Fitting Alfa seats to an HC

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Fitting Alfa seats to an HC

Postby steff » Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:05 pm

A wee eBay flutter at the weekend saw ne pick these up last night. Looking to use the front ones in my HC as they look a good match to the Viva seats and saddle colour interior.

Anybody futted these before or have any hints/tips on fitting them?

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Re: Fitting Alfa seats to an HC

Postby hbpeter » Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:24 pm

Think 72nail has Alfa seats fitted in his blue Firenza.

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Re: Fitting Alfa seats to an HC

Postby Jon-HPF » Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:41 pm

ive fitted escort leather fronts and have now got a pair of black leather Calibre seats - ive retained the original viva sliding mechanism and did away with all the underneath bits on the new seats. made up some brackets and all ok .

most modern seats have complex runners etc which tend to make the seat sit too high - at least you know the seats will be level when attached to the viva runners (that's if you have that system and not the earlier tilt forward on hinges system)

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Re: Fitting Alfa seats to an HC

Postby 1972nail » Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:53 pm

Yes I have... I first fitted 156 seats from a 4 door because that's all I could get at the time. They required homemade subframes with hinges to allow a bit of access to the back seats, not ideal and because of the subframes a bit too high for comfort.

I have since got a set of 147 3 door seats just like the ones in the top pic. A vast improvement. My car has the early seat fittings and the 147 seats are a very simple fit. The runners are exactly the same width as the Viva ones and there are holes in the runners that line up perfectly with the original ones in the floor. I made up some hardwood spacer blocks to level everything up and bolted them straight in :D

They are a perfect height and give great access to the rear seat.
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Re: Fitting Alfa seats to an HC

Postby 1972nail » Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:57 pm

Oh, I forgot to say that you need to remove the angle bit and pointy things from the Alfa runners and of course the seat belt fittings. I also removed the complete Viva seats and runners.

The later Viva seat floor mountings appear to be totally compatable with the Alfa 147 seats but I can't be sure.
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Re: Fitting Alfa seats to an HC

Postby steff » Fri Apr 17, 2015 1:10 pm

Thanks all for the tips

Had better look at the seats last night see what you mean by the pointy bit at the end of one runner on each seat looks like it is would hack saw off.

Good news that the runners should line up mine is a 71 HC so its the old style seat base floor mounts. And the seats are heated som might get them wired up for that :twisted:

Less good is how I get rid of the seat belt pretensioner and the side airbags in the seats :( or did you just leave them in?

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Re: Fitting Alfa seats to an HC

Postby 1972nail » Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:17 pm

Just unbolted the seat belt bit and left the airbags intact.
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Re: Fitting Alfa seats to an HC

Postby drumnavee » Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:37 am

hi steff,

have already fitted the same alfa seats to my hc estate, use the rails from the alfa and remove all the viva brackets and bolt direct to floor using plastic spacers on outer most rail to level up seats

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Re: Fitting Alfa seats to an HC

Postby steff » Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:52 pm

Cheers Ray

Will put up a photo when they are fitted

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Re: Fitting Alfa seats to an HC

Postby ShaBro » Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:30 am

I'm plesaed I read this now, as I have a set of 147 seats to fit also, and was putting it off because I thought I was going to be doing a lot of head scratching!
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