SO, I decided finally to get all of the crap carpet out of the jeep now that I had a day of 50's and sun. Boy was I in for a surprise. Here is the first pic of the pass side that I still have to get all cleaned up but is not too bad.
And now the mid section, all surface rust. I did the screw driver test.
And now for the drivers side,
And for the finally, YES THIS IS MY SEAT BELT BOLT:
It was just hangin around under the carpet. The hole had been patched but the bolt with the original metal around it was SHEET METAL SCREWED IN. Not even though. It was kinda just sittin there held down by the carpet.
OMG, I do not know what to think. I am optimistic yet PISSED, all at the same time.
SO, if anyone can point me in the direction of a repair write up for this area I would greatly apreciate it. I am taking a welding class right now at night, so I can get the metal togeather and learn on my own rig there. The instructor is great and wants to help with this. The rest of the tub is ok with some small holes here and there. The pass side seatbelt area is no where near as bad as this one. The drivers floor pan is also gone with a patch made and SHEET METAL SCREWED in as well. Anyway, Lots of work ahead.
My last question is, can I take one of the roll bar bolts out and mount the seatbelt strap to that for now??????
Thanx again guys for advice and help.
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This is a HUGE build-up thread of an EB for a guy in our club. About half way down the first page is a slew of pics of them cutting out and replacing the rusted floors. Might give you some ideas of what you'll be getting into if you want it done correctly.
It was my first experience with a welder so I ended up putting sheet metal screws in as well just for good measure. Herc'd over it now. I'm pretty confident in it because the rollbar bolts sandwich the base plate and the side plate is both welded and screwed and pulling vertically on the screws. I never claimed to be an engineer though Its very tricky welding on thin metal, especially semi-rusted stuff so I'd have a backup plan for attachment.
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'88 YJ with 4.0/AW4 swap & CJ front end
'80s CJ Resto-mod ('80s CJ frame/front end, YJ tub, '00 XJ 4.0)
'99 XJ 4dr SE
I feel your pain man...hey, at least you found out your belt wasnt secured the easier way, instead of while you were mid-air wondering why that strap didn't keep you in your seat. I did some repairs on the my DS floorpan...I'll try to find pics
haha thanks buddy...thats Canadians winters + salted roads for you. It looked a lot better when I bought it, but after a year of driving it, another winter, 30mins with a screwdriver, then an angle grinder...thats my jeep! Floor's good and solid now tho, with a good coat of hurc over it (and por-15 on the underside)