Ever since I saw some assorted seats at a local all toyota yard a while back - I've been thinking of using the '00+ GT/ GTS seats in different older celicas and supras. They are impressively light, simple and look decent - a great option to replace trashed original seats or a cheaper light seat. I weighed them and they are right around 25-28lbs (compared to the p-type seats that weigh about 45lbs). One thing I found out while looking into doing this was that some of these seats have optional side air bags so they might be heavier and cost more.
I mentioned using the GTS seats to Forrest (LnumbP) after he bought Andrews (MooSeviSion1) '86 since the leather p-type seats were trashed and he said he wanted to try it. I just finished it early this morning and thought I'd share.
Here is a quick write up on how I did it but just be clear, this is just one way out of a dozen ways to do this. After discussing this w/ Forrest, this ended up being the best way since it was probably the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to get these installed; it didnt require any welding or major custom fabrication - mainly just some modification to the GTS seat tracks.
I started by cutting off the pin that is on the bottom of the front side of the track, then bending the braket to match the MKII seats. Also needed to oval out the holes slightly (the seat tracks are almost the same distance apart but the mounting brakets are not).
On the back, the GTS seats are completely different - I drilled out the rivets and spot welds and removed them all together.
The rails are almost spot on to the original rear mounting holes - its just that the GTS rails are longer. I just cut away the top side of the rail to allow access for the bolt and drilled a new mounting hole. You can also cut off the extra length of the track at the rear - it will work either way. Lastly - I ground the head of the rear bolts down some to clear the seat track when it is slid back.
It all sounds simple enough, which it is - just tedious and time consuming.
The GTS seats have the belt buckle on the seat - at first I was just going to use the original MKII set up and took the GTS buckle off but after seeing the seat installed and thinking of the different set ups - I decided to take the MKII buckle and set it up like the GTS and attach it to the seat. Either way would work, but having the buckle on the seat is a better set up and a cleaner install.
This is the original GTS buckle;
This is the MKII one installed. I didnt get a pic of it but there is a trim cover that goes over all this...
Here they are installed. In the first pic, you can see how trashed the leather p-type seats are. Also, I didnt do the driverside belt buckle yet, its still the original MKII set up.
Overall, a huge improvement! They are really comfortable and pretty supportive (not as good as the p-type seats cranked all the way in though). The color match is perfect (pics dont show it that well). As far as I know, the GT seats come in black/ grey cloth, black/ red cloth, or black/ blue cloth w/ black leather as an option - and GTS's all pretty much had black leather. The red and blue cloth is very subtle - just an accent. I'm not sure what these seats go for other places, but I was able to get these for Forrest for $150 - I know the yard well so I'm assuming I got a decent deal (though I didnt check anywhere else to compare; but my yard is local and had them).
Drove it around a bit when finished and they work nice. Forrest is taking a long trip to the beach this weekend so I'm sure he'll have some decent feedback by the time he gets back.
Wasnt sure if this should be in the picture section or the interior section - feel free to move it if needed.