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richardsoncd
10-14-2005, 10:41 AM
Does anyone have a backseat for a 79 S&S they want to get rid of? Thought I would try to buy one before I try to build one. Thanks.

Hunterb
10-14-2005, 03:09 PM
I tried to find a back seat last year but had no luck. I ended up building one that worked out fine. Here's a picture. Let me know if you want any details.

Bruce

richardsoncd
10-14-2005, 04:27 PM
That looks like a pretty intricate back seat for a do-it-yourselfer. How hard was it, and who did the skins? I don't actually know what the original seat in a 79 looks like.

Hunterb
10-14-2005, 06:00 PM
I'd never really built a piece of furniture before and it wasn't that tough to do. I had a guy in Nanaimo (Vancouver Island) do the skins. He did the entire boat. I built the seats etc. and then he supplied and installed the foam and vinyl for $1,500.00 (Canadian). I have the seat out of the boat right now and could take some pictures of how it is constructed if you want. The only tricky part was the curves on the insides of the corners. I thought I could build 90* corners and the curve would be done with foam but that's not the case. I had to build the curve using a mahogany doorskin and bending it in place. I also had a hard time deciding how much room to leave underneath the seat for storage. I left 5 1/2 inches so that bumpers, life jackets, ropes etc. can be stored under the seat. That's fine, but it makes the seat back a bit too short. If I do it again I will make the seat back at least one inch longer and sacrifice some storage underneath.

Let me know if you want pictures.

Bruce

east tx skier
10-14-2005, 06:29 PM
I recently built a jump seat after ordering the replacement skins from MC. Using the seam dimensions, I worked backwards. Doesn't apply directly to your situation, but it worked well to get me in the ballpark on measurements and contours.

tex
10-14-2005, 06:30 PM
I had one for a 197!

M-Funf
10-14-2005, 06:32 PM
I would also like to see how you constructed the back seat, and what materials you used. I don't have a back seat in my '76, but would really like to have one :D
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid190/p78426ae29ce53a318a6565dc58da4d3d/f1e49a2a.jpg

Hunterb
10-17-2005, 03:38 PM
I'll try to take some pictures this weekend. My digital camera is in for repairs, but I may be able to pick it up today. If so I will take some shots. I just used 2X2's, plywood and then the Mahogany doorskin for the curves. I gave it all a couple coats of sealant prior to the upholstery work being done. It sits off the floor a bit so it stays dry and will last a long time. Some people are scared of wood projects due to the possibility of rot, but if you look after them they should last as long as the boat.

Hopefully I will have some pictures on Monday if you are still interested.

Bruce

richardsoncd
10-17-2005, 03:48 PM
M-funf...that is exactly what my 79 looks like, I think that no backseat in these old S&S's are pretty common.

M-Funf
10-17-2005, 03:51 PM
M-funf...that is exactly what my 79 looks like, I think that no backseat in these old S&S's are pretty common.

Yeah, but when I'm cruising with more than 2 other people in the boat, it would be nice to have a back seat for passengers...

I'm thinking about making something that can be removed easily, maybe as simple as a thick upholstered pad on the floor and a seatback that snaps to the inside lip of the hull somehow. That way, I could take it out and leave it on shore while skiing...

:toast:

Edit: Richard, do you have an upholstered engine cover in the '79?

H20skeefreek
10-17-2005, 04:02 PM
i tried to get someone to buy that parts boat on Ebay, would been perfect.

richardsoncd
10-18-2005, 10:15 AM
Yeah, but when I'm cruising with more than 2 other people in the boat, it would be nice to have a back seat for passengers...

I'm thinking about making something that can be removed easily, maybe as simple as a thick upholstered pad on the floor and a seatback that snaps to the inside lip of the hull somehow. That way, I could take it out and leave it on shore while skiing...

:toast:

Edit: Richard, do you have an upholstered engine cover in the '79?
I was thinking the same thing, a piece of treated plywood, with maybe 2x4 supports on the bottom, foam on top, and get it covered to match, it would pull in and out with some sort of release to hold it in place