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tuumest
05-27-2008, 12:27 AM
I have seen Chrysler Sebring seats in their convertible models. They have a built in shoulder harness/seat belt on their seats and I would have liked to adapt these seats into the '51 Champion for safety reasons. If anyone has successfully done this, I would appreciate information as to what is necessary in order to make them functional.
It would appear the they would need power (12 Volt negative ground) supplied to the seat before the belt would release. this would be a problem for the 6 volt positive ground system as used in the 1951 Studebaker cars.

Pete Yuen <tuumest@shaw.ca>



Pete Yuen

Mark57
05-27-2008, 12:36 AM
Hi Pete, welcome to the Forum... just a tip, you should remove your e-mail address from your post otherwise you will likely be subjected to a bunch of spam and other e-unpleasantness.:( Members can e-mail you via your Forum profile which will protect you from the "junk". :)

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'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island </h5>
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DEEPNHOCK
05-27-2008, 06:23 AM
IIRC, Dave Lester has that kind of seats in 'Sheba'..
You would need to run 12 volts to the seat mechanism to get it to work. Easiest way to do that is to install a dual voltage battery.
There is a company out there (I can't remember their name right now) that makes a three terminal battery. One terminal is 6 volts and the other is 12 volts. You will have to wire the 12v circuit separately, but it could be done without completely rewiring the whole car.
Sounds like a good way to have a comfy seat with good seat belts all in one shot...
Jeff[8D]



quote:Originally posted by tuumest

I have seen Chrysler Sebring seats in their convertible models. They have a built in shoulder harness/seat belt on their seats and I would have liked to adapt these seats into the '51 Champion for safety reasons. If anyone has successfully done this, I would appreciate information as to what is necessary in order to make them functional.
It would appear the they would need power (12 Volt negative ground) supplied to the seat before the belt would release. this would be a problem for the 6 volt positive ground system as used in the 1951 Studebaker cars.

Pete Yuen &lt;tuumest@shaw.ca&gt;



Pete Yuen


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stude53
05-27-2008, 06:29 AM
I researched this solution a while ago and found this helpful article. I once owned a Chrysler Sebring convertible with these seats, and they were very comfortable. Check it out.

http://www.corvairkid.com/sebring.htm

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53 Starliner Hardtop
Newton Grove, NC

4961Studebaker
05-27-2008, 10:32 AM
Sebring seats.....hmmmmmm. maybe I should look into these before cutting down the backs of these 06 Envoy seat belt integrated seats to size.
6way power, dual zone heat on both driver and pass.
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52-fan
05-27-2008, 10:59 AM
Those seats look really nice, but in an older car I have never liked the way a headrest looks.

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s186/52-fan/StudebakersofArkansas2-1.jpg
1952 Champion Starlight, 1962 Daytona. Searcy,Arkansas

Pat Dilling
05-27-2008, 02:11 PM
I have a set of 97 Sebring seats sitting in my garage that I found on EBay. I plan to put them in our 53 Coupe this winter. I plan to use the article that Stude53 posted as a reference and it's nice to know that Dave Lester has already cut the path on this swap. For me it seems the key is going to be anchoring soundly enough to with stand the G Forces of an impact or panic stop without ripping them out of the floor. The electronics looks fairly straight forward. As mentioned in the Corvairkid article, it's best to get 96-97 seats and controllers becuase in later years they beome interconnected with the Sebring airbags and that adds a level of complication to trying to use them for our purposes.

Pat

Pat Dilling
Olivehurst, CA
Custom '53 Starlight aka Stu Cool

4961Studebaker
05-28-2008, 09:00 AM
quote:Originally posted by 4961Studebaker

[quote]Originally posted by 52-fan

Those seats look really nice, but in an older car I have never liked the way a headrest looks.
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s186/52-fan/StudebakersofArkansas2-1.jpg
1952 Champion Starlight, 1962 Daytona. Searcy,Arkansas


I agree.
These seats when cut down will have the head rests completly removed and not used in the final interior. And the molded plastic belt cover will be modified as well. I took measurements of the original seats and will be building these envoy seats to a close match. I enjoy these seats in my everyday driver and wanted them in this project, the scale is good and it leaves me with room for a console in between the seats.

Chop Stu
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tuumest
05-30-2008, 01:56 AM
Thanks to everyone that took time to write regarding teh Chrysler Sebring seats for possible installation into a '51 Stude.

Pete Yuen

royvaldez
05-30-2008, 02:49 PM
Thanks guys, This came at the right time. Can you keep us posted on your progress? Thanks again, you have solve my problems for my 1951 starlight project.