This past Friday I had to remove the passenger seat from my Mazda6. The cable that adjusts the seat back popped out of the lever bracket. (This was the second time this happened). Once I had reattached the cable, I bolted the seat back in place. When I was putting the rear floor mat back in, I noticed a lump under the carpet. I thought I had dropped a tool or knocked something loose. I took the seat back out of the car, rooted under the carpet and found this:
It’s an antenna base. It’s been hiding under the passenger seat for the last 5 years.
This was the second time something like this happened to me.
My MkIV GTI was the victim of clogged sunroof drains. I removed the seats and various interior bits. As a buddy and I were removing the water logged padding, we saw something. I said, “Did you put that there?” and he said the same. We saw this:
It’s a 17mm magnetic tipped nut driver. It was half stuck in the rubber floor liner. It too was hiding under the passenger seat.
That was the second time this happened to me.
I had to pull the carpet out of my ’85 K5 Blazer to fix some rust. When I pulled back the carpet, I found an empty cigarette soft pack. It wasn’t for good smokes, either. It was a generic white package with “Cigarettes” in black letters. Sorry, I don’t have any pictures of that – this was before digital cameras and the internet was invented. That was the first time I found something extra from the factory.
The cigarette pack was certainly put there intentionally by one of the fine members of the UAW (stay classy, Flint MI). The nut driver may have been left there accidentally. The only thing near there that I can find that is 17mm is the seat belt bracket bolt. Dieter may have forgotten about it after installing the seat belt bracket, but what puzzles me is how the guy installing the carpet didn’t notice a green and chrome tool laying on a red floor. At least that’s something I can use. The antenna base may have been dropped and missed. That’s a dark colored part lying on a dark gray floor.
So I’m 3 for 3 at finding souvenirs when removing the carpets from my cars. Maybe I should pull the carpet out of my wife’s ’99 Civic to see if I find anything.
Anyone else find any treasures in their car?