Back to work on the frame. If you recall, one piece of spring steel on the seat spring assembly had broken, causing the rear of the driver's side to sag. I looked all over for another piece of spring steel rod to replace it with and couldn't find anything here locally. DanTwoLakes, trimmer extraordinaire and Moderator to the Stars, saved the day again - and he won't take payment for it!
He sent me something called a Seat-a-lator. The seat-a-lator is that other option for fixing my frame that I mentioned briefly earlier on in this journal. The Seat-a-lator is basically a completely new spring assembly that has been dipped in plastic to prevent corrosion. It consists of two spring steel rods that run the width of the seat frame, with smaller spring steel wires attached to them that run from the front of the frame to the rear. Running parallel to the larger spring steel rods are two lengths of cord, skewered onto the shorter steel wires. As I said before, the whole thing is dipped in plastic to prevent corrosion and to cover sharp ends of wire. It's attached to the front of the seat frame by slipping one of the spring steel rods into tabs located along the front edge of the seat frame. Helical springs connect it to the rear of the frame. The slab of seat bottom foam sits on top of this assembly, and the cover goes over the top of the whole thing.
Picture 1: No, it's not an oven rack or refrigerator shelf - it's a Seat-a-lator.
Picture 2: The old spring assembly is rusty, broken, and just plain shot. The Seat-a-lator will be a welcome replacement. Shorter versions of these helical springs will connect the back edge of the Seat-a-lator to the frameâ€¦
Picture 3: â€¦while the front edge of the Seat-a-lator will tuck into these tabs.