Separating P6 front seat base and squab

Despite much searching, I'm finding it difficult to discover how to take the back rest (reclining) part off the base cushion on my front seats. In the process of cleaning, feeding and repairing a set of S1 2000 SC flat pleat leather seats and it would be easier to get into the nooks and crannies if the two bits were separated.

I read somewhere (probably on here?) that it was good to lubricate the reclining mechanism while it was dismantled - any tips here would be welcome too.

Many thanks :)


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You do need to have a copy of the correct page of the Rover manual to do this, well putting it back together anyway. It does need to be set up exactly or it won't lock properly.

Do you have access to one?
I've stripped old seats down but haven't put any back together. It's quite easy to get them apart but there are a lot of bits that would need refitting exactly right. I really wouldn't bother unless it's absolutely essential.
I have a workshop manual, and despite reading that, I decided it was easier not to dismantle the seats when I refurbed the leather. I’m sure I could work it out if I put my mind to it, but it didn’t seem that straight forward.


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It's really simple. The only tricky bit is putting the torsion bar back under tension. You can separate the two without upsetting anything else.

Thanks for those replies. I actually do have the relevant factory manual but had missed the page! It does look like a lot of fiddling - as my torsion bar and locking mechanism are working well at the minute, I'm inclined to leave the pieces together and do some careful masking when it comes to dyeing the leather.

Fantastic engineering in these cars though - when you think of what other people were selling in 1964 the P6 really was streets ahead.