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    Default Seat Adjustment 1972 240z

    HELP - I AM 5' 0" AND CAN'T SEE OVER THE STEERING WHEEL. DOES ANYONE HAVE A SUGGESTION HOW TO CHANGE OR OTHERWISE ADJUST THE ORIGINAL SEATS? IT GOES FORWARD ENOUGH - I JUST NEED THE SEAT BACK TO GO UP.

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    Two things to note:

    There are plastic spacers beneath each seat that can be used to adjust the height of the seat up and downslightly. You might be able to use that same technique, perhaps with longer carriage bolts and thicker spacers to raise the seat more.

    The seat cushion is probably compressed and, more importantly, the seat straps on the bottom may be shot. New straps alone may raise your bottom up a bit. I'm in the process of recovering both of my seats with new foam, straps, and covers and I expect it to make a big difference as I've always have to move the seat all the way to the front as well.
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    Remmber Leslie, These car were built for the Japanese Market too .

    How many black spacers do you have under your seat mounting bolts now?

    From the Factory, for the U.S. Market, they had 2 between the seat rail and the mounting bracket and an extra one under the bracket. If this is what you have, loosen the seat nuts and put the third spacer with the other 2.

    In my case, At 6'2'', I had to take one out.
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    Hey, stop picking on us short dudes. Our only consolation is that we live longer and we make better jockeys. Victor.

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    Originally posted by tanny
    Hey, stop picking on us short dudes. Our only consolation is that we live longer and we make better jockeys. Victor.
    You're short too tanny? After your post about bodybuilding with Arnold, I kinda visualized you as a big strapping guy like The Governator.


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    Originally posted by tanny
    Hey, stop picking on us short dudes. Our only consolation is that we live longer and we make better jockeys.
    You'll get no argument from me. At 44, my bones ache. Of course my childhood hobbies of bashing myself up didn't help. You want to see something funny? Watch me try to get into a Ford Escort! I dreamt of racing a 1200. My buddy has one with a full cage. I can't bend enough to get into it!
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    Originally posted by Victor Laury
    You'll get no argument from me. At 44, my bones ache. Of course my childhood hobbies of bashing myself up didn't help.
    Hey Victor, just wait until you hit 50 It doesn't get any better as time goes on.

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    Oh, I definitely know what turning 50 means! I'm 53 and have rheumatoid arthritis along with a bunch of other autoimmune lovelies, so getting into and out of the Z is an act of faith. I'm always wondering if the next time I'll have to get a ramp and roll out of the door in order to exit the car. So much for being a health freak most of my life. Now I try to do as many unhealthful things as I can(without croaking) to make up for lost time. Yes, I am only 5 feet and 6.5 inches tall(notice I have to grab that extra .5 inch) and shrinking rapidly. Standing next to Arnold I kind of disappeared, even though I weighed 205 and had 20.25 inch arms. Competitive weight was only 165(no steroids). Victor.

    ps I put as many black spacers under the seat as would fit. Don't remember how many on each bolt.
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    What are you grousing about I have 12 yrs on tanny. I have trouble getting up after lying on the concrete painting POR on the underside of the 240 . I now have a POR tattoo like Mike Tyson has on his cheek. and a sore everything . Enjoy the ride , my car is in pieces . As for the seats look to the foam and the straps in the seat bottom as mike said as well as spacers you can use pipe fittings for spacers if needed .

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    Geeze, I can't imagine getting another 12 years out of this thing that poses as a body. I have to warm up just to get out of bed. Speaking of raising seats, you should see my sister(5'0, 90 pounds) doodling down the road in her rickety old 1974 Datsun B210 she bought new. All you see from the front are two little eyeballs straining to see over the top of the steering wheel. She'd need two stacked suitcases and stilts to drive the Z. She's nuts. She's a millionaire(all earned from waitressing, smart real estate investments, and no kids) and refuses to use any other car as her daily driver. She does however have a Pierce Arrow and two Model Ts for short trips. Victor.

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    I just took the drivers seat out today adn I think this will give you a bit of extre height.
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    This hight issue, I am sure the home market S30 model had an extra seat carriage assembly that extended the forward reach and also provided a higher ride position. Maybe this factory item is still available somewhere.
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