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#1 wadeenie

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Posted 24 June 2020 - 04:06 PM

In the pursuit of gaining more legroom for the longer cruises, I am thinking of notching the rear companion bin so that it doesnt stop the seat sliding backwards.
Would it be okay to move the seatbelt bracket further away or lower?
I have attached some lousy pics for some help to understand my ramblings

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#2 dyshipfakta

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Posted 24 June 2020 - 04:37 PM

You may get away with lower but further back will jam up and be very difficult to pull out. It has to be pretty much vertical to the pivot point on the pillar

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Posted 24 June 2020 - 04:37 PM

You may get away with lower but further back will jam up and be very difficult to pull out. It has to be pretty much vertical to the pivot point on the pillar

#4 wadeenie

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Posted 24 June 2020 - 04:58 PM

Ah that's the sort of info I wanted, obviously I overlooked that. Maybe further back at an angle to line up would work?

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Posted 24 June 2020 - 06:30 PM

Wood & Pickett used to shorten the rear companion bins on Minis as an option to allow more adjustment of larger Recaro style seats.

Item 29 on the 1976 W&P price list:-

https://margrave-min...elist 04-76.pdf

 


Edited by mab01uk, 24 June 2020 - 06:37 PM.


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Posted 24 June 2020 - 09:28 PM

There were inertia reels that mounted on the same point as the belt end at the bottom of the door post. I don't know if that'd give you enough room for your particular seat - or if you can find suitable belts.

 

Another point is how well the belt will still sit across your should & operate if you move the seat back further than the seat belt mountings.



#7 nicklouse

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Posted 24 June 2020 - 09:35 PM

BOM did a mod on Binky. cant remember which episode it was but it was one with Brackets in it.



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Posted 24 June 2020 - 10:05 PM

I have considered a similar mod at various times myself. Specifically cutting the bin down in height W&P style.

The big seats (Spi type) are really comfy but hit the companion bins with not much angle of recline. Especially using the rearmost bracket hole and the seat right back.
I'd like a bit more recline-ability, and to stop the seat back getting a hole in it from wearing as it rubs on the bin.

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Posted 25 June 2020 - 10:22 AM

I think you'd get away with either lower or further back (or both).

 

I don't think the relationship between the reel and the top mount is too important as long as the reel stays vertical.

The reel position also doesn't affect how the belts cross your body.   But..... if your seat goes back significantly then that will as (at extreme) you'll end up sat behind the belts



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Posted 25 June 2020 - 03:56 PM

I remember seeing a picture on here somewhere of an Innocenti mini which as standard had a joggled profile on the top of the companion bins, so that they stepped down at the forward edge, allowing the backrest of the seat to go a bit further back before hitting it. I was going to copy this mod on my late model car, but never did. If I can find it, I'll post the link here. 



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Posted 25 June 2020 - 04:10 PM

Here you go, if you see the pictures in Post #3, there's a good shot of the rear companion bin I mentioned. 

 

http://www.theminifo...rt-restoration/


Edited by rich_959, 25 June 2020 - 04:10 PM.


#12 wadeenie

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Posted 25 June 2020 - 04:46 PM

Cheers for all your replies I really like the idea of the innocenti rear bins. And hopefully I wont have to move too far back as your right I'd go past the B pillar and be behind the seatbelt.

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Posted 26 June 2020 - 11:53 AM

If you want better pictures of the Innocenti bins I can take some for you later. I should be heading over to the workshop this afternoon. 






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