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Old August 26th, 2010, 10:11 PM
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Bench Seat & Seat Belt Bracket Feeler

I have built a set of brackets to install the bench seat and Disco belts in the back of '94 and am trying to gauge the interest that is out there if these were offered for sale.

I worked with a machine shop to make some of the more detailed pieces but they aren't really interested in doing these as one offs because it would be cost prohibitive. Also the initial run of brackets/backing plates are mostly 1/4" stock instead of the 1/8" (or smaller) that the factory parts are. I think that the minimum number of folks that would need to be interested for me to get them to do another run is at least 10 sets.

Basically this is what I have:

* Seat pivot brackets with a mounting plate that I riveted in -- no more two man job to completely remove the seat/brackets

* Seat belt retractor mounting bracket that mounts at the roll bar to tub mount

* Spacer for upper belt mount

* Backing plate and spacer for lower seat belt mount

* Y belt mount backing plate -- I also made a plate mounted in the bed of the truck that moves the belt mounting location forward approximately 1 1/2" to help with the shorter Disco belts.

Depending on which brackets you need and how many interested people there are the preliminary pricing is in the $125-150 range for the seat belt brackets and another $75-100 for the seat mounting brackets. This would include all of the hardware you need to install the brackets as well and I am working on an instruction manual of sorts with photos and dimensions.

I will try to get some better pics up soon but I have attached a few cell phone shots to give you an idea of some of the pieces
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Old August 26th, 2010, 11:21 PM
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looks awesome

what about the other mounts for the seat?
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looks awesome

what about the other mounts for the seat?
By other mounts are you referring to the two standoffs that mount on the rear of the seat? They were already installed on the seat I purchased but I plan to reproduce them as well if others need them.
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Old August 27th, 2010, 11:42 AM
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I am talking about the two mounts for the rear of the seat that go on the tub. I think we are talking about the same thing
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Old August 27th, 2010, 01:58 PM
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these, right?

http://gallery.lhsw.com/view_photo.p...et&id=DSC02374

(thanks to Galpin's gallery for the photo)
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Old August 27th, 2010, 02:04 PM
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No problem. Standard royalties apply.
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Old August 27th, 2010, 02:11 PM
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Put it on my tab!
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Old August 27th, 2010, 02:47 PM
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no those are on the seat. i mean the tabs on the bed the seat lock to
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Old August 27th, 2010, 03:01 PM
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My 94 does not have those.
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Old August 27th, 2010, 06:24 PM
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Charles which ones don't you have? Don't you have tabs on the sides of the tub so seat stays locked down?
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Old August 27th, 2010, 06:31 PM
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My seat has a lever on the side that locks the back rest in place to the base of the seat, but there is no mechanism to lock the back of the seat down to the vehicle, nor do I see how my style seat could possibly latch to anything else. The only thing that keeps the back of the seat down is the weight of the passenger and the seatbelt holding them down if gravity is no longer able to overcome their weight.
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Old August 27th, 2010, 06:35 PM
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As far as I can tell I do not have anything to keep the bench seat back down either.

I believe the bench was designed more for being able to fold up and down quickly than staying rear-stationary. Perhaps the assumption is that a buckled in passenger will keep the rear bench back positioned "securely" to the floor.

------ Follow up post added August 27th, 2010 06:36 PM ------

Beat me to it, Charles.
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Old August 27th, 2010, 06:47 PM
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I m too lazy to walk outside right now to take a pic but I have c shaped brackets on the tub that lock the seat in position.

Are you saying in your truck when the seat is set up you can flip it forward even if it isnt folded?

------ Follow up post added August 27th, 2010 03:58 PM ------

OK took photos mostly because I am preying Horsey's truck is missing these

http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryrides/4932831771/
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryrides/4932832149/
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Yep, I've got what Barry's talking about too. Even though I haven't used the bench in years, it locks into place when unfolded. If it didn't it would be a serious safety hazard.
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Looks like horsey and I have a similar situation (let's not take that too far). I don't have the locking brackets either and I think it is a result of the rhino lining action where they took them off and didn't reinstall them. I would be very interested in installing some reproductions. Your work looks really nice. Great job!
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Nope ours are different. I'll take a few pictures of the side of my seat tomorrow to show you. Can you do the same for yours? The biggest difference I see is that ours doesn't have the extra piece of rod sticking out beyond the seat lever.
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I m too lazy to walk outside right now to take a pic but I have c shaped brackets on the tub that lock the seat in position.

Are you saying in your truck when the seat is set up you can flip it forward even if it isnt folded?

------ Follow up post added August 27th, 2010 03:58 PM ------

OK took photos mostly because I am preying Horsey's truck is missing these

http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryrides/4932831771/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryrides/4933425698/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryrides/4932832149/
Ha I have those. Do you have pegs going through your bench-mounted brackets along the outside? Those are the only things I could see that would stop the bench.
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Old August 27th, 2010, 10:50 PM
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Not sure what you mean
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Dammit Charles I keep missing your posts.

Anyway, I'll have to double-check mine tomorrow and take some pics.

------ Follow up post added August 27th, 2010 10:58 PM ------

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Not sure what you mean
Charles mentions an extra piece of rod. While I know this to be false amongst you peeps because of the briss, it appears you may have something extra in this case. I'll have to double check tomorrow though.
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Old August 28th, 2010, 01:16 AM
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I cant figure out why your seat would be missing it.
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