GT40 seats

Eddy McClements

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Looks like an original GT40, or maybe a perfect copy like the Gelscoe cars (or other faithful, exact copies). The seats aren't seats in the conventional sense - the bases are webbing straps which are stretched between welded-in mounting strips:-








The seat backs are glass-reinforced epoxy resin - GRP or fibreglass - which are separate, and retained to the firewall (by Dzus on the original cars, I think?).





@shaunybean on here has re-created them for his build. Pic above is another Gelscoe car, for no other reason than there are plenty of good pics on their website. @brianstewart re-created a pair for his CCD-chassis build; see on the Build Logs on this forum, and on Pistonheads:-


The upholstery is some form of fire-retardant nylon with minimal padding and the all-important eyelets.

What are you building?
 
Hi Eddy and thanks for advising on this.
I am building a GT Racing GT40 here in the UK. I received he chassis and some parts just before Christmas and am waiting for the balance of parts to commence properly.
I need to rethink the whole seat issue because I intend to put the car through IVA/SVA approval at the end of it all.

Any ideas if anyone makes something similar that we can buy........?

As soon as I have received the balance of parts I will start building and post photos up..
 

Andy Sheldon

Tornado Sports Cars
GT40s Sponsor
Our seats all feature the suspended webbed base which is much, much more comfortable than seating a bit of foam that squashes to nothing on a long journey.

Ask me how I know.

Thanks

Andy
 
Nick, yes, but that's customer preference. I usually fit the flat bottom of the seat directly onto a lowered floor 40mm below normal floor level ( no runners ) gives the perfect ride height for " normal " people,
 

Nick

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Nick, yes, but that's customer preference. I usually fit the flat bottom of the seat directly onto a lowered floor 40mm below normal floor level ( no runners ) gives the perfect ride height for " normal " people,
Thanks Frank, I have SGT seats as you said very like yours, and sitting in a dropped floor pan, but no "bulb" which sounds good. Nice to know I am now certified normal. :)
 
Looks like an original GT40, or maybe a perfect copy like the Gelscoe cars (or other faithful, exact copies). The seats aren't seats in the conventional sense - the bases are webbing straps which are stretched between welded-in mounting strips:-








The seat backs are glass-reinforced epoxy resin - GRP or fibreglass - which are separate, and retained to the firewall (by Dzus on the original cars, I think?).





@shaunybean on here has re-created them for his build. Pic above is another Gelscoe car, for no other reason than there are plenty of good pics on their website. @brianstewart re-created a pair for his CCD-chassis build; see on the Build Logs on this forum, and on Pistonheads:-


The upholstery is some form of fire-retardant nylon with minimal padding and the all-important eyelets.

What are you building?
So.....in reply to this, with thanks to alot of help from people in the GT40 community I am definately getting there. There has been alot of looking at photos and working things out and making of prototypes, but I think we are on the final run.

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I have however hit a bit of a road block, so I wanted to see if anyone on here knows anything. It seems (suprise suprise) that there is some differences between different car's seat, the key one which is troubling me is wether to create the lower bolsters as a seperate stiched part, or to flow the material around the bend (see the difference below, blue seats are one piece, black seat has a joined piece). A seperate piece would stop the fold looking so creased and puckered, but it does seem that a fair few of the origional cars just kept it as one piece.

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