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post #1 of 11 Old 06-16-2019, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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Replacing seats. Hit a snag

Any ideas on how to fix this? 1995 Wrangler YJ

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-16-2019, 04:03 AM
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Some flat stock.
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post #3 of 11 Old 06-16-2019, 05:24 AM
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Grove out the cracks and weld both top and bottom.
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post #4 of 11 Old 06-16-2019, 05:54 AM
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Is this a restoration, or a repair ?

The best thing to do is remove the bad metal and replace with good metal and reinforce the area with more metal. Just welding up the cracks will probably lead to more cracking in a short period of time. A good repair would be to flatten the area, weld on a reinforcing patch of metal that has very well rounded corners, and then weld up the cracks. Bubba would have you hold his beer and weld the patch onto the top side, I would weld it onto the underside out of sight.

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post #5 of 11 Old 06-16-2019, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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I want to repair it, but I want it repaired correctly. If I try to go from the bottom there is some hollow channeling there. I was hoping to be able to repair it from the top. Should I try to find a replacement nutplate or use bolt, washers, and nut?

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post #6 of 11 Old 06-16-2019, 11:26 AM
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If it’s not a show Jeep and you intend to use it then by all means take the bubba approach. Flat stock on top, bottom and reinforce that c channel on the bottom. I wouldn’t be skimpy. It’s your a** on the line.
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If itís not a show Jeep and you intend to use it then by all means take the bubba approach. Flat stock on top, bottom and reinforce that c channel on the bottom. I wouldnít be skimpy. Itís your a** on the line.
It's not for show, yet. I'm working on it a little at a time. That's why I'm trying to figure out the best way to repair this right.

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post #8 of 11 Old 06-16-2019, 11:56 AM
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unless you can weld not a lot one can do with out having someone do it for you and then they will do it how ever they choose in the end. I would assume you dont weld since you are asking how to fix metal. Have to say learning to weld tends to be worth the cost in the end over a life time. especially with old heeps and such.

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post #9 of 11 Old 06-16-2019, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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I can weld. I was just looking for any recommendations from the experienced folks on here. I could just weld the cracks, use flat stock on top, or cut it out and reinforce it. My main issue is the nutplate. I haven't been able to find them, or I may be calling it the wrong thing. I'm not sure. So, to be specific, I would like input on the best way to do the repair to keep the jeep as close to original as possible and safe. I also need a little help on hardware recommendations for the repair.

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post #10 of 11 Old 06-16-2019, 12:40 PM
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Forget the nutsert. Use a nice fat grade 8 nut and bolt. With some sandwiched plate and your new reinforced channel underneath and the weakest part of your seats will be the seat brackets. Don’t make it more complicated than it is. Make it safe.
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post #11 of 11 Old 06-19-2019, 07:46 AM
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I would weld up what cracks are there but for making this safe to use i would go back with flat stock top and bottom and sandwich the sheet metal. Then use a grade 8 bolt and nut with washers to ensure nothing flexing or breaking.
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