Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Monterey, California
Ferrari Life Posts: 124
Lots of nice repies to the thread, thanks! No dream guys, but as the last poster said, it's a work in progress. I also have another thread that's under "308 vertically challenged" that has an actual photo of the cardboard mockup of the replacement seat I hoped to make. No, I'm not in the photo, just the seat mockup in the 328 cockpit.
Also in the thread is the results of the mockup, in steel (not pictured but nearly identical to the cardboard). And why it didn't work, as originally planned. However as I mentioned in the other thread, I have figured out the actual problem and (I believe) the solution. Not to keep anyone in suspense, but the problem is the small 5" high 2 1/2" wide ledge meant to support the targa roof panel behind the seats. When you include the room meant for the targa panel, there's enough space behind the seats to allow a taller driver to fit in the car, but the ledge prevents the stock seat (or any other mormal seat) to go all the way back. Only by getting rid of the seat completely, or else designing a special seat to fit all the way back- meaning a notch at the bottom to go past the ledge- can a seat be incorporated that will allow a taller driver to fit.
One might ask "how does going back make for more headroom?" The answer is this: The notch changes the driver's seating angle, which results in one's head being thrust upwards; in the case of taller drivers, past the roofline. What this means is that any small change- different seat position, thinner padding, and so on- makes all the difference, as fractions of an inch, when added up, make the difference between fitting inthe car with the targa panel on or not.
I'm getting back to working on it, now that the holidays are over. I really want to be able to drive the car, comfortably & safely; it's now been a month since I bought the car.