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Hi , As the new owner of a 1978 Safari 12.2, I am planning to replace the covers on the seat cushions & back pads. The ones currently in the van are not the originals. The back pads do not line up with the curved lower edge of the windows - so I am wondering if that is because the seat pads are thinner than the originals (they are 4""/10cm thick). Please could someone tell me what the original thickness was at the back of the seats (I know that the front edges were thicker), and also the top-bottom measurement of the back pad? I would like to get back as close to the original look as possible but can't stretch to replacing the foam inners. Any other handy hints would be much appreciated! Many thanks.
Tamsin - I'll measure the cushions in my Safari tomorrow. But in a 78 Safari the seat bases did not have the raised front edges they only came in with 1979-80 models. Does the shape of the downward curve match the shape of the bottom of the window? i.e. it is consistently lower all along the top edge. The main difference between your and the originals are that the originals had buttons going through them. I'll post some pictures tomorrow as well.
Brian Miller Group Founder 1978 Safari 15-4 and 1970 Volvo Amazon
Hi Brian, thank you that would be great. Yes, the top shape of the back is parallel with the lower window curve - so I could raise it a little (but then it would leave a gap at the bottom??). It's interesting that the later models had the raised edges on their seat cushions, but not 1978 model. I could easily put some buttoning back in, & if the back board is the original one - the holes should still be there! Did you get my email & photos etc from a few days ago?
Thank you for your input - it is much appreciated.