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bruceflys wrote:DJ at Cleaveland Tool made a seat for my Panther. Excellent workmanship, fits well, nice looking and comfortable. She will customize for you or use standard dimensions. Importantly, specify if you will use a parachute part-time as I plan to do, i.e. a thicker back cushion so I would not have to shift the seat back when switching. Also I asked for a slit in the bottom cushion for the crotch belt. Cost was $667 all included for faux leather.

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Interesting, first Panther seats I have seen without the long slot in the bottom front with the two sides going all the way up. Any negatives to building a seat bottom without the big slot?

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I'll second what Bruce said. DJ did a great job. I don't know a lot about upholstery but DJ asked the right questions so the seat turned out perfectly.
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DJ at Cleaveland Tool made a seat for my Panther. Excellent workmanship, fits well, nice looking and comfortable. She will customize for you or use standard dimensions. Importantly, specify if you will use a parachute part-time as I plan to do, i.e. a thicker back cushion so I would not have to shift the seat back when switching. Also I asked for a slit in the bottom cushion for the crotch belt. Cost was $667 all included for faux leather.

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I’m dropping mine off tomorrow to be covered. Not sure how this will work out, but a buddy had some remnant memory foam so I used 3M spray adgesive to put it together and used a carving knife to shape it. My parachute acts as the seat back, but since it sits ~3” higher than the seat bottom I’ll need to come up with a spacer to support it.
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Given the outrageous prices for pre-made Panther seats, and since no homebuilder with any self respect should have to buy anything pre-made (other than an airplane kit, engine, prop, tires/wheels/brakes/axles, avionics, etc), I will be making my seat. Would anyone mind sharing the dimensions of their seats?

And concerning usage of a parachute, how do you account for that? If you get a sit-on-top-of chute do you need to temporarily remove your seat bottom and ditto the seat back for a backpack type parachute?

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Just picked up my Custom Made seat today. Not installed, but will do that tomorrow.
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I purchased my seat from Cleveland aircraft tools. Talk with DJ she has the patterns already made for the Panther.
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Fred. Most of the Panther owners around the Green Cove Springs area are having them custom made. Paul Salters made his. Steve Pedano, Buddy Henson (twice) and I had a local car upholster shop do ours. We supplied the foam (memory) and they supplied the fabric. Cushions are fairly straight forward and any good seamstress can do the work.

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I'm wondering where people are getting their seat cushions. Are you having them custom made, making them yourself, or is there a source?

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