So, while driving my Jeep last Monday, there was a loud clunk and then the seat would rock on an angle from the rear-left to the front-right. I knew that the previous owner had cobbled a break in one of the arms that a motor pushes to move the seat. But I had no idea how completely broken the seat would end up. And I never moved the position of the seat, so it wasn't an issue.
The frame that the tracks are attached to was previously broken, and cobbled together with bolts and a piece of metal, in the front. When I took the seat out, I found that there was now a second break near the repair and also a break in the back. And when I took the assembly off of the seat, I found a break/tear in the steel frame of the seat itself that the assembly bolts to.
I looked at picking up a used assembly. But they were almost as expensive as the after market kit I ended up with. This kit is made out of much thicker steel and should make for a permanent fix. I painted the new steel parts with Eastwood's Chassis Black and should be able to assemble everything tomorrow. But I'll first have to deal with the seat frame.
My current plan is to cut a piece of 1/8" thick, 2" wide steel stock that runs the length of that side and put it under the existing frame. Then drill through the frame and the piece of stock and rivet everything together. I may even weld it after riveting it.
After that, I suspect the seat will outlast the Jeep. Well, perhaps not the leather.