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Front seat 48-50 repositioning
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Dave O
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Hello; all you 48-50 lovers. I have a question. Has anyone moved the front seat back for more leg room (beyond the normal travel) At 6' 4" 250 lbs, I find the leg room is just not adequate for me. My knees feel like they are up to my chest, it is very uncomfortable. I am so surprised that a large car like this one is so small on the inside. People must have been much smaller in the forties.

My 56 has more than enough room for me. I don't even have the seat all the way back when I'm driving.

I have not taken the seat out yet, and age has taught me to ask first, not re-invent the wheel.

Dave O

Posted on: 11/3 18:59
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Re: Front seat 48-50 repositioning
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Others have moved the seat and it can be moved fairly easily as it attaches to the floor with studs having 4 nuts and washers underneath the car on each side. I would suggest a good application of penetrating fluid on the studs for a day or two before trying to remove the nuts. On the top side there is a heavy spring attached between a hole in the seat frame and a tab welded on the transmission tunnel. In addition to drilling new holes for the attachment studs you will need to reposition that tab or make another arrangement to attach the spring.

If you have an underseat heater how far you can move the seat will depend on whether it hits the seat frame. If it clears, depends on how much you want to see exposed. It is not that easy to reposition the heater because of the plumbing and particularly if it is the type where the motor body extends down thru a large hole in the floor. Same with carpet as there is probably only a few extra inches in front before unfinished floor is exposed. If a two door also consider how much rear seat passengers need to enter and exit. Also, on some models you need to watch out for the power wire(s) at the drivers side rear corner that go to the cigar lighter and any courtesy lights in the seat back.

You may need to add extra metal under the floor. Most Packards have a strip of heavy gauge stamped steel plate welded to the sheet metal where the seat stud holes are located to provide a reinforced area. Depending on how far you move the seat you may run out of reinforcement and need to add some extra. Do not skimp on this part as any crash and the nuts and ordinary size washers can pull right thru unreinforced sheet metal.

Posted on: 11/3 19:55
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Re: Front seat 48-50 repositioning
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Ross
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If you still have sufficient headroom, you might want to put some wood blocks under the seat tracks. That will stretch your legs out a tad. I have always found the seats in those cars a bit low.

Posted on: 11/3 21:26
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Re: Front seat 48-50 repositioning
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Maybe before going through all the trouble, check that the seat is going as far back as it should and not binding anywhere. I can’t speak for 1948-1950 but on my 1939, I discovered the hard way that with the seat all the way back I could not even reach the wheel much less the pedals!

Posted on: 11/3 21:32
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Re: Front seat 48-50 repositioning
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Dave, I am only short (6'1) and I am thinking about moving the the seat in my 49. But if you think a 49 Packard is squeezy, try getting into an E type Jag. Another good Packard feature is it will get better gas mileage than a V12 E type too.
Gary

Posted on: 11/6 1:31
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I should point out I have never owned an E Type, and wouldn't have one as a gift! I just work for a guy who restores them. Would rather work on a Packard any day.
Gary

Posted on: 11/7 1:11
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Tim Cole
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I love the E-type. You need a lift and a sturdy rolling powertrain table to make life livable. Once I was driving an E-type and a school bus load of kids saw me on the clover leaf. They were all pressed against the windows gawking at the thing. When I came onto the highway I dropped into third, floored it, and passed the school bus doing 90 while waving my right hand. You have to love a car like that.

Posted on: 11/7 10:39
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Re: Front seat 48-50 repositioning
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Dave O
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Thank you all for your input. Yesterday I pulled the seat. The bolts were pretty new and shinny, no problems. There is no under seat heater to worry about. The seat was all the way back. after measuring I believe I could get another 4 inches rearward by making a steel plate, bolted to the original holes, with bolts welded to the plate from underneath sicking up for mounting the tracks four inches rearward.
The spring mounting shouldn't be a problem I can just drill out the hole for the spring attachment, and put in an eye bolt adjusted to the added four inches. I never thought about lifting the seat up, this would also give me more length. I will have to experiment a bit. As far as rear seating is concerned. Yes only very small people could ride back there. But I'm the only one who drives the car, so its not a big deal.
As far as the Jaguar is concerned? well what can I say, I never had the chance to squeeze into one.

Thanks; Dave O

Posted on: 11/8 18:52
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