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Old 07-15-2011, 11:50 AM
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I'm putting back together the front seats (I have power seats on the drivers side). One of the two rails moves very loosely, the other is pretty tight. I found what looks like a flat spring that may have came out on the loos side. Note both tracks run on roller bearings. Does anyone know how this flat spring should be installed?

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Old 07-15-2011, 12:28 PM
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The only spring I'm aware of is connected to the handle which locks one side of the track. The other track doesn't lock as far as I can remember and is loose as you described.
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:33 PM
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Hey Kevin,
Are we talking the power seat or the manual? I have a power seat rail I will have to dig out and look at, if that is what you are talking about
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:56 PM
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:09 PM
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Kevin,

Sorry, I thought you were talking about the manual seat. I have a spare power seat track that I just looked at and the one side is loose. I don't see any spring.

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I'm putting back together the front seats (I have power seats on the drivers side). One of the two rails moves very loosely, the other is pretty tight. I found what looks like a flat spring that may have came out on the loos side. Note both tracks run on roller bearings. Does anyone know how this flat spring should be installed?

Thanks
Kevin


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I know this is an old post, but I now have the same predicament. On my drivers rails, one rail has ball bearings in it and the other does not. There is a piece of spring steel in the track where I can see the bearings used to ride on it. I am lucky that I also have a passenger power seat, and when I checked it, it does have bearings on both sides. Has anyone come accross this and been able to repair/replace the bearings? If they came out without the rivets loosening up, I would think they would go back in, unless they were so badly worn.
Also, thanks to the TRL, I was able to take the motor apart, clean it and put it back together. Haven't run it yet, but am hoping it will be fine.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:20 AM
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If anyone else has come across the situation where the ball bearing are missing from one or both of your seat rails, I have a solution. I took my "good" rail apart to measure the ball bearing size. It is a standard 5/8" (.625") bearing that I was able to buy from Ebay for a few $$. I did have to grind out the front rivet from the seat rail to get access, but was able to reinstall it and it seems tight. My second one might go back together using a 1/4" allen head cap screw, if I can't find a new rivet. This is only one of 4 rivets, so I am not concerned about it coming apart.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:44 AM
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If anyone else has come across the situation where the ball bearing are missing from one or both of your seat rails, I have a solution. I took my "good" rail apart to measure the ball bearing size. It is a standard 5/8" (.625") bearing that I was able to buy from Ebay for a few $$. I did have to grind out the front rivet from the seat rail to get access, but was able to reinstall it and it seems tight. My second one might go back together using a 1/4" allen head cap screw, if I can't find a new rivet. This is only one of 4 rivets, so I am not concerned about it coming apart.
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Well, I am pretty close to finishing my power seat tracks and getting them ready for upholstery. Never would I have thought this would take 2 weeks. Cleaned 4 motors, 4 relays, 2 switches, 4 gearboxes and and 2 complete set of tracks. The challenging part came when I found that one track was missing the 2 ball bearings. I bought some on Ebay and got them installed in the track. Seems to work like it should.
I'm not sure about the little piece that runs on the acme thread of the gearboxes. The passenger seat seems to slip a little in the forward/back actuator. I have never seen these as a replacement, but one of mine was obviously replaced as it is a different style.
Next, I am on to my rebuilding my window regulator/motor assemblies. I am hoping they won't be as bad, but we'll see.
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Good work "Tbird1044".

On a side note, the 1958-60 T-Birds NEVER had a power passenger front seat option. Somewhere along the way someone, in the past, has retrofitted an extra driver's seat track to your Bird's right front seat.

This is why you are having a hard time finding parts offered for a passenger front seat.

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