In a Pantera, the best seat to use IS a PANTERA seat. The weakness of them is the STOCK track system.

If your car is a one person driver car then even those are sufficient.

IF you happen to have lowered floor pans, I would recommend using Corvette power seat platforms. They will give you the simple option of moving around on long trips.

It would seem though that the strength of this masochistic tendency of some owners to deny these simple facts, should be left to run it's course in order to prevent violent retaliation against innocents and foster public safety.

It just seems so obvious to me though that the Pantera at times seems to be a poster child for contraries and anti-establishment themes? It's like a magnet for them? Yikes! Eeker
Doug,

I would tend to agree with you!

In my case....I got a car....with Recaros in the car, Corvette seats outtada car, and no Pantera seats......!

There are a LOT of missing parts that I would have liked to have seen come with the car............Frowner

Ciao!
Steve
You can get a nice set from Hall. Sell the other seats. Sometimes the obvious answer IS the correct one.

Neither Recaros or Corvette seats are going to raise either the comfort level, the function or the resale value. Quite the contrary.

There is always going to be someone who needs to wear a plaid flannel suit to a black tie function. I get that...but why?
I have a set Porsche 996 turbo (911) power seats. I tried to put one in my Pantera for kicks and giggles since I had them out of my 911 for some interior upgrades.

It looked good but would not work for me without dropped floor pans. My head hit the headliner.

I am sure the electric portion of the seats eats up a lot of height space. I will throw it back in and snap a photo the next time I make it to my shop.

Devin
Thanks.
I'm guessing that i'm headed for dropped pans.
I will probably strip the electric mechanicals out so I can sit it as low as possible.

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Originally posted by Garvino:
I have a set Porsche 996 turbo (911) power seats. I tried to put one in my Pantera for kicks and giggles since I had them out of my 911 for some interior upgrades.

It looked good but would not work for me without dropped floor pans. My head hit the headliner.

I am sure the electric portion of the seats eats up a lot of height space. I will throw it back in and snap a photo the next time I make it to my shop.

Devin
Steve, the 'Vette seats and the Recaros-by-Porsche are good trading material to those who are never satisfied. All the vendors will be interested in swapping for stock.

#2- You do NOT want the '73-'74 seats intended for your Pantera. The bases & backs are welded into one piece and nearly always crack the frames after a few years. '71-'72 seats with removable backs are stronger and give you the option of adjusting back-rake on the road if desired with 5 minutes of hacksaw work.

Suggestion- both you & Linda are short so your Recaros should work fine; adjust rake to taste with spacers under the ends of the adjusting tracks. Save the new-seat money to spend somewhere else- god knows you will find plenty of other stuff you need worse...
Porsche 996 (911) turbo seats - power. This seat is slid forward and raked back so that I could sit in it. However, in this position I feel really close to the dash.

Likewise, if I move the base of the seat towards the fire wall, giving me more leg room, then my head hit the roof. I would be interested to see if a set of non-powered 911 seats would fit.

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The power platforms seem to vary on how much room they take up. 1" is about the minimum and the trucks are way up there.

The Corvette power platforms are about the most compact that you can find off of the shelf.

I used Ford Taurus platforms which I thought were more compact BUT I did do a lot of cutting and refitting of them to the new floor pan pattern. They were not just a simple bolt in.


I can't speak for the Porches, but my Audi TT has power platforms and the car has a lot of head room built into it.



I'm using Hall's Pantera seats with 2" lowered floor pans. If anything, there is too much room.

The saving grace is that these platforms also provide for raising or lowering the seat as well as forward/rearward, rake adjustment and power lumbar adjustment.

Lots of people ignore these as an option because they are the only one who drives the car BUT the cabin of the Pantera is tight. If you are going to drive it for more than a couple of hours it's nice to be able to readjust yourself every so often effortlessly. The power platforms allow this to happen.



I have Hall's recovered Pantera seats that they supply with a manually inflatable lumbar support. It is easily attached to the power lumbar pump in the seat rail assembly.

I'm not sure why so many folks need to go through this, "what seat will fit in the car" deal at all?

Put a Pantera seat in and the thing fits besides Halls being covered in a nice leather and they are very comfortable as well as opposed to the rock hard original vinyl covers and foams?

In any case, I do not think there is enough head room in the car to use a power seat platform without lowering the floor pans? That I never tried.

Some time after 1975, Detomaso installed lowered pans in all of the cars as a matter of course. It's just the USA cars that are cramped for head room.
Hi Craig, I have a customer that wants different seats in an early car. We've used the Pontiac Fiero seat recovered in logo material, but having trouble finding Fiero seats as of late. My customer has had hip surgery. He has difficulty getting into driving position, a very slow process. What he really needs is an effective seat back that allows him to get his back where it needs to be, and of course a seat with tracks [which Fiero does not allow] we bolt 'em to the floor. Do you think your seats would fit the bill? What model are they?? Thanks much.



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Originally posted by CraigCline:
Hi All,

Here's another set of old Recaro seats. They've been in my Pantera since the mid 80's, and just reupholstered in leather.

Craig Cline
Sharkey,
I have recently purchased and re-upholstered a set of C-4 Corvette seats which are readily available on ebay. They fit in the Pantera and when I get the car back next week, I can send pictures of them in the car. Attached are what they look like out of the car after the upholstery was done in black leather with red diamond stitching.

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When there is somebody into Europe who want those Fiero seats , I have a set whit the DT logo .
Seats are pulled out of Pantera # 4737.

Trade for other Pantera seats or parts is possible

I am located near Amsterdam , The Netherlands
Simon.
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Originally posted by tberg:
Sharkey,
I have recently purchased and re-upholstered a set of C-4 Corvette seats which are readily available on ebay. They fit in the Pantera and when I get the car back next week, I can send pictures of them in the car. Attached are what they look like out of the car after the upholstery was done in black leather with red diamond stitching.

Oh good, thkx

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