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Rear seat conversion - PI sedan

Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:18 pm
by seandevero
I have seen a couple posts about this topic, decided to post my conversion.
First and foremost if you do this, get the seat support brackets off donor car, and get the nuts from all the bolts, you do not need the brackets for fold down seats, they are already on interceptor and are used for back seat. You will need deep well sockets " i needed a 15mm and 18mm" , and a impact wrench or your hands will get tired fast.

Again you want the bottom and back and sides of rear seat from donor car, the support brackets and nuts.

1. For bottom cushion, there are two latches in center of each seat, you can feel them , run your hand along front of seat, push those to side and bottom will release, then push bottom backwards toward trunk then lift, should release from hook.

2.For the back rest i found the red straps in trunk that release it from brackets.

3. As far as the bracing under the seat,, i found NOTHING welded to car, all un-bolted, i recommend a impact wrench as some were on pretty good, all the bracing was able to be removed. You will have 4 bolts on each side left over,,, these can all be unscrewed from body, i used a 1/4 socket.

4. When installing rear civilian seat i found all the bolts i needed were already there, i needed the support hanger brackets and nuts from donor car. Everything went in like factory, as long as the bracing is out, no modifications had to be done to make it work. Even the sides for rear seat go right in just like factory.

5. And remember the seat belts, don't forget to bolt those back before installing bottom.

6. If someone does this and has the wire harness that i found under seat, you can cut it in half and tuck it away in trunk, will not affect factory lighting.

Here is some pictures with brace in , then removed, the underside of civilian and police bottom seat and civilian seat installed.
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Re: Rear seat conversion

Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:29 pm
by Despized
Wow nicely done! Is there already a middle seatbelt/buckle? I just got a 2014 taurus todayu and I see where the middle belt would come out but it isn't out. Though I didn't go digging to see if there is a stuff buckle to connect into yet.

Re: Rear seat conversion

Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:48 pm
by seandevero
All your restraints should be there, buckle might be tucked down, all three seat belts are factory and bolt right back to their original position. I picked this rear seat up at a junk yard for 100 bucks and they gave me all the brackets and nuts. The middle and left buckles are connected together under the seat.

Re: Rear seat conversion

Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:43 pm
by Despized
Awesome work Seandevero! Seems I have to contact who I got the car from. I only have two buckles for the back seat.. Tried getting the lower cushion off first.. I got the two release pins but I couldn't get it to come out past that.

Re: Rear seat conversion

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:58 pm
by crownedking
you also need want all of the bottom child restraints anchors. the interceptor only has two and cannot be reused if you do this mod. Doing this will give you the option for 2 child car seats with anchors. This modification does bring the rear crash rating back down to the Taurus models though.

When I did this the only really problem was two large threaded bolts that remained near the front of the bottom seat. I kept the bolts, but removed some of the form from the seat and forced it down over the bolt. That was the only negative to doing this, other then the crash rating. When I sold the car i put back of all the interceptor seat parts easily. Takes about 1.5 hrs.

Re: Rear seat conversion

Posted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:02 pm
by kyledooley
crownedking wrote:you also need want all of the bottom child restraints anchors. the interceptor only has two and cannot be reused if you do this mod.
I agree with your general statement that you want to harvest all the anchors from the donor car, but I do want to point out (because I've seen it said also in the past) that the interceptors DO have 4 LATCH anchors, enabling the use of two car seats.

I have two car seats installed in mine. If you look at the split between the seats, outboard, near the doors, there is a flap of fabric. If you pull that fabric back, it will expose the door-side anchors.

Kyle

Re: Rear seat conversion

Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:30 am
by crownedking
Hey thank you Kyle. Didn't know that.

Re: Rear seat conversion

Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:57 pm
by kyledooley
crownedking wrote:Hey thank you Kyle. Didn't know that.
NP. I was actually going through most of the information you had posted in the past, and focusing on this specific need, because I have two guys in car/booster seats (3/5).

I was going to just do a seat swap, then I got deep into the PIS crash structure, floor/hardware part numbers, etc. and then spent some quality time in a couple of junkyards looking at the parts on interceptors and civvy tauruses. The answer was pretty apparent after seeing a couple with the seats pulled out. "Oh, look at that." (A luxury you have when you're near Chicago and there are dozens of wrecked interceptors available)

I'm still planning on a seat swap (leather is easier to clean kid mess off of). Just waiting for the right donor car, and I plan on doing what you've done, which is keep all the interceptor stuff for the new owner.

K.

Re: Rear seat conversion

Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:07 am
by seandevero
Thank you Kyle for the anchor latch info, I neglected to mention car seat restraints but it is important information. Crownedking mentioned large threaded bolts in his thread, if the pic I posted is what he is referring to you can put a socket on them and unscrew them. It took me awhile to figure out they can be removed.

Re: Rear seat conversion

Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:28 am
by crownedking
yes, those are exactly what i was talking about, damn you guys are great! a lot of good info here.

Re: Rear seat conversion

Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:00 pm
by Despized
I assume if you don't want to remove the brace. You would have to cut out the foam in sections to mimic the groves and the seats would then line up?

Re: Rear seat conversion

Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:16 pm
by seandevero
Yes and you lose the comfort, to me its worth losing the safety to gain back seat passengers who aren't bitching at you while you drive.

Re: Rear seat conversion

Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:20 am
by kyledooley
seandevero wrote:Yes and you lose the comfort, to me its worth losing the safety to gain back seat passengers who aren't bitching at you while you drive.
Yeah, and let's keep it in perspective. A typical cop car spends more time parked, exposed on a high speed (45mph+) roadside in a week than our civilian use in a lifetime.

Re: Rear seat conversion - PI sedan

Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:00 pm
by B.T. Justice
Just started my rear seat swap and front console install on 2014 taurus interceptor, did you replace the rubber flooring with carpet?

Re: Rear seat conversion - PI sedan

Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:51 am
by kyledooley
B.T. Justice wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:00 pm
Just started my rear seat swap and front console install on 2014 taurus interceptor, did you replace the rubber flooring with carpet?
Cool. Things to note:
- The PIS rear seat will require a rear seat from a PIS, removal of the 75mph cross bracing to install a civilian seat, or hogging out the civvy seat to fit the braces. (If you value comfort for the rear passengers, I don't recommend the latter). I have kids in booster seats, so they actually have more comfortable seats than I do. lol But if any adults sit back there for more than 30 mins, it's brutal.
- The carpet comes in sections front/rear. The front from any civvy junk yard taurus is fine, the rear carpet is unique to PISs, with bump-outs to accommodate the cross braces, just like the seats. If you want to use civilian carpet, which is easier to find, again, you'll have to remove the braces.

My car has the interior upgrade package with carpet/cloth/console already, but if I was in your situation, I wouldn't hesitate to take out the bracing and go with civilian seats and carpet all the way. You would just be on-par with civilian rear crash safety, instead of PIS/75mph rating. Actually, you'd be slightly better than civilian, because the full-size spare actually is an integral part of that upgraded crash rating.

Good luck. Most of the info you need is around here, but check back if you have any questions.

Kyle

Re: Rear seat conversion - PI sedan

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:40 pm
by nate12387
Is there any way to mix the pi and civilian? I would like to keep the bottom cushion on the PI and replace the back cushion. Anyone know if there are any issues with that?

Thanks,

Nathan

Re: Rear seat conversion - PI sedan

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:58 am
by cmcruzt
Thanks for your information, just did mine with leather ones from 2012 taurus, following all your tips!

Re: Rear seat conversion - PI sedan

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:45 pm
by Jake_Blues
Can you post a pic of under the seat and your floorboard?