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    Post  mattlarthur on Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:34 pm

    i have a 77 caprice coupe. i can not get the seat to slide back far enough. i'm 6'2" and i think the seat should move back at least 3 or 4 more inches on it's tracks. i have removed the seat but did not see a way to adjust the slider. am i missing something? the guy i bought it from is 5'5", so he never noticed this. there are threaded studs in the floor pan, so the seat only goes into one position when installed. any help will be appreciated.
    Sweet Seventy9
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    Post  Sweet Seventy9 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:35 pm

    When you move the handle it pulls on a wire attached to a lever on a pivot. The opposite end of the lever that the wire attaches to pivots into the movable part of the seat track (slider) holding it from moving. When pulled on, it pivots out of the seat track allowing the seat to move forward and back. Also attached to the pivot lever is a second wire that goes across to the same type of pivot lever on the other side of the seat. One movement of the handle moves both pivot levers.

    Here's things I've come across through the years:
    One or both slider tracks are rusted in place.
    One or both pivot levers were rusted in place.
    One or both "wires" were broken, usually caused by rusting through.

    All easily fixable.

    If the wires are broken, just move the pivot levers one at a time by hand and slide the rail to the desired position.
    If anything is rusted in place, remove it and soak it in a rust converter until it frees up.

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