Here a couple photos of the mounting tab on the seat back frame. It looks like there might be enough room in the tab to drill a hole closer to the frame, thus tilting the seat forward. I'm not sure I want to modify the frame. I'd hate for it to come apart in a wreck.
Here are a couple photos of the hinge. You can see the portion without teeth has a larger radius than the portion with.
I probably could do this myself, but it likely wouldn't be pretty and I have a few favors I can call in with my machine shop owning friend. We'll see what he says.
I met up with dranven yesterday and we determined that my seats are more or less normal.
It is kind of odd that the seat will recline all the way flat, but won't go vertical enough for me to be comfortable. They must have been designed by some low-rider driving Japanese engineer.
I got the impression they have a shop in addition the sales.
Was that your fenderless 80 I saw going south on the 101 tonight around 5:30?
Thanks for the offer, I know the electric seats well - I previously had a '97.
So the new to me 80 is a '95 and has the manual, cloth seats. The driver's seat back doesn't incline enough for my tempermental back. I like to sit very upright in vehicles.
Is there anyone with manual seats near Tempe/Chandler/Gilbert that would let me sit in their truck? I need to figure...
So I swapped the seat backs today. The bolstering is much improved, and I don't feel twisted in the seat any longer. However it did not do much to improve the reclined feeling.
The swap was pretty easy, and is a super cheap way to buy some more time from the 16 year old seat foam.
Is it possible to swap the seat backs driver's side to passenger's side? I can't come up with any reason why it wouldn't work. The seat backs should be symetrical.
I guess i'll give it a whirl tomorrow afternoon.