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 Post subject: 356 Fibersteel GT seats
PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:05 pm 
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Hi guys,

Thought I might share a couple pics of the 356 GT seats in corduroy and red leather made by Russ Rodriguez at Fibersteel. Simply gorgeous seats and they are very comfortable. Russ is wonderful to deal with as many of the members of the Registry have previously indicated. Hope you like the seats.

Kindest regards,
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:49 pm 
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His seats are perfection! Even my fat butt doesn't make them flex and the foam is really comfortable. The only negative is that they are very heavy but I would still buy them again.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:05 pm 
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+10 on Russ and his seats!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:10 pm 
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What are these made of? They look great. I'm debating getting a set from Russ versus buying some fiberglass shells and a foam and upholstery kit.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:27 pm 
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Fibersteel seats, despite the company name, are fiberglass. Very strong, with proper strong bottom seat rail mounts. Not dune buggy stuff. Russ makes his own moulded pads which are firm but quite comfortable for long trips, considering the type seat we're talking about. You're not going to find these at normal upholstery shops.
This has been mentioned before but is worth another shot: stock Speedster seats are a steel bucket but a wooden bottom hinge mount frame. After a few years the wood and glued joints deteriorate and can break in even a small accident and seriously hurt you.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 5:06 pm 
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Why are they so heavy if they are made of fiberglass?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:35 am 
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Fiberglass IS heavy when it's thick and the reason these don't flex.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:07 am 
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Hans: They are really nice!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:09 pm 
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I have one for sale. Very lightly used, black vinyl with authentic German charcoal carpet. Came out of a Carrera 2 being returned to stock.

Edit: Seat is sold.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:05 pm 
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I know this is a very old thread, but I just ordered a set of Fibersteel GT seats for my Coupe! Can't wait. Simple red vinyl with charcoal carpet backs. Added the seat heaters for comfort on chilly days.

Very excited, as the cost is significant and I am not wealthy. Been a couple of years coming!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:44 pm 
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Sean, congrats. That is exciting. Seat heaters sound like a great idea. How much was that option? How are they powered?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:17 pm 
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Edwin I didn't even know Russ offered seat heaters until he mentioned it as an add-on. It was $200 additional. He told me today that he uses a 3 position toggle (off, low, hi) and mounts the switch to the seat bases somewhat hidden.

Apparently they'll work on 6 or 12 volt, the 6v just heats slower. I'm not yet sure how you'd wire them up. I think I'd want them powered with the key turned to ACC as I wouldn't want to leave them on by accident and drain the battery. Will post up my experience and photos when I get 'em!


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:40 pm 
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I am considering Speedster style seats for my A. I was speaking w Stefan at GTS about his seats. He offers a seat that is similar in style but has a suspension strap system for comfort. I have a bad back and can't sit for long periods in hard bottomed seats. How are these Fibersteal seats as compared to a suspension type seat? I really like the look of a traditional Speedster seat. Has anyone gotten Speedster type seats from Stefan? They are close in appearance but not exact.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:44 am 
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I am 5' 10", and I find my real GT seat to be very comfortable. The Speedster seats I have sat in are not as comfortable.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:03 am 
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HANS ABRAHAMS wrote:
Hi guys,

Thought I might share a couple pics of the 356 GT seats in corduroy and red leather made by Russ Rodriguez at Fibersteel. Simply gorgeous seats and they are very comfortable. Russ is wonderful to deal with as many of the members of the Registry have previously indicated. Hope you like the seats.

Kindest regards,
Hans


Nice Hans, how much?

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