Can I buy Mounting Brackets for Bucket Seat Conversion? (96 F-250)
I have a 96 F-250 Extra Cab. It had a bench in the front and we finally found a set of bucket seats for it. (Taken from another 96 extra cab.)
Problem is, the bolt patterns are different. The guy we bought them from told us to drill extra holes through the floor. The idea of adding extra holes to the frame sounds pretty stupid, I don't want to weaken the body, or give it the option to rust. (Our shop agrees w/ this thinking.)
Anyway, we talked to some people who said to just weld together some metal, anchor it to the old holes, and appropriately space new holes in this frame.
My question, is there somewhere I can buy pre-made brackets or frame for this purpose? I am concerned of the safety and functionality of a thrown together frame. And I need this immediately.
I replied to your other thread a while back. The shop that installed my seats just drilled the required holes in the floor board that match the captain's seat frame. They used a wide plate with a nut welded to it and placed it under the floor. One of the plates would get loose at times, but after applying more torque to the screw/bolt, it hasn't loosen up since. The existing holes were plugged with the original bolts.
My truck had an a option for factory captain's chairs, and they likely had the same floor as the 92-96 trucks, but I can't guarantee that. So the floor area your concerned about should already have extra support. If not, the wide nut plate I mentioned above should be a sufficient substitute for the factory plate. I haven't noticed any stress cracks at the new seat frame holes.
As far as the risk of corrosion, you just need to coat the bolt holes with an anti-corrosion coating, or sealed with some type of panel sealant (i.e. silicone or RTV, etc.)
I fully understand all your concerns, but with the proper mounting plate and sealant, you should be good-to-go.
BTW, not sure if there is a bolt-on, pre-made bracket for your application.
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