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Old 08-17-2013, 06:09 PM
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Mounting ideas

Well, I am in the process of building a Fiberglass T-Bucket with a flat wood floor. Most folks just make a seat out of plywood with foam for cushion. I want to be more comfortable than that, so I'm using the middle bench seat out of a Dodge Caravan. I cut out 4 inches and it fits very well in the bucket.

Now, I need some ideas on mounting it to the floor. To get the most leg room possible, it needs to be mounted directly to the floor. No brackets attached to seat, and then to floor. Only thing I have come up with is to bolt two metal straps to the bottom at the front of the seat, and then to the floor. I can not figure out how to secure the rear of the seat to the floor.

Any ideas???

The straps are long enough, so I don't think the seat would come up in the back when braking.

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Make a bracket to mount to the body at the back of the bucket that has like an upside down J shape to it. Add a U shaped bracket to the back of the seat close to the bottom and lined up with the bucket bracket. Make it so you have to tip the front of the seat up to fit under the bucket bracket and when you lay the seat down into place it is hooked under the J bracket. Then just screw the front to the straps as you planned.
This would be similar to the way back seate s were in older cars,
How 'bout some pics?
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Here is the seat

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Here is the car

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Look's like you have four flatbars welded already to the bottom of the seat, Drill them out for 3/8 bolts.. Put them in from the top letting them stick out the bottom.. Put a tack on the head to the flatbar,, Drill four holes in the floor and bolt them from the bottom...

Here's one I'm finishing up on..


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Great ideas, fellas. Thanks a lot.

Sweet lookin Bucket, for sure!
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[QUOTE=NEW INTERIORS;1705975]Look's like you have four flatbars welded already to the bottom of the seat, Drill them out for 3/8 bolts.. Put them in from the top letting them stick out the bottom.. Put a tack on the head to the flatbar,, Drill four holes in the floor and bolt them from the bottom...

Guess it took another set of eyeballs to look at my seat. Those flat bars on the bottom of the frame worked perfectly!
Thanks again for the assist.
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that looks good but remember one thing. more padding means you sit higher in the rod instead of being in it. so you will be hit by the wind ,bugs, road c**p . And so on. half a head over the windshield looks silly to me every time i see it. i sit in mine, not on it. just something to think about.

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Yes sir, you are right. When I get cushions for the frame I will make them a lot thinner than the stock ones that came with the seat frame. I don't like that goofy look of sitting on top of the car either.
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I think I'd make sure that the bolts holding the seats attached to something besides your plywood floor. If they don't sit over the frame rails I'd weld in a couple of cross pieces for the seat to bolt to.
Randy what do you attach your seats to?

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I think I'd make sure that the bolts holding the seats attached to something besides your plywood floor. If they don't sit over the frame rails I'd weld in a couple of cross pieces for the seat to bolt to.
Randy what do you attach your seats to?

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His floor is glassed in.. So he can go right through the plywood floor.. No problem with that... I wouldn't use seat belt's in a t anyway... You flip it and you find out fast why not to wear them..

As far as my seats... It depends on what car it is.... If it's a glass car and the floor is done right.. Through the floor it goes.... I don't worry about having a plate welded to the frame... If that car get's in a bad enough wreak and the body comes off the frame... I want to stay in the body... I don't want my seat belt bolted to the frame...

And if your talking about the T-Bucket I built... The back of the seat is a one piece unit he built,,, It fit's tight in the car and holds it's self in place very well..Tight fit.. The bottom of the seat is the same way.. It is removable...

The only wood glassed into this body is the firewall and floor,,, Under the seat is the fuse box and storage...

All the interior in this car can be removed if need be..

And you don't have to make your seat thick,, Just use high density foam,,



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Those are my thoughts, also. These T-Buckets are just a little bit safer than a motorcycle and I have been riding motorcycles for years. My T is registered and tagged antique and I don't have to have belts and I'm glad I don't. I know some guys have attached their belts to the frame. Bad news for sure if the body flies off in a wreck. I'm just bolting the seat to my floor.
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wow this looks beautifull.
you guys are really creative.

i tried designing the interiors of my car and the results were disasterous
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Well, got it covered and mounted. Thanks NewInteriors for you help.

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Looks good!

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