Miata seats are asymmetrical just like a TR6 so there's
a driver's seat and a passenger's seat and the two are
not interchangeable. Make sure you mark the pieces
Driver or Passenger.
of getting seats from a junk yard is...........they
probably haven't been protected from the weather. When I
pulled these out of the car they weighed a ton and the
foam was pretty wet. Much to my surprise, the foam dried
pretty quickly and was in very good shape. The seat pans
however, needed some special attention due to all the
rust covering and penetrating them.
Here's the driver
pan all covered in scaly rust.
side was a little worse with those big holes
eaten away on the edges.
Don't forget to
cut off the seat belt bracket.
of the seat pans reminded me a little of my
Nissan Diff when I first got it. So it was time to
use up the left over POR-15 from two years ago but
first.............it's angle grinder wire wheel time.
angle grinder is dangerous enough and hitting rust with
a wire wheel compounds the danger so wear gloves, a face
mask and eye protection. It's unbelievable how much rust
dust is created, and without a face mask, you'll be
blowing brown gunk out of your nose for a quite a
while.........and it can't be good for your lungs.
One pan done and
one to go!
This is the
passenger side and you can see where the
rust has eaten right through.
POR-15 is a three step process........well four if
you count getting a two year old used can opened!
Actually I used Saran Wrap under the cover and it
opened up pretty easily. The first step is to clean
it with their Marine Clean. Step Two is their Metal
Prep and Step Three is a couple of coats of POR-15.
Let's take a
look at how the seat rails
work and come apart.............