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Ever seen a 240Z with a backseat?

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Hey Guys...I was at a get-together with my Z club a couple of weekends ago and one of the members who's very familiar with 240s (been to many shows for many years) said he has never seen another Z with a backseat like the one in mine. My '72's original owner was an Air Force officer who had a 5 year-old son at the time he bought the car. He bought an optional backseat so he could take his wife and son for drives. The seat is made of plywood with a vinyl and foam covering, and consists of two portions. The lower cushion justs lifts out (no hardware), and the upper cushion is fastened with nuts to the upper shock towers, and also screwed into two of the holes that originally held the forward halves of the luggage straps. It's well made and still in good shape. It's a great place for the Yorkie (see photos) to ride. BTW, the drift wood visible in one photo is there because I read these cars are popular for drifting...I haven't noticed much of a difference since putting the wood in the car, though :sick:.

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That is unique in my experience also. I wonder who made them?

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Arne...there is a manufacturer's name on the underside of the lower cushion: "Del Mar Mfg., Box 281, Scottsdale Ariz." (barely visible at the top of the 2nd photo). I read your blog about your yellow and red 240s...excellent info for all on here. I had pondered upgrading my suspension with stiffer springs and shocks, but now will probably keep the original springs and go with Gabriel struts after reading about your travails. In 40 years my 92k mile Z has only sagged about 1/2 an inch at all 4 wheels, so the original springs are still good. Thanks for staying on here after selling your red Z...is there another 240 in your future?

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...is there another 240 in your future?
Not that I can see at this time, but I won't rule out the possibility.

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I've seen a couple of them - they were well made. One owner here in Clearwater had one, haven't seen him in quite a few years. As I recall there was an article about them in one of the old Z Car Club Of America newsletters. Nonetheless they are rare today... There was also another manufacturer that offered a fiberglass bucket seat arrangement that fit in the same way.

FWIW,

Carl B.

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That looks very unsafe but cool :)

I can't tell you how many times I rode in the back (no seat) of my friends 240Z and/or had a passenger in the back of my 240Z. This was back in the early 80's during my college years. I'd never do it now.

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The pup is Sassy (rhymes with "pain in the ..."). I bought her 2 years ago for my 13 year-old daughter, and the dog was supposed to go to my place 6 nights, and her mother's place the remaining 8 nights of each 2 week period. After Sassy relieved herself once on the exes' fancy carpet, I was told Sassy was mine all the time. She's a great co-pilot when tooling around in the Z and helped introduce (lure in) my fiancee. The driftwood was found during a trip "creeking" with my daughter. The back seat is actually useable for the 3 block trip to DQ (I take back streets) if Chloe scrunches in sideways...only used when she wants to take one of her gal pals there.

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By the location of where someone would sit, you only have about 21" of clearance. This would be ok for a cooler, but that's about it. Very Unsafe in my opinion.

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This brings back memories... although I didn't have a seat in my '71, I remember driving from Portland, OR all the way to San Diego, CA with a passenger in the center. It was my GF at the time. My sister was in the passenger seat. We all took turns driving, napping in the back, and sitting in the passenger seat. All I remember is sitting in the middle like that is not very comfortable. You either have to be a kid or a very small adult to sit in a seat like the one on this post. We used to lay down with our feet out the front and our head looking straight up through the hatch glass. There were no seat belt laws or airbags. God, I'm starting to sound like an old guy.

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Yeah, I laugh when I think of trying to sit back there. That seat appears to be much like the rear jump seats in my Porsche. What purpose do they really serve? The rear buckets in a 911 are about 12-13" across (too narrow for any adult I know), and the head room is only sufficient for people shorter than about 4'6". I clearly remember a line from a magazine years ago about the rear seats in a 911 being good only for small children or adult cats. I suppose small dogs would count, too. Pretty accurate...

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I did 80 miles in the back of a gen1 RX7 and 1 mile on the deck of a Fiero and ~.5 mi hanging on to the rear bumpers of various oil trucks in the icy snowy winters of Newfoundland. That rear seat looks like pure luxury! :)

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I have two toy schnauzers that love to go on car rides! If you remember the old Nissan commercials, then you will understand why schnauZers love Z's! :)

Robert S.

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I have a future plan to install 280z 2+2 seats or z32 rear seats onto my '72 240z since I have little kids.

I think if I remove the boxes behind from seat, it looks almost as same as 2+2 like this.

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However, I haven't seen photo or real one that none 2+2 240z/260z/280z installed 2+2 seats yet.

If someone has photos, please let me know.

Thanks,

tamo3

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Tamo3 and Carl...wow, that IS the seat! I think it could easily be duplicated if any of you out there were so inclined. I'm willing to take pictures of the metal mounting pieces if anyone is interested. An upholstery shop could easily cover the wood pieces.

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Back when I was young and stupider, I rode in the hatch of a Z, superman style. I think we got up to about 115mph. I would NEVER do that with what I know now. Age makes you wiser. Cool jump seat. My dad made a wooden one for his Alfa Duetto when I was born. Rode in it for three years...the good old days.

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Seems like if you had a strut tower bar that you could anchor the seat and a seat belt to you could create a relatively safe seat.

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Seems like if you had a strut tower bar that you could anchor the seat and a seat belt to you could create a relatively safe seat.

Especially if you held an inflated beach ball in your lap to serve as an airbag in case of rapid deceleration....;)

Dennis

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My Dad used to take me, my brother and sister (ages 12, 10 and 8) to school every morning in his '72 240Z, two of us laid out in the back for the ten mile trek into town.  Seatbelt laws be damned!  Actually, that memory is one of the reasons I bought and restored this dad gum thing.  :P

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That is so cool, I hought about trying to build something like this but with seat belts for when I did need an extra seat, it would be horribly uncomfortable but with seatbelts it would pass around here, and would come in handy when needed.

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