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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-26-2012, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
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w108 driver's seat alignment

While doing some work with the driver's door open on a recently acquired 1973 280SE 4.5, I noticed that the driver's seat seemed out of alignment, canted at a shallow angle to the left. I sat in it and squared my body into the seat, and could tell that I was facing slightly to the left rather than directly ahead. Measuring against the front edge of the floor platform on which the seat is mounted, and from the straightest part of the piping on the back seat to the back of the front seat, confirmed that the orientation was about a half-inch off over 12 or so inches -- equivalent to a 3 to 5 degree angle.

I wondered why I had been fidgeting and unable to get into a comfortable driving position, and this may be it.

Does anyone know of a likely cause, adjustment or fix for this problem?

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You must remove the seat and adjust the rod between the sides and rebuild the seat pads. clean the tracks too.

The assembly trick is to put the track spring on last.

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Thank you -- this give me good guidance. I may have to have the work done rather than do it myself, but at least I know there's a solution.
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For what it's worth, I discovered the cause of this problem. Recently when I had the seat out for some upholstery work, I discovered a flattened penny wedged in the up/down track, causing one side to drag or stick when the seat position was changed!
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That makes "cents" of why you had the adjustment problem.
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