Rear Seat & Crossbar

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Rear Seat & Crossbar

Post by Buster1 » Tue Jul 27, 2021 5:51 am

Hey guys, below is the situation with my new M38 rear seat. It’s loose, pretty beat up, and most significant… the support crossbar is gone.

We’re gonna strip it down to bare metal, sand and paint… but the crossbar is long lost. Is this as simple as welding a new replacement bar in place? Or is it time for a new remanufactured rear seat? Seems like the original crossbar was only welded or attached to the seat frame bars on each side. It wasn’t welded to the seat ‘pan.’

Any advice? Thanks
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Re: Rear Seat & Crossbar

Post by dpcd67 » Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:03 am

Do a cost/benefit analysis, comparing the value of your time it will take to repair this one, to the cost of a new one. I'd probably buy a new one and use that time on something else.
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Re: Rear Seat & Crossbar

Post by 85jeepcj » Tue Jul 27, 2021 12:11 pm

I would repair original.
Reproductions probably have inferior materials and construction techniques.

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Re: Rear Seat & Crossbar

Post by Ron D » Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:07 pm

Agree ---> repair. A new seat will cost you $200+ if you're lucky. I have a very well made re-pop, but the choice between that and a well-repaired solid original is a no-brainer.

Pretty sure even if you had to pay somebody to weld a new cross pipe on your seat it'd still be plenty cheaper than $200+.

Good luck!
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Re: Rear Seat & Crossbar

Post by dfield » Sun Sep 12, 2021 3:33 pm

I got a repro back seat from Ron Fitzpatrick and I am very happy with fit and quality. Minor differences side by side with an original. Nothing noticeable once the fabric is installed.


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