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How to remove rear seat back?

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Pull off the bottom.  By lifting.  Front edge first, slide it forward a bit, lift some more.


Set it aside.


At the bottom of the seat back, there are 2 metal straps that hang down.

They each have a screw in them.

Remove the screw, pull the seat back towards you slightly, then lift.


Viola, as they say in the symphony.




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4 minutes ago, TobyB said:

At the bottom of the seat back, there are 2 metal straps that hang down.  They each have a screw in them.  Remove the screw, pull the seat back towards you slightly, then lift.


The metal straps are at the midpoint of each half of the seat back, and are each held to the car with a Phillip screw.  The straps are often stuck to the tarry undercoat strips, so pull them free.  The seat back "hangs" on some tabs at the top of the body, thus the need to lift it free.

Hopefully you can see them hanging down in these pix:





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FYI, IIRC the rear seat cushions on squarelights are also held in place by a couple of screws; on roundies they're a friction fit.  But all 02s have lower screws holding the rear seat backs in place.



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I think you're right Mike, mine had one screw just beside the middle, but it is now a friction fit... since I have not put the screw back.  When I got my seat out, I found enough rust in the floor to warrant removing the bulkhead under the seat.  I have not put it back either, aside from a few little screws to temporarily keep it in place.  I hope you do not find any rusty surprises under there Zach.  


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Thanks to all!  Your posts helped. By the time I got them out i was exhausted and we were into beer and cigars. 


Thanks to F$&@-/G mice there was rust found. I knew some of it would be there. The entire seat back (like the entire rear seat bench) was nothing but mice nests. Hello Noro!


Now I'm home (6 hour drive) from my work weekend and will have some of the aftermath up on my blog later this week. 


I I just keep telling myself "it's gunna be worth it". 


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