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Old 08-12-20, 07:46 PM
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Default Adding headrests to 408????

Somewhere, browsing through the multiple Bristol websites this weekend, I saw an article on adding headrests to the 408 seats. Can anybody point me to it, please? I can't find it again for the life of me. Or suggest how to do this?

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Old 12-12-20, 11:20 PM
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Hi David

I wrote one for the BODA magazine; others may also have added them. My 408 has a wooden seat frame - later 411s are steel I understand. I got MGB headrests and two old MGB frames. I cut off the metal brackets from the old frames. When my seats were being retrimmed, I got the Mgb headrests made up to match and the brackets fixed inside the frames, with holes put in the top of the seats. The MGB chrome escutcheons to make that look smart are easy to get on eBay.
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Old 13-12-20, 12:58 AM
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Hi David

I wrote one for the BODA magazine.
That's the one. Thank you for the description. I'll have to see if anything suitable can be found here. There are plenty of MGBs but not many in the wreckers yards!

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Default Headrests on a 410

I have a 1968 Bristol 410, on which one of the previous owners added headrests. They are very comfortable, but, I personally think they are too big. If you are in the back seat, they totally block your forward vision.
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I have a 1968 Bristol 410, on which one of the previous owners added headrests. They are very comfortable, but, I personally think they are too big. If you are in the back seat, they totally block your forward vision.
Thank you. They do look large but very reassuring for the front passenger and driver I should think.

Anyway, I found these US-made generic add-on headrests from the 60s for sale here and bought a pair but have not yet fitted them. They will need recovering to match the seats. They attach to the back of the seat where they are screwed into the seat frame. Not ideal but much easier to install and should provide some whiplash protection if set high enough..

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