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    Its sure alot more convenient with the backseat removed
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    Exactly the information I was looking for - thanks everybody for posting information and pics - I'm doing this to my leased car for the 25 months remaining -- getting the car next week off aswapalease transaction.. Will have to restore the rear seats before lease return - any advice?

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    RE: CAUTION!

    This is a very interesting topic, worthy of its own thread. I don't commonly put anything hefty in hatch, but on those odd occasions I've always assumed the seat itself would save me from a flying paver or lawn mower.

    If you have any pictures of your vast history of FIATs I'm sure I'm not the only one that would appreciate seeing them.
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    I ran with out a back seat for a year and then put it back in for autocross classing reasons. I honestly prefer it in. The loss of space is pretty much negligible, the only negative is that the entire cargo area isn't quite flat. Plus imo the car needs all the weight near the back axle that it can get.
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    Advantage of not having it is when your buddies decide a late night trip to IHOPS is in order and the question of who's driving comes up.

    That said, I prefer it in

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    Ok, just thinking aloud here.... how about leaving the seat In, and making a hinged platform for the cargo area to bring it even with the seats folded down. Then you have some storage under the platform as well.

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    I'm very happy I did it. Took about two hours, and you need a socket wrench and a Torx 45 star tool to get the center post with seatbelts out. There is a huge improvement in useable cargo room, Also I used 1 x 2 pine every 12 inches as structure underneath (left to right) and 1/4 plywood - 2 pieces and 1/2 inch carpet padding underneath and multiple layers in between the left to right ribs so there are areas with 3-4 layers on padding. Finally a rubber bottom ribbed carpet screwed into the plywood in 10 spots with short black screws. I would say I lost 1.5 - 2 inches on the floor but gained a level surface. Everything is level with those front edge (rear-seat bottom) metal supports which stick up about 1.75 inches and are welded to the floorpan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by outoway View Post
    Ok, just thinking aloud here.... how about leaving the seat In, and making a hinged platform for the cargo area to bring it even with the seats folded down. Then you have some storage under the platform as well.
    I very much like this solution, someone on the forum did something very similar and keeps an emergency kit/jumpers underneath it AFAIR.

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    I created a template and cut out 1/2" OSB plywood with carpet (upside-down) under the plywood (keeping wood off the fuel tank pump & wires area). Back seats are easily removable.

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    My apologies bringing up an old thread... I am considering an Abarth 500 as my second vehicle/track toy. I have no need for the back seat and would much rather have the storage space. I'd likely do something like Snakebite with foam padding for the dog. My question is on the amount of space. I've got a 135lb Rottie and a big factor of purchasing the car would be the ability for him to fit in the back. I've got an F150 and he easily fits on two of my three back seats which I figure can't be much more than the width with backseat removed.

    Also, any other advice or suggestions on the manual Abarths are greatly appreciated. Looking for a used one around $10k and plan to lightly mod.

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