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  • '56 Golden Hawk seat problem

    I have a '56 Golden Hawk and have the front seat adjusted in the most far back position of the three options on the floorboard. It is a power seat. Problem is that it still doesn't seem as far back as it should be. The power seat goes back and forth all the way. I am 6 feet tall, so not too tall but I still feel cramped in the driver's seat. I have a '53 Starliner and have that seat adjusted in the most far back position and there is plenty of room. The Golden Hawk seat has been reupholstered so it does sit up higher than the Starliner. Anyone have any thoughts? thanks much, Nick.

  • #2
    do you by chance have the correct steering wheel in the car? If you have a sedan wheel it will make the interior feel a lot more claustrophobic, especially if the seat is not worn. The correct wheel should be a little over 17" in diameter, a sedan wheel will be 18" or so. A President Classic steering wheel looks just like a 56J wheel except for the size difference.

    nate

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    • #3
      I was thinking that the wheel seemed a bit large. I will check that out. If that is the problem how hard is it to come across the correct steering wheel? Thanks much. Nick.

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      • #4
        not easy They did not age well.

        If you find a core you can have one recast here:

        http://www.shrockbrothers.com/

        so long as the metal core is OK they will recast it, and they probably have extras. I know I've sold them plenty of "junk" steering wheels for this purpose.

        nate

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        • #5
          I just went and measured the wheel and luckily it is the correct size, 17 inches. Now, I am still wondering how to resolve the problem. I may try and drill a fourth hole in the floorboard to make it go yet further back.

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          • #6
            Can we assume there are no 'dealer installed' wooden blocks under the seat?

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            Tom Bredehoft
            '53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
            '55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
            (Under Construction 571 hrs.)
            '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
            All Indiana built cars

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            • #7
              Okay, here is the "skinny". The 56J Power Seat does not travel the same route as the non power seat. What the PS does, is as it goes backwards, it actually raises the seat cushion thus making getting your legs under it more difficult. Two choices, sell the power seat, and put in a manual seat, the holes are the same. OR. find a junker front seat frame and cut off the legs and add them to the front of your existing seat legs. Then you can move your seat back almost three inches. You will also need to move the plate under the seat and make new holes to secure the plate to.

              I added extra legs on my 56J with power seat and moving the seat back the 3 inches made the drive position more comfortable. Only draw back is that the cushion still rises up as you move the seat. Check the service manual for a more technical explaination.

              As far as the fact that your car was reupolstered, there is a good chance that they added about an inch or two of new padding with new springs, this happened to me. Not this year, but next year I will have a new seat cushion made, and lower when the seats are re-done, which they really don't need but my weight fluctuates. This month I am in my "can fit under the steering wheel" mode.

              BG

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              • #8
                Back in '67, I had a 55 that felt short so I adjusted the seat all the way forward, unbolted it from the floor, moved it back to where it was comfortable for me, and drilled some holes and bolted it right there. I remember the look on my date's face when I pulled it all the way back when we got to the drive-in.

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                • #9
                  Yeah, there are no dealer wooden blocks under there. Yes, I do believe the power seat is the culprit. I can see how the power mechanism sells you short about three inches. I will probably end up drilling some new holes in there, or I was thinking I could just disconnect the power rod and somehow make the seat lock back further. It seems like there are more notches that go further back along the track that aren't utilitzed by the power rod. Thanks to everyone for the info. Nick.

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