Friday, February 26, 2021

Please be seated, the show is about to begin.......

 7:40 am - Friday - February 26th - Wittmann, AZ - 41° F, 41% humidity, wind 5 mph out of the north.....partly cloudy skies today with a forecast high of 70° F.  On this date in 2013 we were having lunch at the Manatee Island Bar and Grill in Port Salerno, FL.......↴


Ever since I purchased my new Flexsteel driver seat off eBay on February 4th, I have been dreaming about sitting  in that seat, and holding onto the large Newell steering wheel.  Thursday marked exactly three weeks since that day, and it was time to finally install it.  TLE was with me from beginning to end on this project, and offered several good, and timely suggestions along the way.  In addition to this being a 'power' seat with numerous functions (back, forward, up, down, tilt forward and back), it also has a lever which, if pulled, allows one to swivel the seat around, and use it as an additional chair when we have company.......

The Flexsteel seat on the floor of the salon while we fixed the cable 

.....we discovered pretty quickly that the bracket which holds the cable in place was missing, so I obtained some angle aluminum from Tom, cut off a 2" piece, and fabricated a new bracket....


....once that was done it was time to drill the holes in the floor.  TLE suggested making a template out of cardboard with the hole positions and then tape it in place where we wanted the seat, then drill holes through the four black dots......


.....normally one might expect, out of an amatuer, that one of the holes would be off a tad, and required enlarging to get the 4th bolt in, but not this day.  That template was amazingly accurate, and all four bolts went in relatively easily......


.....pretty soon the chair was in place, and the grade 8 bolts were tightened down securing the seat to the floor.......


.....of course that fourth bolt was the one which comes out in between the two steels walls under the coach next to the Kohler generator.....TLE snapped this picture of me down in that foreboding cavity tightening the 4th, and last bolt.....


....in all it took us around 3 hours beginning to end, but she's in, and she is sooooo comfortable.  I am really looking forward to our drive over to Purcell Tire on Friday to get our new Michelins installed!

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