I ordered one 3 point belt from Juliano's. I am going to use it as a test mule to determine what types of belts will go where. The belt and some extra brackets arrived on Friday. Nice stuff.
I was going to get some 3 mm expanded PVC sheet to start building interior panels. I ended up canceling my vacation day on Friday, so I didn't get the PVC.
I went out shopping for a stereo while it was still too cold to work this morning. Got some ideas but didn't find what I was looking for.
So, since the interior work has come to a standstill, I decided to start on something which is a little easier on my knees.
The support channel under the tail pan extension was measured and the locations were transferred to the tail pan extension. The blue line is the car center line. The green is the approximate maximum inside dimensions of the channel. The red line is where the cuts would be made.
The cuts were made with great care. Hopefully, the removed portion will be used as the cover.
The approach angle at the end of the trunk lid travel is approximately 35 deg. The latch needs to sit at 55 deg. to match. A bracket was made. Holes were drilled for the mount and nuts were welded to the back side. Finally, the bracket was welded into the channel.
The cover and all of the foam is now removed from the seat bottom. The sides are crooked as a dog's hind leg. The bottom is going to require a lot of work.
I have looked at photos of the back seat in other 41 - 48 Chevs. They all looked like they were deeper (front to back) than the base would allow. Additionally, the Chrysler seat was too deep for the base and I figured I would have to cut it that way as well as the width. Then I remembered a piece that came with the car. I drug it out and sure enough, it fits in front of the base, extending it out. Now it is too deep. I need to get some advice from Dan Two Lakes!
The piece is going to need rebuilt or replaced. Three of the stand offs which are supposed to attach to the base are rusted out. I will be glad when the interior work is done!
Back at it. Made the extension and the bracket. It was all welded together. Holes were drilled through the lower brace. Rivnuts were installed. The back still needs some minor tweaking, but it mounts up solid.
After some measurements were made, the entire cover and foam was removed from the bottom. It must be narrowed, have the depth decreased, and the seat raised.
The AC guy was able to get free and come over today. He spent a lot of time looking it over and giving me some pointers on the install. Left a couple of pieces of hose so I can verify routing. Thanks Chris.
The good news is that the positioning was OK. So, I quit working on the back seat (did I mention is dislike working on interior items?).
I had to make a bracket for the motor support. It attached nicely to the top right firewall pad bolt.
The center back bracket posed a bit more of a challenge. I finally decided to make a 90 deg. bend in the very top of the VA supplied bracket. I then located where the hole in the bracket would be on the cowl vent opening. The flange was flattened with a hammer and dolly. The hole was drilled. A 1/4" x 1" bolt was dropped in and welded to the body.
Finally, the two brackets on the front had the holes drilled. The brackets were installed. This baby is solid!
The lower mounts were straightened, cut, and welded back together. The stock bottom clips on the body were cut away to clear the modified mounts. These hit the boxed in brace on the floor directly behind the brace. I may get a nut-sert tool and inserts for these mounts.
I made one bracket for the top mount since I was not sure if this mounting arrangement would work. The seat back was mocked up one more time in the car. This time it was centered better in an attempt to determine its final resting place. Unfortunately, the bracket ended up half floating in space. A filler panel was made and welded into place. Finally, the seat back was installed and centered one more time. The location of the bracket was marked. A little weld through primer and the driver's side is finished. Looks good. I need to make the parts for the right side.