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#2168760 - 10/25/10 09:44 PM Power Seat Install
lmrogp Offline
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Registered: 01/02/09
Posts: 100
Loc: NV

My 2007 PI came with a manual drivers seat that was not in good shape and made driving uncomfortable...so I decided to take the plunge and put in a power seat. Seeing as how the car is pre-wired on the driver's side, all I needed was a new seat and a door panel. I managed to find these thanks to car-part.com, and went ahead with the project.

First I removed the original panel...




The new door panel was not as clean as my original, so I swapped out the switch section, based on an approach I saw in another thread. My original...



The new panel, front (more scratched than it appears in this pic)...



and back...



The swap took some drilling...



Some cutting...





And some epoxy...





While the epoxy set I moved on to seat removal. My car already had one headless front seat bolt on the passenger side, thanks to the previous owner, so my plan was to soak the other three in PB Blaster over a couple of nights, and then remove them cleanly. I treated them from above and below...waited...began the removal process...



And ended up with this...



I was careful in my removal attempts, but the heads snapped clean off two of the three front bolts - one of them did come out cleanly. As for the rear bolts I had no problems, I was able to cleanly remove the flange nuts from both the large and small bolts. So my next step was to remove the front bolts from below. I confidently busted out my 10" vise grips, grabbed a tight hold, and wasted 20 minutes of my life in a futile attempt at getting those rusty stumps to move. Titanium drill bits are a wonderful thing...15 minutes later I had drilled out the three front bolts from above and was able to move on with the project. I used a 5/16" bit, which is just about the same size as the original Ford 8mm bolt. You just need to be careful and center the drill bit on the snapped bolt, it can be tricky to get started because the surface is likely not flat and the bit will travel if you are not careful. Starting with a smaller bit makes sense, to create a pilot hole of sorts.

I cleaned up the PB Blaster residue on the rubber floor, and was now ready to install the new drivers seat and my passenger seat. I used anti-seize on all the bolts, here's the back...



As for the front, I used grade 8 hardened steel 5/16" flange bolts, thick washers and lock nuts. Decided to go with the up and under approach, as it protected the nut and threads from the elements...







Connecting the power seat was a snap, everything was there and easy to plug in...



The new power seat works perfectly, and in addition to the power positioning, it provides much more support than the original beat up manual seat...





Driving the car is now a complete pleasure, as I finally have a comfortable, supportive and adjustable seat. It really makes a big difference.

At this point, I am waiting for the PB Blaster stench to fade...I think it is lessening, but only time will tell. I took steps to keep it from getting underneath the rubber floor, but the odor tells me that some of it got by. The Liquid Wrench penetrating oil is supposed to be far less smelly, and I would probably use that in the future. I'm eventually going to put in carpet, which will give me a chance to fully clean the floor.
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2001 Ford Crown Victoria P74, Blue, 150k+ (Stripped, RIP)
2007 Ford Crown Victoria P71, Dark Blue, 80k (Sold)
1997 Ford Crown Victoria P71, White, 200k+ (Sold)
1988 Ford Crown Victoria P71, Dark Blue (Donated)
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#2168787 - 10/25/10 10:27 PM Re: Power Seat Install [Re: lmrogp]
ShireHorse Offline
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Registered: 11/27/07
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Loc: Evansville, IN
Good job! Also,I love the blue!
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#2168802 - 10/25/10 11:11 PM Re: Power Seat Install [Re: ShireHorse]
sablesurfer Offline
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Registered: 08/15/10
Posts: 90
Loc: Middle of Country
Cool work, you may inspire me to continue with my plans. (Had put leather into last CVPI, but that died, so leathers came out but new CVPI has not power...:^( )

If really as you show, I could get switches from junk yard. Too bad passenger sides aren't prewired.

OH, and good pics of the project!


Edited by sablesurfer (10/25/10 11:11 PM)

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#2168824 - 10/25/10 11:47 PM Re: Power Seat Install [Re: sablesurfer]
optik Offline
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Excellent write-up, thanks!
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#2168837 - 10/26/10 12:10 AM Re: Power Seat Install [Re: optik]
99_03PantherS Offline
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Registered: 03/22/03
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Loc: NW side Chicago
Nice write up.
Should travel to the junkyard and pick up some covers for the seat mounts.
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#2168881 - 10/26/10 06:14 AM Re: Power Seat Install [Re: 99_03PantherS]
lmrogp Offline
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Registered: 01/02/09
Posts: 100
Loc: NV
 Originally Posted By: 99_03PantherS
Nice write up.
Should travel to the junkyard and pick up some covers for the seat mounts.


