I have the same handle on my 78 Midget and I found that if you push back on
the back of the seat and then try to use the handle you will have better
luck on geting them to function. Unfortunately, my step son didn't know this
and while looking for something behind the seat, leaned on it too hard and
broke it into. they are $45.00 each from Vicky B but i had a friend who had
an extra one for $10.00.
On a B adjusting the seat back might be practical but I have no idea why
they were ever put on a Midget.
'68 & '78 Midgets
From: Matt Kulka <Matt.Kulka@hboc.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 1998 11:52 AM
Subject: Reclining Seats - maybe
>On my '74 B, I've had this fascination with these chrome handles on the
>inboard sides of my backrests. The style and position imply that they
>allow some sort of adjustment in the angle of the backrest. In
>execution, pushing and pulling on them only gives a bit of isometric
>I haven't seen any message traffic on this issue. I wonder if any of
>you have run into this. If so, is this something that generally breaks
>down and stays that way? Is there a simple fix, or will I be pulling
>all of the upholstery (two layers) off of the seats to find the problem?
> Should I be searching the junkyards for an old Fiero?
>'74 B - in eternal promise of roadworthiness.
>I will say, though, that after nearly nine months since the motor came
>out, I spent last Saturday putting the timing gears, front cover and
>crankshaft pulley in place. I should have it running before the tires
>rot off the rims.