Sunday, January 17, 2016
Adjusting a Front Bench Seat's Seat Holding Latch on a Tri Five Chevy
Front Bench Seat Is Loosey Goosey
I have an annoying problem with the bench seat-passenger side of my 1957 Classic Chevy Model/150 2-door Sedan. The bench seat will not lock in place. It is fine unless someone is riding shotgun. With a passenger in place every time I stop the catch lets go and the seat goes forward then slides back like a bucking bronco. Very embarrassing. What is even worse, my normal passenger is my wife. I am afraid this problem will curb her enthusiasm of going out in the old ‘57. I have taken the seat out several times to fix the problem to no avail. For a Jerry Rig+ I screwed a piece of wood to keep the seat from going forward during stops. I can not abide with this fix, because I can not adjust the seat.
As with many problems with my car, I may have started the slipping seat when I was trying to adjust the seat position to make the holding bolt line up during a seat reinstall. I only needed to move the seat back and forth a little bit to line up the bolt to get the threads started. To help me with that
I lived with the problem for a short while, until I could not. I took out the seat again to I try to bend the rail back and greased the latch mechanism and all was alright, for a while. Then it was not latching again. I played this little dance three times.
The last time the seat latch would not functioning, I gave up. Due to a time restraint issue I just completed a Jerry Rig.+ I needed a quick fix to go to car show. Out of desperation and need of a fix, if not a good one or permanent one, I sheet metal screwed a piece of wood in place to hold the seat still on the rail.
What do I do next? Here is my research for my next seat rail repair project.
Clean as well as lubricate the track and latch as best as I can. I have to ensure that the return arm works freely and does not stick.
There is a long rod that runs from the drive side track to the passenger side track. That rod may be
I believe that the rod is too short and not allowing the passenger side lever to retract and engage the track to lock it into place. Hopefully, with a complete cleaning of all the old grease and crud in the locking mechanism and correct rod length I will have a fully functioning seat. To allow the latch to fully engage, I will slightly un-bend the rod at the zig-zag.
Wish me luck.
+What is a Jerry Rig? A Jerry Rig is a repair made in a quick or careless way: not built or designed well: organized or constructed in a crude or improvised manner. Welcome to my world!
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