Seats…December 19, 2012
One of the best things I did for the C170, was to have Ron Matta at Aviation Creations in AZ redo the seats. It really did make a huge difference (and saved a bunch of weight,) and I was hell bent on doing the same thing for the Skywagon.
The wire frames are removed, subs are stripped, powder coated, and sent along to Ron. He then heat shrinks nylon to the frames, and builds up memory foam cushions. (super comfy.)
One of the things that the previous owner of my Skywagon was really proud of were the rear seats he had field approved and installed. During the install, he had all four seats custom upholstered with sheep skin and are actually really soft and comfy.
Although nice, I was sold on Ron working his magic, which meant the covers (if I used them) were going to have to be destroyed which would be a shame. What to do???
After a bit of searching (and scrounging) I ended up finding a pilot and co-pilot seat from the same 66 model year at Wentworth Aircraft. The upholstery on these are junk, but that doesn’t matter. The frames and mechanisms are sound, and are going to be the perfect foundation for the new seats.
The plan is to strip down these new seats, revitalize them, and send them off to Ron for a new ultra-light finish. (If your interested in a nice matching set of 4 sheep skin seats, give a shout. They will be going up on eBay this week. Use the Kenmore STC, or use my 337 paperwork for field approval. I will include the Cessna seat rails for the back seats. Rears have headrests, pilot is articulating, copilot standard.)