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xtnkshun
08-16-2012, 07:51 AM
Morning TT'ers,

I need a favor from all you restoration experts. Can some post a few pics of how the piston was mounted to the front observer seat? And also how the right-hand (if sitting in observer seat..not sure of its name) arm pad is mounted?

I thought I saw a pic on here that showed that pad on a hinge also. Mine has 2 s-shaped brackets on the bottom that hold it in place, but they are loose and let the pad sag. Is there something that is supposed to hold the pad at the top also?

Thanks guys.

madcityskier
08-16-2012, 08:05 AM
There was no piston. Hold it open is the original support. Observers wrap around backrest doesn't hinge.

xtnkshun
08-16-2012, 08:14 AM
There was no piston. Hold it open is the original support. Observers wrap around backrest doesn't hinge.

No piston? Excellent, one less thing I have to fix :)

mzimme
08-16-2012, 08:27 AM
These help at all? Mines an '83, but should be similar. The hinge is on the top of each seat, both will fold open. Vinyl comes up and over the hinge (to hide the metal from view) and is pressed between the hinge and the fiberglass. Sorry, I don't have a picture of the back of the seats open.


http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/zimstang/IMG_3011.jpg

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/zimstang/IMG_3010.jpg

mzimme
08-16-2012, 08:31 AM
Nevermind, I guess I do have some of the seats open...

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/zimstang/IMG_3031.jpg

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/zimstang/IMG_3032.jpg

xtnkshun
08-16-2012, 08:35 AM
PERFECT!! Thank you so much! I see that I have the same little brackets as you on the wrap around seat. How do those connect to lock the seat down? Or do you have yours disconnected?

mzimme
08-16-2012, 08:39 AM
PERFECT!! Thank you so much! I see that I have the same little brackets as you on the wrap around seat. How do those connect to lock the seat down? Or do you have yours disconnected?

Mine never connected to anything... I always wondered what those brackets were for. The previous owner of my boat may have added the hinge to the wrap-around portion, but I don't know for sure. It is kind of convenient having that side swing up though, because when the two pieces wedge together while both up, it gives access to the storage area without the backrest continually falling on your head.

mzimme
08-16-2012, 08:44 AM
Also, for what its worth, those pads don't move at all not being secured... even in the roughest of water.

xtnkshun
08-16-2012, 08:53 AM
Yours isn't the first that I have seen with hinges on the wrap-around. No idea if its OEM, but I can see the value. I wonder if there were snaps on those brackets?? But, I don't see how they would move being wedged together. I really appreciate the pics. EXACTLY what I needed.

Thanks.

mzimme
08-16-2012, 08:54 AM
No problem, good luck.

oxberger
08-16-2012, 12:35 PM
FWIW, mine has hinges on the armrest portion of it and no piston on the other part as pictured. I got it this way but I'm the 3rd owner. It almost appears to be designed to operate as MZIMME shows in his pics. MZIMME, the reason the pads don't move even in the roughest water is because there should be two wood blocks mounted to the wood base of the pad that fit just inside the plastic base it rests on. Ask me how I figured this one out? :D