Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
3/16/20 8:33 a.m.
nimblemotorsports
nimblemotorsports Reader
3/16/20 11:54 a.m.

Interestingly, I was contemplating the exact thing yesterday.  Did you maintain the electric controls? 

einy
einy HalfDork
3/16/20 1:59 p.m.

Oooo ... since I am on work from home status for the foreseeable future, I should do that with the GTI's passenger seat!  But, I'd need to hook up the seat heater to really make it comfortable down here in my basement "office"!

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) PowerDork
3/16/20 2:14 p.m.

I'm sitting in my usual chair, an office chair made from a Viper seat. I've had this one for over twenty years.

 

FuzzWuzzy
FuzzWuzzy HalfDork
3/16/20 2:38 p.m.

Now to figure out the armrests and heated seat function....

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
3/16/20 6:12 p.m.

I have a chair made from an E36 passenger seat that came out of my 318ti. It's very comfy. Because it was a fully manual seat, it needed no hookups. While it no longer slides or rises up, I did keep the tilt back function for when i need a small nap

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
3/16/20 6:36 p.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

I've been staring at that spare captain's chair from the van sitting in the garage & plotting how I'm going to install casters on it, so I can use it for suspension work. Or just sit in it, trying to get enough motivation to do suspension work. 

ProDarwin
ProDarwin UltimaDork
3/16/20 6:51 p.m.

Does it immediately fall over if you recline?  :P

dculberson
dculberson MegaDork
3/16/20 7:48 p.m.

I made one from a spare mr2 spyder seat!

Robbie
Robbie MegaDork
3/17/20 12:40 p.m.

Here's mine! (And yes, you can keep the power functions like recline and heat - just grab and old laptop power supply rated for 14ish volts).

https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/build-projects-and-project-cars/one-post-build-bmw-7-series-office-chair/108124/page1/

 

dculberson
dculberson MegaDork
3/17/20 12:54 p.m.

Found a pic of mine:

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/17/20 1:28 p.m.

Who's going to build one out of one of those Mercedes-Benz messaging seats?

wspohn
wspohn Dork
3/17/20 1:45 p.m.

Fiesta?  That's a fair bit of work, maybe better to choose an upmarket (and more ergonomic and comfortable) seat like a BMW M or some of the modern Jags etc.?  There are a lot of cars whose seat I would not want to spend the day in, and the Fiesta is one of them.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/17/20 2:00 p.m.

The Fiesta seats were free. smiley

EvanB
EvanB MegaDork
3/17/20 2:26 p.m.

I made one from a blue/purple velour Saab C900 seat. Now that I am working from home it is more comfortable than my normal office chair. I didn't hook up the seat heater though. 

Robbie
Robbie MegaDork
3/17/20 2:42 p.m.

In reply to EvanB :

Oh you gotta do the heater. Game changer.

Possibly even more effective if your cohabitator is always cold and you don't want to get boiled out of your own house.

Mndsm
Mndsm MegaDork
3/17/20 2:55 p.m.
FuzzWuzzy said:

Now to figure out the armrests and heated seat function....

Heated seats are as simple as a 12v power supply. 

wspohn
wspohn Dork
3/18/20 1:18 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

The Fiesta seats were free. smiley

OK, I grant you that anything with th BMW symbol won't be that cheap!

I actually spent a fair bit for my office chair but it was worth it - I got a couple of decades of comfort out of it. If this isn't going to be a constant every day use chair, ergonomics can come second.

fanfoy
fanfoy SuperDork
3/18/20 3:21 p.m.

Back seats also make great sofas. This was made from a old Maxima rear seat and makes a great addition to my living room.

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