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Cars We Drive!

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Bert1568, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    My uncle had a 81 300SD that he bought new and drove it for about 30 years. He finally had to get rid of it because his mechanic told him the rear end was dangerously close to dropping off of the car due to rust. But like Dino stated: the engine outlived the body
     
  2. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    I almost got rid of 2 year old sensible family sedan for an 89 911 when my marriage went kaput. I figured a baby seat could fit in those lil back seat. I ended up not doing it because the stroller wouldn't fit in the boot
     
  3. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    hope you are doing better these days.
     
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  4. Dino944

    Dino944 Senior member

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    I love the lines of the old G series 911s. You probably could have fit a baby seat in the back...but yea, there was no way a stroller would fit unless you bought a Cabriolet and drove with it on one of the back seats with the top down. Years ago I saw the aftermath of a guy who threw his golf bag filled with clubs in the front boot of a 964 Turbo. He slammed the hood down and the club heads left several big upward protruding dents across the hood. The dealer was having a "Paintless dent specialist" look at the hood to see if anything could be done to fix it without sending the car to a body shop.

    PS. Hope things are better for you these days.
     
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  5. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    so guys, what do you think about Aftermarket bucket seats?

    Subaru quoted $1,200 for just the oem skin to cover my drivers seat. i'm looking at seats. and am concerned a fixed bucket could be hard to live with. as i wrecked my back a few years ago.
    are they actually comfortable? what seats do you recommend? (driver only)




    edit: omg omg omg, i have an idea. a seat padded with a layer of foam beans, backed by memory foam. "The bean bag bucket" seat. [​IMG]
     
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  6. Rumpelstiltskin

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    Oh it fit. I tested it out. lol. In the course of about 3 months I went from wanting a 911, a 88 M6 and a 6 speed Acura Legend Coupe. My head was all over the place in those days. Family gossip about an early mid-life crisis and hearing whispers of "Rumples has lost his mind" stopped me from doing anything too rash
     
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  7. Dino944

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    $1,200 ouch! Are there any places in your area that have wrecked cars being parted out ? Maybe you could replace the seat for less that way.

    If by fixed buckets you mean non-adjustable (except for how close it is to pedals and wheel). and probably some sort of memory foam...I'm not a fan of them. A friend has that type of seat in his Porsche Boxster Spyder, and I find them a hassle to get in and out of. For me they are ok once I am seated in them, but I don't love them in terms of overall comfort and would never opt for them on my own car. However, my friend and several Porsche guys who are into keeping the cars as light as possible love the Porsche Sport Buckets.

    I would not buy any seat that I didn't sit in first. People's comfort levels vary and if you have back problems you don't want to spend money on a seat only to find its not a good fit for your frame. If you were going aftermarket...I'd probably go with Recaro. They are a very respected brand, have been around for decades and are an OEM supplier for several companies.
     
  8. Dino944

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    I like all of those car possibilities!!! But probably best that you behaved yourself!
     
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  9. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    my factory seats are Recaro's. and they are comfortable. but the driver's seat has a hole in the side bolster. which could be sewed up with some denim or something. but as my car is a keeper. i have been browsing seats. with the idea of buying a sort of comfortable lightly used seat that looks like i chose it to be there.

    advice i got was Bride seats are cheaper. and great. but Recaro fabric lasts longer. looking to save on costs where i can. something like this was the plan.
    http://www.upgarage.com/upgarage/stock/1/2/1610209001242/160?size=l
    what do you think?

    also not sure about staying close to period correct, or just modernizing it. i'm afraid to lose the oem flava.
     
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  10. gong

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    you could look into braum, im considering them for my next seats.
     
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    Couldn't you take the seats to an upholsterer to get recovered? OEM covers are always expensive but someone could add some extra padding for you then add some alcantara here and a little leather there and make some nice covers. I dated a girl whose dad was an upholsterer and he recovered quite a few cars. I remember a guy wanted some seats to match his teal EG hatch. The teal matched (possibly vinyl) for the sides/bolsters and the centers were this wavy black fuzzy fabric. It was ugly but the guy loved them.
     
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  13. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    sadly no, they have a really particular fabric. and the only thing rarer than a gc8 sti, are seats without holes in the bolsters. . [​IMG]

    a Blue/black GDB interior fits, and is more durable. but would A: perhaps take away from it's disguise as a stock car. and B:make me look even more like a Golden State Warriors fan. [​IMG]

    it really is a hard question. and has been on my mind for over a year now. help me. . . . .

    well, 1 benefit of a fixed bucket is the seating position. gah. fml.
     
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    I'm a bigger fan of Recaro's offerings than those from Bride. But more importantly, if you do a lot of driving are they both equally comfortable for you? You definitely need to try out the Bride seats to see if they fit you as well and are as comfortable as your factory seats. If yes...then it becomes a question of whether to stick with period correct based on the rarity of the car, or whether change it up and enjoy the car as a more modern interpretation of the original.

    As you know, to most collectors in the US, period correct is generally the most desirable (but that only matters if you have plans to sell it). I always favor period correct with my own cars, so I am biased in that way. If I were buying a pre-owned car, especially a fun performance car for myself, I only ever consider and look at period correct cars. Aftermarket/ modernized cars are not really my thing. However, what you enjoy and how Japanese collectors value or view period correct vs modern might be different than my preference. In the end, you should probably do what will make the car the most usable and enjoyable to you. Wishing you luck with whatever you decide.
     
  16. ridethecliche

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    Why not just recover them? Doesn't have to be original color either. Or you can find seat covers.
     
  17. HRoi

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    Buying a 911 hardly qualifies as something "rash" in my book
     
  18. SirReveller

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    It's more like a mid-life "realization" IMO

    ie that life's too short to have the bank for a fun cool car and not be driving one.

    *escape clause may not apply to Harleys.
     
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  19. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    @ridethecliche You sir, are a Genius. [​IMG]
    scouring Yahoo Japan auctions, And your comment came to the forefront of my mind, while looking at yet another passenger seat. then it dawned on me.
    "Why not Thrift the skin fabric from a passenger seat, to re-skin my drivers seat?"
    [​IMG]

    Money saved, OEM look intact.
    Genius. [​IMG]
     
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  20. yorkshire pud

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    Porsche 911 = considered

    Ferrari/Lamborghini/Aston Martin = crisis :)
     
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