Replaced A Car Seat

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A while ago, J’s friend got a little over excited in her car, a 1994 Toyota Celica, and damaged the passenger-side front seat.  We lived with that seat, slightly broken, for over a decade.  A few months back, it broke completely.  Eventually, I was able to make a temporary fix to the seat.  The problem was at the two hinges on each side.  One of them was completely warped and snapped and the other came loose (See above).  But that fix I made did not stick one day when my 6‘4” brother in law took a ride with me to El Farolito.

So, J found a few new seats we could buy, but later on, she found a link to some car recycling centers that might have a seat or two that we could check out.  We found one that was not too far away, called
M&S Recycling that carried Toyotas.  It’s in Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento, which is a two hour drive. 

We drove there, and there wasn’t much to the front.  When they opened up the door to the back, I was amazed.  I’d never seen anything like it.  It had stacks of rows of cars that had been in accidents.  They showed us a few Celicas from our year, and while none of the upholstery was an exact match, we found one that was good enough for what we needed.  I was planning on putting seat covers on anyways.

We drove home with a stop off at
Zachary’s Pizza and were very happy to have a stock seat.

Installing the seat was a lot less difficult than you’d think.  It’s just four bolts at each of the corners of the seat.  If you also plan to do something like this, just remember to make sure the seat is in a locked position when you’re undoing the bolts or else it’ll slide around unnecessarily.  Slide it back to get the front bolts and forwards to get the rear ones, and voila! you’ve got a stock car seat installed.


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