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Old 12-12-2018, 03:40 AM   #131
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I also switched to internal sleeves all around as it speeds up the cutting and welding. You can be off a couple mm's and not a big deal.
Iíve been wondering about this.
Where are the sleeves, and what sizes are you using?
A write up would be truly welcomed.
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Old 12-12-2018, 03:44 AM   #132
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Iíve been wondering about this.
Where are the sleeves, and what sizes are you using?
A write up would be truly welcomed.
You need 4 internal tubes basically.

2 x 5/8" diameter
1 x1.75"
1x1" I think. This is already in the seat end. You just use a socket extension and a 17mm socket and hammer it into the other side.

Works perfect!

It acts as reinforcement and makes the cuts easier. Use a cut off wheel for the cuts. Too hard to get straight cuts with sawzall. Make your cuts. Measure to retain spacing.
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Old 12-13-2018, 03:28 AM   #133
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sprinterPaul:

I like your jig to hold the seat sections in alignment - this, and the internal sleeves, makes the welding a sure thing. Great contribution to the Seat-mod effort!

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Old 02-01-2019, 04:03 PM   #134
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Default Re: Bench seat - making a 3-seater into a 2-seater

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You need 4 internal tubes basically.

2 x 5/8" diameter
1 x1.75"
1x1" I think. This is already in the seat end. You just use a socket extension and a 17mm socket and hammer it into the other side.

Works perfect!

It acts as reinforcement and makes the cuts easier. Use a cut off wheel for the cuts. Too hard to get straight cuts with sawzall. Make your cuts. Measure to retain spacing.
Nice work, SprinterPaul! Any chance you can provide a little more detail about the internal sleeves you are using: what gauge, and length? Any pics of that part of the process?
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Old 02-01-2019, 04:13 PM   #135
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Nice work, SprinterPaul! Any chance you can provide a little more detail about the internal sleeves you are using: what gauge, and length? Any pics of that part of the process?




My local metal shops don't stock these odd ball sizes. So I paid a bunch thru mcmastercarr

I use enough length to overlap the tube. Just a few inches. You are just using it to keep it all aligned and create strong bonds. The uprights in the bench create all the strength not the cross bars.





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Old 02-10-2019, 06:57 PM   #136
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Anyone know someone in the northwest who can perform a three-to-two bench seat conversion?
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Old 03-07-2019, 02:25 PM   #137
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I am finally back up and running in Quebec City, Quebec. just uncrated and put oil in my sewing machines and welder is functional. Shop is not completely done yet (is it ever), but... So anyone in QC or the NE USA, or anyone looking to do a drive, I can convert 3 to 2 person sprinter seats again.
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Old 03-08-2019, 09:28 PM   #138
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Hi coguzzi, I am still in the market, but unfortunately my season is about to begin.
Do you have any converted seats that you could sell? I can't afford to not have a seat for weeks at a time.
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:48 PM   #139
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Thanks to all of the contributors on the seat conversions. Although it seemed to take a while to do, and also because I was designing/building the galley in parallel, it is mostly complete. After about 2 1/2 years of figuring out what we needed and optimal layout, the factory-style 2 seater was a key component for getting it all to work out. I even got to sew it up on this 1950's era piece of German engineering, PFAFF 130.
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Old 04-30-2019, 12:13 AM   #140
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Excellent and exactly what Iím looking for.

How much space from the left edge of seat to the wall? How wide is your cabinet??


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