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Adding Rear Headrests
« on: January 08, 2019, 01:12:53 AM »
Six years ago my roommate and I successfully added rear headrests to his 1965 W111 220S. We installed front and rear seats from a W109 300SEL. The front seats were reupholstered in MB-Tex vinyl at some point, but the upholsterer decided to use pinpoint material across the entire front of the seats and headrest covers. At least the material of the front seats matches the original MB-Tex on the rear seats.

1965 and earlier seat tracks are a different design, so we had to bolt the original seat tracks onto the W109 seat pans. Alternatively, we could have put the W109 skins on the original pans. The W109 upper rear seat frame was too wide, so we transferred the skin onto the original frame and tucked in the upper corners so it fit well.

I like that the W109 seats have front headrests. However, front headrests can be added using the hardware and braces from a newer Mercedes. Unfortunately, the padding consisted of crunchy coconut fiber and the legs were loose, so we removed the solid-leg headrests from a W123 (same as late W116) that had nice foam padding, and put the black covers on them. I think W115 seats would have also fit, and the rear seat would have been the same dimensions as the W111. We could have purchased rear headrests with mounting hardware from a W109, but the high cost was not within the budget.

We took the headrest mounting brackets from the front seats of a W116 (same as W108/109, W115, and W123) by chiseling off the aluminum rivets at the bottom and pulling them out. We did a lot of measuring and ended up having to use a cutting wheel to cut off some of the material on the sides of the mounting brackets in order to clear the springs.

We ran a horizontal brace to connect the brackets to the seat frame and made sure that they were positioned properly so the headrest legs could slide down. We made sure that the shiny grey oval headrest grommets (which came from the rear seat of an early W126) were positioned so that they would be aesthetically pleasing and would allow the headrest legs to drop down into the brackets. Once the seat was installed, the mounting brackets were sturdy.





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Re: Adding Rear Headrests
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2019, 01:15:29 AM »
The bent rear headrest legs that kick forward came from the rear seat of a W126. The core and foam didn't match the fronts, so we took some front headrests from a W123 and put the legs from the rear W126 headrests onto the W123 cores and foam. Since the middle section of the front headrests were done in pinpoint, instead of plain MB-Tex, we had GAHH make a matching set of covers for the rear headrests.

We are happy with the results, and short of the $122 spent on the headrest covers and shipping, it was a low-cost modification.





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Re: Adding Rear Headrests
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2019, 01:49:56 PM »
That looks Great! Clean job!