Peogeot 206 GTI seats in a 240z

The original seats for my 240z were well and truly beyond repair so I gave the skeletons away and bought a set of seats from a Peugeot 206 GTI. My entire selection criteria was basically “are they suede” which I later came to regret since they were a real pain to fit in. Nonetheless, I made it work. Here’s how.

A photo of the seats as I bought them. They’re sitting quite high as the height adjustment spaces them up quite a bit.

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First I took off the back panel. I needed to cut a chunk out of one side in order to make room for the wheel arch. If I didn’t do this, I would not be able to recline the seat at all. I also removed the side curtain air bag and seat belt mount.

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Here’s the base of the seat with the cushion and fabric removed. You can see how the height adjustment is done. It’s a parallel four bar linkage driven by a sector gear on the side with the handle. The sector gear is driven by a groovy little gearbox thing that rotates a little bit each time you push or pull the handle. It’s awesome but I threw it all away to get the seat as low as possible. I basically cut all this off and welded new mounts to put the rails hard up against the seat frame.

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This is the air bag. I still have this and am trying to think of something to blow up with it.P1015269-1600

This bit was on the underside of the seat rail. I drilled them off.P1015300-1600

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I milled the front hole into a slot. It only needed about 15mm of slotting to fit the Datsun floor mount. I then bent the adjustment bar to move the rails closer together. There was a bunch of other parts in there to slide the seats forward from the rear- so a back seat passenger could get out. This car is a 2 seater, though, so I got rid of it all.

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Not pictured below: A day and a half of putting the seat in place, umming, ahh-ing welding in situ and cutting away the bits that interfered. Also, the inertia reels could no longer be located behind the seats- I moved them back to the rear strut tower. Like I said, these were not easy to fit at all. I wouldn’t do it again but I am pretty happy with how they turned out.

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One Response to Peogeot 206 GTI seats in a 240z

  1. Aaron says:

    I’m definitely bookmarking this one. I’ve been thinking recently about getting new seats in the 280zx. Might make sure I get ones that need less modifying though..

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