts. The hinge side bolt holes are threaded on both sides, but the mechanism bolt holes are only threaded on one side....so looks like I'll be buying a 3/8 threader and threading my passengers seat base so it becomes a drivers seat base

    Also, does anyone have any advice on adding foam to the seat? My seat cushions (the flat part) could use some additional foam after 20+ years (I can feel some of the metal rods on the sides of the flat piece of foam when I sit in the seat, and I'm not that heavy).
    I'd also like to add some more foam to the side bolsters, and I'll probably have to fix wear holes in the side of the foam from the metal pieces in the foam wearing through (seat I skinned had some damage on the left side of the seat bolster (which eventually wear through the leather), so I'm sure my seat will have a similar issue. Any advice/ recommended sites on seat foam are appreciated (I'll be doing my own research, but I'm sure someone here has messed with seat foam before.)

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    Did some research....found alot of advice on replacing the seat foam in its entirety, but not too much on just adding foam ontop of the factory foam. Found this link from a BMW forum that was pretty much what I was looking for....looks like I'll be hitting up a joanns fabrics for some dense foam. I'm also guessing there will be some slight foam damage....seems that if you wrap the seat wires in denim it keeps the foam from ripping through. I might have to do that if the side bolsters wire frame ripped the foam on the sides (to keep it from eventually destroying the leather)
    http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=408090

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    Re: my 86 FWB 350 project ("hooptielac") thread

    pulled my drivers seat and went to disassemble it. ended up with a t45 torx bolt with stripped threads (wouldnt back out). after fighting with it for half an hour, I got it to back out enough that I put a prybar under it and putting a good amount of force on it and turning the socket, got it to thread out. Got it about 3/4 out and had to go run some errands. I'll get it out the rest of the way tomorrow and skin the seats.

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    also found another decent write up on adding seat foam
    http://www.autospeed.com/cms/article.html?&A=112927

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    Ah, them nuts and bolts that drive you nuts and bolts.

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    Re: my 86 FWB 350 project ("hooptielac") thread

    it took me longer to get that bolt out than it did to disassemble, skin, and reassemble the junkyard seat.
    I'm interested to see what shape the threads are in when I get out the bolt

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    Re: my 86 FWB 350 project ("hooptielac") thread

    pic of that PITA bolt....no wonder it wouldn't come out

    seat bottom padded (ran out of glue.....need to get some more. tape does seem to work though)
    edit: read on a sti/wrx forum about using pipe insulation foam noodles for side bolsters....might give it a try since I have a ton of the pipe insulating noodles in the basement.

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    Re: my 86 FWB 350 project ("hooptielac") thread

    had to move the car to cut the grass, so I took some videos of it idling (tried flipping the phone around and the sound quality improved (please ignore my crappy looking house)
    http://s987.photobucket.com/user/jet...dcab3.mp4.html
    http://s987.photobucket.com/user/jet...af89f.mp4.html

    anyone know how to make the videos show up in the thread instead of just a link?

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    Re: my 86 FWB 350 project ("hooptielac") thread

    Didn't work for me either. Hmmmmm...

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    Re: my 86 FWB 350 project ("hooptielac") thread

    Quote Originally Posted by jamespowers View Post
    Didn't work for me either. Hmmmmm...
    yeah, I know I've done it before, but I couldn't get it to work this time. did the videos at least play when the links were clicked on

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    Re: my 86 FWB 350 project ("hooptielac") thread

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    yeah, I know I've done it before, but I couldn't get it to work this time. did the videos at least play when the links were clicked on
    Yeah fine. They worked. Sounds like you have a full on race car there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamespowers

    Yeah fine. They worked. Sounds like you have a full on race car there.
    When my mechanic put the engine in and fired it up, he said "I think you bought a dirt track racer engine."
    In hindsight, I should have gotten much quieter mufflers (they were pretty quiet when I got them....too bad that didn't last)

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    Also, yesterday my power steering pump went out. I noticed dripping under the car and crawled under it to find fluid was leaking out of the seal on the pump down onto the crossmember. Thankfully ,PS pumps are fairly cheap (under $50 for the good AC delco one without hydroboost)

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    Re: my 86 FWB 350 project ("hooptielac") thread

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    When my mechanic put the engine in and fired it up, he said "I think you bought a dirt track racer engine."
    In hindsight, I should have gotten much quieter mufflers (they were pretty quiet when I got them....too bad that didn't last)[COLOR="Silver"]
    lol lol lol He agrees with me.

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    Tried out some new foam I got from the hardware store. Works better than the foam I got at the fabric store. It's foam made for insulating 1" water pipe. Makes the side bolsters much firmer.

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