This is my first restoration and the hardest part for me to find is the seat brackets/mounts/track/riser, whatever you want to call them. Everytime it seems that I am getting close there is nothing. They all seem to stop at 75 ot 76. Any suggestions? Should I just get one for a 76 and modify so it is able to bolt into the floor? Thanks in advance.
I'd assume almost 99% of them by 74 were split lowbacks. The passenger side flips/folds forward. You will only find these used, both the brackets and the seats. The original seat cover style is also not reproduced.
I can take pics tonight if someone else doesn't post them, my Jeep is in the alignment rack shop now, hoping to pick her up after work.
on my 1974, the driver's seat only can slide a trivial amount before the back strikes the rear wheel well, and the driver seat brackets bolt into various positions for skinny, skinnier, and skinniest drivers. So that side only does have 'sliders'.
The passenger side is a static mount that bolts in and is simply a front pivot function, with a rear O shaped bolt that the hook attaches to, a front pull ring or directly from the rear (for a seated passenger) can unhook that and fold the seat, then flip it to get out.
Alignment shop says my 74 is done and I will strive to at least take phone pics tonight if no-one else posts the -75 arrangement. Unfort my bolsters need some help, so I have to get that attended to later.
I might have a lead on a 74 being parted. I'll ask....I know i need the U shaped rear seat holddown brackets, easy to fab I know, but I also want original bits and pieces.
just went thru 3 weeks of looking, researching, talking, buying, waiting, now returning. Have 1974 CJ5, all original stuff, have redone 60 percent, have all original seats, brackets, front and rear, bought Baja from Corbeau, tried every option, was suppose to fit, no way. Release latch dug into seat belt, so switched sides, driver worked but was too high, bolsters make it really tuff to get in and out. Passsenger side metal not in right place to bolt in, looked at their brackets, no way, plus was addditional $209. dollars then had to cut apart to refit and was "Bench only". Good thing Morris 4x4 gave me RMA. Going to redo old seats. Even went to "Grant" wheel for more space...is still tight fit with original seats.
The bad thing about the aftermarket wheels is they have too much dish to them. The outer rim of the stock steering wheel is on the same plane as the mounting circle. The outer rim of the aftermarket wheels is closer to the driver.
With pre '76 CJ's there are a few things to consider when it comes to seats:
1) Aftermarket seats can be made to bolt onto the original brackets, but they almost always sit too high, creating clearance issues with the roof (if you're tall) and change the view out of the windshield. They also interfere with the steering wheel, as mentioned above.
2) Also as mentioned above, it is pretty easy to find an aftermarket wheel, but they are deeper dished (the old bus wheel is big in diameter, but flat), so any gains are often negated.
3) Stock seats are always the best "fitting" option, especially if you want to retain the tool box and its access.
4) For aftermarket seats, for a "best fit" scenario, custom fab'd brackets are almost a necessity! (although there are exceptions)
I am in the same boat for my '74 CJ-6. I would be ok with reupholstering the stock seats, but they are a split bench. I ended up being given a brand new Bestop Trailmax II Sport seat, so it only made sense to buy a matcher. Now I am stuck with having to make it fit, but I should end up with a more comfortable, safer seat I can use a shoulder belt with.
FWIW I still have the original seats and steering wheel in my 73. I have set in a lot of intermediate Jeeps and the only ones i have been comfortable in has been the ones with the original seats and steering wheels. I am not a super big guy, 6'-2" 190 lbs but i have plenty of room to drive and could set there all day long and not have problems. Much better than driving my wife's Ford Ranger. She also likes to drive it (too bad I never let her) and fits well also and she is only 5' tall.