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Bucket Seat Floor Braces Continued

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Weld through primer used.


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Just a recap, the '66 gal 500 XL and 7 Litre models use a full length rear brace and a reinforced front brace.

I've knelt on the rear bench seat brace where the bucket seat would normally attach and the floor does move a bit, you really need that full brace to properly support the bucket seat.


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There's the difference in the front brace.


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I used POR 15 on the floor to rocker seam, then once that dried I used urethane seam sealer to further seal it.


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You can see it's just bare steel and this needs to be stripped and primed.


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Getting there, it's still a snowy mess outside so sandblasting outside is out of the question so I'll have to do this the old fashioned way.


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Done.

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Bucket Seat Floor Braces Continued

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The end braces were easier as they fit in my regular sand blasting cabinet.


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To locate the rear brace I used the bench seat holes which are 1/2" dia holes and 1/2" bolts are snug. They are tightened underneath.


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Using a floor jack with a with piece of wood propping the pan up under each plug weld I knelt on the brace from atop forcing the two metals tightly together for the weld. It took a while to move the jack and wood for each plug weld then climb back in. Once that brace was done the front one was removed and the process repeated.



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That was a lot of bloody plug welding. This time my better half helped me as the one under the car moving the jack and wood prop whilst I was atop welding. Much faster with two people.



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The complete bench seat bracing.



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I still have to dress some of the welds on the tops of the end brackets but the pain in the butt part is done. :)

More to come.

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