24. Once driver side floor pan has been installed, the next step is to re-install the Floor Pan Seat Brace and the Rear Seat Anchor Panels. This project vehicle received a new floor pan seat brace and rear seat anchor panels (4total), but if your vehicle does not require a new seat brace, the old one could be re-used if it was able to be removed without damaging it. The new seat brace is dry fitted into place to ensure proper fitment, and to determine if any adjustments are required. It is recommended that BOTH seats are installed at this time, and the rear seat anchor panels can be held into place with the bolts. Visually inspect that the seats are true as compared the rocker (equal reveal along the seat), and that all four bolts for the seats can be installed. Make any necessary adjustment in the front seat brace or the rear seat anchors at this time. Mark the location of the floor pan seat brace and all four (4) of the rear seat anchor panels for reference once the seats are in the correct position. The rear seat anchors can also be tack welded to the floor pan at this time.
25. Remove the seats from the vehicle and stow.
26. Remove the front seat brace from the vehicle and drill 5/16”-3/8” holes along the bottom flange in the exact same locations as the factory spot welds if a new front seat brace is being installed. The old seat brace can be used as a template.
27. Use a weldable primer in any areas under the front seat brace where there is bare metal and allow to cure per manufacturer instructions.
28. Plug weld front seat brace to the floor pan and transmission tunnel to mimic factory spot welds.
29. Complete welding rear seat anchor panels (4-total) from underneath vehicle.
30. Apply primer to any bare metal and allow to cure (this is done on both the top and bottom of the floor pan). Apply finish paint coat and allow to cure; 2-3 coats of finish paint should be adequate. For this project vehicle, black satin was used on top and a rubberized undercoating was applied to the bottom.
31. Apply seam sealer to all lap or butt welds on both top and bottom of the floor pan at all seams (see Figure #10).
32. Install sound deadener (see Figure #11).
33. Install brake and fuel lines that were disconnected in order to install floor pans. Use rivets to attached hard lines to new floor pan in same locations they were removed. New holes will be required. If brake lines were disconnected at any location, brake system must be bled in accordance with vehicle manual.
34. Install any wiring harnesses removed from transmission or other components from underneath the vehicle.
35. Install all wiring harnesses removed from the interior of the vehicle and re-attached any grounding straps and/or connectors to floor pan. The new floor pans have holes for factory wire loom connectors.
36. Install carpet and re-install vehicle interior in reverse order that it was remove. Use photos, notes and labeled containers for re-connecting harnesses and re-assembling interior panels correctly.
37. Re-connect negative (-) battery terminal, and conduct a full systems check to ensure all components function correctly. Note that certain harnesses removed provide function to the rear of the vehicle, power windows, locks, etc.
38. Enjoy dry feet and a more structurally sound vehicle!