Questions and Answers – Seat and Glareshield Upgrades for 182s

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June 2012

 Q: Hi Steve,

I’m the proud pilot of a 1962 Cessna 182. I’ve been slowly doing little upgrades here and there as time and money permit. I’ve done some paint touch-up and know how to change my oil and clean the screen. I’ve changed tires and polished the windshield.

Now I’d like to start on the interior, and I’ve got a couple of questions. First, can I put in better seats? Sitting in the existing seat is like sitting on a toadstool; the seat bottoms have no shape, and there’s very little back support. The seats in later 182s are much more comfortable. Can I put them in my early 182?

I also want to redo my dashboard. The whole thing looks tacky—the vinyl has shrunk and pulled loose. Is there a quick and easy way to improve it?

—Sitting Poorly

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