Are those available for the front mounts, or front and back? Do you happen to know a part number?

Thanks...
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2002 Mercury Grand Marquis GS, Spruce Green, 153k
2001 Ford Crown Victoria P74, Blue, 150k+ (Stripped, RIP)
2007 Ford Crown Victoria P71, Dark Blue, 80k (Sold)
1997 Ford Crown Victoria P71, White, 200k+ (Sold)
1988 Ford Crown Victoria P71, Dark Blue (Donated)
1980 Mercury Grand Marquis, Silver (RIP)


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#2168884 - 10/26/10 06:21 AM Re: Power Seat Install [Re: lmrogp]
Mark815 Offline
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Registered: 06/25/08
Posts: 4491
Loc: 'Merica!
Great write up! This should go in the BOK, or if there's already a 'how to install power seat', added to it.
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#2168891 - 10/26/10 06:37 AM Re: Power Seat Install [Re: Mark815]
puppy Offline
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Registered: 09/18/08
Posts: 839
Loc: Washington
Nice writeup.
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Fender Mounted 05 Antenna: http://www.crownvic.net/ubbthreads/ubbth...887#Post1960887
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#2168916 - 10/26/10 07:59 AM Re: Power Seat Install [Re: puppy]
mds47588 Offline
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Registered: 03/30/10
Posts: 340
Loc: Picayune, Mississippi, 39466
Nice writeup also. Ain't it a good feeling when ya put some time and effort into a project and have such good results? And lastly, I'm also partial to the "Dark Blue Pearl" color.
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#2169076 - 10/26/10 12:48 PM Re: Power Seat Install [Re: optik]
GhostRider Offline

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Registered: 04/14/03
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 Originally Posted By: optik
Excellent write-up


Yep! Way good!


Now submit it to the BOK.
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#2169216 - 10/26/10 04:44 PM Re: Power Seat Install [Re: GhostRider]
interceptor1985 Offline
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Registered: 02/07/08
Posts: 5824
Loc: OREGON
very nice! If I had a camera I'd make one for the Box crown Vic, even though its very simple:)

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#2169724 - 10/27/10 09:46 AM Re: Power Seat Install [Re: interceptor1985]
weaver3 Offline
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Registered: 03/08/10
Posts: 169
Loc: Pa,United States
could you install these styles seats in a 98 vic? my driver side is power but the power knobs are on my seat and not on the door
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#2170006 - 10/27/10 05:25 PM Re: Power Seat Install [Re: weaver3]
Logix7 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/06
Posts: 1717
Loc: West of Chicago
how would it be done for the passenger side? I dont recall seeing the "pre-wired" setup in my 04 like the drivers door had
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#2170146 - 10/27/10 08:48 PM Re: Power Seat Install [Re: weaver3]
lmrogp Offline
Member

Registered: 01/02/09
Posts: 100
Loc: NV
 Originally Posted By: weaver3
could you install these styles seats in a 98 vic? my driver side is power but the power knobs are on my seat and not on the door


http://www.crownvic.net/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1152863#Post1152863
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2002 Mercury Grand Marquis GS, Spruce Green, 153k
2001 Ford Crown Victoria P74, Blue, 150k+ (Stripped, RIP)
2007 Ford Crown Victoria P71, Dark Blue, 80k (Sold)
1997 Ford Crown Victoria P71, White, 200k+ (Sold)
1988 Ford Crown Victoria P71, Dark Blue (Donated)
1980 Mercury Grand Marquis, Silver (RIP)


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#2170151 - 10/27/10 08:49 PM Re: Power Seat Install [Re: Logix7]
lmrogp Offline
Member

Registered: 01/02/09
Posts: 100
Loc: NV
 Originally Posted By: Logix7
how would it be done for the passenger side? I dont recall seeing the "pre-wired" setup in my 04 like the drivers door had


http://www.crownvic.net/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1152863#Post1152863
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2002 Mercury Grand Marquis GS, Spruce Green, 153k
2001 Ford Crown Victoria P74, Blue, 150k+ (Stripped, RIP)
2007 Ford Crown Victoria P71, Dark Blue, 80k (Sold)
1997 Ford Crown Victoria P71, White, 200k+ (Sold)
1988 Ford Crown Victoria P71, Dark Blue (Donated)
1980 Mercury Grand Marquis, Silver (RIP)


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