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    Default folding rear seats complete

    thinking this through, folding rear seats.

    I am thinking the ass part of the rear seat could be hinged on the front lower edge so that it lifts and stands up,, then the back folds down.

    cut away the x brace in the rear, shore up the package tray with uni-strut there you have it,, more trunk space when the back seats are not in use.

    the ass part is skinny, the back is tall.. that's my problem right now.

    not really interested in other car pieces that do this because judging from the floor pans for the rear, they would never work well,, our rear seat area is not flat,,,, then again I suppose it "could" be.
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    How about leaving the bottom stationary. Create a slotted track with a pivot point on the bottom corners of the rear seat upright and then create a slotted fastening system at the top rear of the back of the seat so that it can slide up and come down to lock into position sort of like how some of the shelving units out there fasten together. The back could then be raised up, released from the top slot on the back and then folded forward to lay on top of the seat bottom. Just thinking out loud and roughly based on how I created some luggage space behind the rear seat on a street rod I built about 20 years ago.

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    I'm sure something could be done with SN95 hardware (they do have folding seats, don't they? I really don't know - if they don't, just ignore this post). Disassemble the SN95 seat back and the T-Bird seat back, and with some creative welding make one out of the two, then reupholster in the T-Bird's soft stuff, nipping and tucking as necessary...
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    For what it's worth, hatchback fox mustangs have folding rear seats too...
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    Carm..yes, SN95 Stangers have folding seats...except for (obviously) the convertibles.
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    None of those seat backs fit our cars that well, though...tried them all...

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    we will be doing this mod using our existing seats.
    we will use the existing upper back rest tie bars which "hook over" the chassis hooks.
    we will add pivot points into the rear wheel wells (pending)
    we will modify the upper chassis hooks such that through friction you pop the seat back rest onto the chassis hooks.
    we will omit the chassis "hook" in the center
    we will be using the chassis hooks on the pass and driver side only.

    this way all you do is pull and push to latch

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    Here is a rearview completely gutted
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    Nice to see this topic. I was hoping for more discussion for years about the removal of the cross braces behind the seats. Some people mentioned something about them helping general structure, so I stopped cutting mine out. I don't see how welding some stronger beams along the top and sides would be any worse though.

    For me, I want them gone for better mounting of infinite-baffle subs.

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    StandbY

    Seems as though boy genius has a plan

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