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    Started fabbing the floor panels. I'm using 16 gauge with 3/4" tubing on the perimeter
    with a couple cross braces. This brings it up flush with the floor.
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    Fabbing the next piece with my home made bead roller. (32" throat)

    Rich
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    This view shows the tubing, I haven't intalled the cross bracing yet.

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    Looking better!
    Rich

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    This is probaly over kill, but I always over build. I want a solid body when I'm
    done.

    Rich

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    This starts the seat belt installation. The 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 3/16" tube are the
    uprights for the 3 point belts. The 3/4" pieces get welded inside the tubing
    which is than drilled, and tapped for the bolts holding the belts. I wanted
    plenty of purchase area for the threads. The long pieces of 1/4" plate will be
    welded to the sub rails, they run from the door jamb to the rear of the car.

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    Welded, tapped, ready to install.
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    Here most of the pieces have been installed. The body bolts go through the plates
    welded to the sub rails. I had already shimmed body. The tubing is also stitch
    welded to the body shell below the rear window.
    I know there is a lot of opinions on seat belt install, this is my method. I'll
    follow up later with belt pics when I install the seat.

    Rich

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    Found the pics, heres the upper mount.
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    View from the rear.
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    Heres the finished view. These are from Julianos, the GM style belts.
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    Rich, in that last picture is your lower mount tied to the frame?
    Roger
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    Roger, all the frame work I installed is welded to the body. The belts, and seat are bolted to that frame work.
    If the body was seperated from the frame in a crash the belts, and seat would still be attached to the body.

    Rich
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    Nice work !!!

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    Great work Rich, its never overkill. Its just not done until you feel its right!

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    Thanks for the kind words Navy7797, Modela31 !

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    I tacked the rear panel support after shaping it to fit the the correct curvature.
    I sand blasted the original center support, and welded it in .
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    This rear area was in bad shape, I replaced most of the supports. Everyone seems
    to treat this area differently, and so will I. I extended the drain rails down, and
    formed a box section that will hide the tail lite buckets. The bottom will be open for
    drainage.
    Rich

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    This was an original rumble seat panel that curved in to the trunk area. I cut off
    half of it, formed a flange on it with 1/4" 20 nuts welded behind the attatchment
    holes I drilled for the next panel.
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    Heres the matching panel I fabbed to finish the box. The open bottom is above the
    gas tank.
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    Another view.
    Rich

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    I didn't like the corners on the trunk lid.

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    I welded a piece fo 19 gauge on.

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    Shaped to fit.

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    Now for the upper corners.

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    Done.

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    I also removed the tail lite panel, and welded all the corners on it.
    Rich

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    I meant to add in the last post that I relocated the off center latch hole, reshaped the inner trunk panel to accept the latch.
    I fabbed my own adjustable catch for the latch on the tail lite panel.
    Rich

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