Paint and Body Does my floorpan need replacing?

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Hey all, So I'm replacing my carpet and found my Driver's side Floorpan has a little bit of rust, and the mounting bracket for the seat bolt has been sheared off. Previous owner had a bolt and washer in place of it. See Pics. Anyway, asking for your experience. Is what you see able to be fixable, or should I replace the whole floor pan? Passenger side looks good. Thank you!
 

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Never learned, so Id assume pretty terrible, haha... I was gonna get a buddy to help me with that part. Maybe teach me a little bit in the process too. Just did some research and it looks like the seat brace is supposed to be spot welded.
 

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It's hard to tell from your first pic, but that first pic showing the crack through the floor should be fixable. First question, can you weld? If so, I would drill the beginning and end of the crack, weld up the floor pan, clean it up, paint it, and call it good. The seat brace is also fixable. What ripped out of the seat brace was the stud and reinforcement behind the sheet metal. Should be able to get the right sized weldable stud (or bolt) and a piece of 12-14 guage sheet metal that you can weld the stud to and then weld the entire piece of sheet metal to the seat brace. I always reinforce the front seat mounts as they tend to tear the seat brace or rip completely out. I just use thicker washers to reinforce where the stud mounts to the seat brace if the stud is still in good condition.

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Never learned, so Id assume pretty terrible, haha... I was gonna get a buddy to help me with that part. Maybe teach me a little bit in the process too. Just did some research and it looks like the seat brace is supposed to be spot welded.

The entire seat brace is spot welded to the floor pan. The stud and reinforcement is induction welded to the seat brace. The reinforcement and stud just pull out of the sheet metal over time (usually a crack starts first and it goes from there).
 
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I appreciate the help! Since I will not be doing the welding, I wasn't sure if its worth to buy a new seat brace or repair whats broke. If you guys think its repairable then Ill go with your opinions on it. Seems easier to repair versus tearing out and installing a new brace.
 
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I appreciate the help! Since I will not be doing the welding, I wasn't sure if its worth to buy a new seat brace or repair whats broke. If you guys think its repairable then Ill go with your opinions on it. Seems easier to repair versus tearing out and installing a new brace.
$150 seat brace plus the time for tearing out and install versus a fairly simple fix with a welder sounds more appealing
 

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$150 seat brace plus the time for tearing out and install versus a fairly simple fix with a welder sounds more appealing
You got it, much easier to repair then to replace in your situation. Otherwise you are buying about $20 in harbor freight spot weld cutters just to get the old seat brace out of there. Then you still have to re-weld the seat brace back in, ect, ect.