We are reconstructing the front split seat, with armrest, for our 64 convertible. We are starting with the metal frame/springs. Anyone have photos/details on the foam /cushion material to get a good shape etc as the base for the new upholstery? Also reconstructing the rear seats as well so any info for them would be helpful as well.
We have the actual finish upholstery being made now.
Having the switches on the side of the seat instead of the door will shorten the distance current will have to travel. It will therefore reduce the risk of shortage. I have the 6-way seat in my Series 62. Have no issues or problems putting down my left hand and adjust. On my -66 DeVille Conv. the controls was also on the side of the seat. I Believe they did have a reason to move away from cables constantly being "bended" when open and closing doors.
Its a lot of current to operate the front seat. Rerouting via the door is not recommended.
Power for the seat motor is fed through the large red power feed wire from under the dash direct to the motor for both style seat switches. You have a low current "switch" circuit from the seat switch that activates the relay to close the "power" circuit feed to the seat motor, or activate the appropriate transmission solenoids. Just wanted to point that out. I will also note that I have also seen several examples where the wiring harness for the Series 62 seat, which is confined over the seat rail on LH side of seat, work lose and get caught up in the LH seat rails and break and short, so it is not like there is no risk for failure on a Series 62.
Personally, I would leave the seat setup the way it is, but you indicated you already have the door panel with the seat in the door panel, so I'm just saying you will need the other harness if you do go that route. Also, if you need the Series 62 harness I have those in nice condition for $35. You will probably also want a lower LH trim without the hole for the seat switch if you go this route... which I have... and I assume you have the correct switch for the driver arm rest switch plate.
Will see if we can get the existing seat out of the car and look for the wiring . If I do not find it I will take you up on the harness you spoke of.
The car we have was made with the six way seat option -- so I suspect I may find the wire loom in the door and running as you guys pointed out in the rigid body feed conduit under the sill plate.
To clarify I am working on a 64 deville convert that was originally made with the 6 way seat option, it currently has the six way seat option working with the controls on the drivers side of the seat. The door panel and its controls are also to be replaced with the correct '64 controls and trim pieces.
I have purchased a correct seat , with the center armrest and the lower left trim without the hole for the seat switch-- to replace the incorrect seat that someone put in the car probably back when they made it look like the '63 that was in Scarface.
Thanking everyone who is responing to my request for information- all very helpful
Thanks for the info, can already see that opening and closing the door can damage some wires.
There is a post on this site by Maurice Lapoiinte, It was titled "My interior restorations, pitfalls and things I have learned. His was a 63 Convertible but he posted a lot of pictures and would think that there would not be much difference between 63 and 64 seat upholstery bases. I could search his page site and find it hopefully you can too. Trying to search just by title did not get me anything so unless Jason can help you some other way just try to get to his site page, It will definitely be worth your time I think. Hope this helps.
Gene, Thanks for the info about Maurice Lapointe. Located his post and it is very helpful.
Maurice lapointe here. I have completed my front and rear seats on my 63 convertible now ,but not yet installed them. I have taken pictures along the way and was going to add to my post for everyone to access,but haven't got to that yet either.hopefully soon.You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send pictures to you direct. As I said the interior is still out if you want a picture of the wiring harness routing also.drop me a line.
I decided to finish off my posting of the seat rebuild I did.hope this helps out others.