… I put the welder on it.
I’m a tall guy. Stock buckets in an AE86 are impossible for me now that I have decent standards, and any off the shelf seat mount always leaves me saying, “moar lower.” (you know I never say that) After buying some Recaro LX’s, giving up on them, and now picking up some unknown FRP buckets I am really impatient to get back behind the wheel. But do you remember, that my seat rearward drivers side seat mounts were pretty messed up? On the outer rear mount, only 2 of… 7? spot welds were actually doing anything. Thirty second with a drill and it popped off clean.
Underneath was this mess. Notice the tear in the floor on the right side. Five years ago I would have taken out the baseball bat… but now….
…I can make this and tack it on. Here is where I forgot to turn the gas on. And here is where I started scratching my head and wondering if I should really be doing this. Meh. What is everyone calling their ratty, rusty beat cars these days? Boro Boro? Nope… that was five years ago. Now we say wabi-sabi. Yes. Rust and deterioration is beautiful. Not my intention, but it helps me continue on and feel good about it. After this: weld the detached mount back on… 50% of it with the gas off.
On the inner rear mount, this had happened. I could have just bought some big washers and run a bolt through the hole with a nut on the other end… but I ground the hole out a bit, pounded it flat, and welded the old nut back into place.
And then I ground it down and welded this piece of 18 gauge sheet over top. You can’t even tell anything happened on this side.