Not sure where else to put this. My factory seats are beyond shot. I have a lead on a pair of black seats from a 90 cougar. My question is, what are the odds that this will bolt in to the factory holes?
Well, you know what they say. Nothing is impossible. It just costs more. I have had several of the MN12 cars (89-97 tbirds/cougars) and the seats are very very good seats. May try it and see what happens. If nothing else, I can always use the "reinforce the floor and bolt it in" approach.
Here are the dimensions handed to me by a buddy on another forum.
Seat rail thickness (from the bottom of the seat to where it bolts to the floor.)
5-3/4" at lowest
Distance between bolts on the same rail. (front to rear bolt distance.)
inboard rail: 15-5/8" , outboard: 15-3/4" (hole center to hole center)
Distance between seat rails. (from outboard to inboard, preferably from the mounting bolts)
front: 14-1/8" , rear 15-1/8" (hole center to hole center)
Width of the seatpan at the bottom and width of the seat cushion at it widest point.
Width of the back at bottom and top.
bottom: 21-1/2" , top: 18-1/2"
Measured from a 90 SC seat
If my measurements are correct on the floorpan, it should fit quite nicely. A little snug, but it should still fit. My only concern is retaining the functionality of the power controls with them being so close to the rocker rail. If my measuring is correct, I have 22.5" from where the seat pans end on the trans tunnel and the rocker rail. That leaves a half inch to play with on each side. I may be relocating some electronic controls.
electric seats may also be higher , affecting head room----make sure the seats you are going to use have a flat bolt pattern , otherwise it gets complicated---we lazer cut an addaptor plate to fit 2000ish honda prelude manual seats to the stock hole pattern--they are narrow enough to fit in a console car and low enough to clear your head---we had them reupholstered to look like stock cougar seats
My brother found me a pair of back leather Mustang GT seats that should fit. They will be bolted directly to a reinforced floorpan, so bolt pattern isnt an issue. Width is the only thing I am concerning myself with. I bet the prelude seats look great though.
Funny you should mention this topic... I was in the junkyard across the street yesterday looking for some lightweight manual buckets to replace the dual-power split bench seat in my '89 Crown Vic. I don't want anything with cigarette burns, or stains, blood, or... I figure that 150+ pound weight loss alone will get me into the 12s! The problem being most nice bucket seat cars have power seats!