|The rear seat as it has evolved after a few years and thousands of miles of use.|
That said, this presentation is for entertainment purposes only. I make no claims as to the safety or reliability of the cobbled together device pictured here, nor for the appropriateness of any use thereof. I am at best a middling craftsman and have been known to use materials and resources for purposes other than that for which they were originally intended.
If, against better judgement, you proceed to construction of something similar, any outcome, whether good or bad, is entirely of your own doing. I assume no responsibility. Know this: a healthy dose of common sense and constant attention to the safe operation of any machinery is paramount. You have been warned; proceed at your own risk.
|Side view of how the deck wing supports the side panel.|
|I added a bit of lateral curvature to the backrest. It's constructed of two 1/4" pieces of cabinet-grade oak plywood laminated together. I glued and clamped them to a form in order to produce the curve.|
|From left to right: Magic Carpet cover, closed cell foam pad, seat deck assembly.|
|The basic shape of the deck and the SnapHook holes are traced from the standard Xtracycle Snapdeck. Again, the deck is comprised of two laminated 1/4" layers of cabinet-grade oak plywood. I used four Xtracycle SnapHooks for attachment. If I were to do it again, I'd use the newer SuperHooks, which were not available at the time.|
|Another view of the deck assembly. I would have preferred maple or ash to the oak, but it was what was available.|
|About 10.5 inches across the back. This width seems good for a wide range of differently sized passengers.|
|The trailing edge of the wings are narrower, so that the effect is that the seat sides open toward the front. Note that the strap shown serves to more strongly connect the deck to the v-racks.|
|I glued and screwed the backrest to the side panels, being careful to pre-drill pilot holes and apply glue to the screw threads. That sucker is there to stay. The backrest makes a great sticker board.|
|A view of the deck wings. Three glued screws per side. I think all the screws that I used were 1 5/8" exterior grade.|
|This shows the laminated layers of the deck. I cut each layer separately, glued them together, then sanded them evenly along the edges. A router to round the edges would have been nice.|
|Side panels are about 9" high.|
|An overall shot with the ruler to show how far back the backrest is placed.|
Next up: Seat harnesses and cockpit amenities.