First, the Ranger seats sat to high when I mounted the stock mounts to the Jeep mount. So I had to cut off the bottoms of the Ranger seat leaving only the slider. It was a royal pain in the ass. Ford uses some kind of plug that I can only assume is spot welded together to fasten the slider to the brackets. Only thing I could do was use a cutoff disc to slice through each of these "fasterners".
Once the sliders were only there, I drilled holes to match the stock seat bracket that I already had and then that one was able to be mounted on the driver seat.
To fabricate another set of brackets to mount the passenger seat, I just copied the dimensions of the stock one and then added everything up to a total length (times 2) and went up to Ace Hardware and purchased to bars of angle steel. Just L-shaped cold-rolled steel, 1-1/4 x 1-1/4 x 4ft 11 gauge. I didn't think 11-ga was thick enough (not when compared to the steel the original seat bracket was made from), but since it was angled I felt that would add enough strength to compensate.
I basically cut it out and welded it together to create almost the same shape as the original bracket. Once the bracket was cut, I cut holes in it and mounted it to the sliders on the bottom of the Ranger passenger seat.
Now with brackets all mounted up, I put the seats in to test fit everything and mark off where the brackets need to be on the tub.
With the seat positions all marked off, I drilled holes in the tub and also the brackets and then test fit the seats with actual bolts. The seats could actually slide now on their sliders and I could test the reclining part of the seats. So far all seems well. The only tweaks I need to make is to the passenger mount holes which were a little off, and also I still need to determine what to do with the transmission shifter. I'm probably going to have to move it forward about 2-3 inches which means some cutting/welding will have to happen under the tub with the linkage. Here's a shot of what the seats look like in the Jeep again, but this is before I permanently mounted them with their holes and bolts in their final positions.
Next steps are:
- Paint the seat brackets and sliders
- Paint the transmission shifter
- Mount the driver and jumpseat seatbelts
- Find a passenger seatbelt and mount that too
- Refinish the parking brake, and figure out where to put that in the cab and how to make it work.