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Upholstery Project HALTED! Drivers Side Seat Frame CRACKED! Need Help
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Upholstery Project HALTED! Drivers Side Seat Frame CRACKED! Need Help. Well, the title says it all on this one. After upholstering the passenger seat, I decided to move onto the drivers side seat. I dismantled the seat, removed the existing upholstery and foam and lo and behold the discovery of the cracked lower seat frame. This was extremely disappointing because this will now halt my upholstery project and photos. I had always wondered in the back of my mind why this seat looked a little more “reclined” back than the passenger side… now I know why.

I am attaching a few photos of my newly found discovery and am in need of your help. If anyone has one of these lower seat frames that is in decent condition (no cracks, excessive rust, etc.) please email me: brian@archifx.com I would be more than happy to pay for shipping etc. Take a look at the sadness below.

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It is very common on these seat. I had mine welded. Much stonger than the original.

'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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#3
Thats not that big of a deal. Mine did same thing. I cleaned up the rust. (wire wheel, sandblaster,...whatever..) Formed it back into shape and mig welded it up then ground down the weld. paint the frame and your good to go.

Kevin

1971 Mach 1
408C Stroker
C4 w/3,000 stall
8.8" Rear w/3.73's
Disc brakes all way around.

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turtle5353;63469 Wrote:Thats not that big of a deal. Mine did same thing. I cleaned up the rust. (wire wheel, sandblaster,...whatever..) Formed it back into shape and mig welded it up then ground down the weld. paint the frame and your good to go.
Agreed..The proper repair would have a piece or reinforcement of the same gauge metal or heavier plug welded BEHIND the crack then weld up the crack..It will be stronger than it was new...


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I repaired mine. The material was moved back into place and the crack welded. Then a piece was formed and welded to the outside of the frame. The upholstery should be forgiving enough for an extra .030" thickness. There has been no problem with the repair.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

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I used JB weld and baling wire. Good as new.

Steve



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#7
Don't get another seat. It will have the same issues.

I had mine welded....MUCH MUCH MUCH better.

I would like to see photos of the JB WELD.

If you are in a pinch, and do have JB Weld, I would get a piece of thick sheet metal, form it on the inside and then SCREW or RIVET this piece of sheet metal to the seat sandwich JB Weld inside. The JB Weld will probably help it from squeaking.

But, I would try to get it welded. Clean up the rust yourself and you could probably take it to a muffler shop. It's Friday and they need beer money.

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two words.

duct tape.

Yeah, I should have mentioned in my reply that they reinforced it for me as well. That was years ago and it has held up.


How many of us have had to put a block of wood or something under the seat when it broke?
I might post up a poll... Wink

'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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will e;63480 Wrote:How many of us have had to put a block of wood or something under the seat when it broke?
I might post up a poll... Wink
I always thought a Mustang WITHOUT a busted seat was a great way to tell how hard the car was driven.

Busted seat= Driven Hard, Floored Often
Unbusted seat= Driven like an old lady...exclusive of my old lady.

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Had mine welded also, common place with our cars
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