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hey guys, well upon furthur inspection i found a rust spot in my car that i dunno if its common or not. Im hoping its a common thing and ill be ok for a little while. On the driver side floor at the back bolts for the seat, there is a rust hole, looks like the floor split , its not a actual hole yet, but i notice when i sit in the seat or put pressure on the seat either up or down, the floor flexes up and down about an inch, is this serious guys, i dont plan on driving this car in the winter anymore, it will be stored away, it will be a spring , summer and fall car. I guess what im worried about is the seat crashing through the floor and myself getting very hurt!!??

im new to mustangs soo can anyone tell me if this is common ?? and if i should be ok and safe to drive the car for a few years like this ??
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Yes, that is a common place for our cars to rust. Replacement floor panels are fairly cheap. Also, they make reinforcement plates for that go along the floor under the seat to sturdy them up a little bit. As long as the whole floor under the seat isnt rotted, you should be fine, but I would look into getting that fixed.
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any other opinions from fellow fox body owners ? should i be worried, should i be thinking i got ripped off ?? will this cause problems if i get into using the 306's torque when the new clutch gets put in ?
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yes 1 inch of flex is definately serious, looks like my car had the same problem, the PO fixed by welding in new metal and getting subframe connectors with seat supports. and seats, seat frames, and floor boards are def an issue with alot of torque on these cars, i would get subframe connectors with the seat supports it def stiffens things up nicely
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Common areas of rust: floor pan, door jamb, rear quarters, etc. You will want to get some replacement floor pans and subframe conn. Should fix your worries.
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o damn, alot more money then i thought i would be putting in this car!!!
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o damn, alot more money then i thought i would be putting in this car!!!
you don't have to spend your money on the fix. you can keep spending it on go fast parts and maybe one day it won't onlt be the tires leaving skid marks
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That's common, having to put money in when you didn't think you would be. You can get a patch panel welded in to repair it, or replace the pan itself. They don't cost much at all.
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you don't have to spend your money on the fix. you can keep spending it on go fast parts and maybe one day it won't onlt be the tires leaving skid marks
im concerned with the torque making the rear of the seat bust through the floor on the side closest to the doors.
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Yes, that is a common place for our cars to rust. Replacement floor panels are fairly cheap. Also, they make reinforcement plates for that go along the floor under the seat to sturdy them up a little bit. As long as the whole floor under the seat isnt rotted, you should be fine, but I would look into getting that fixed.
do those reinforcment panels go right under the seat or behind the seat a bit ?? like would the sit right under the seats or would they sit where the rear bolts go into the floor ?
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i think im gonna go with one of those re-inforcement panels, anyone know if these bolt in or have to be professionally welded in ?
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Common areas of rust: floor pan, door jamb, rear quarters, etc. You will want to get some replacement floor pans and subframe conn. Should fix your worries.
I believe you forgot the hatch I have yet to see a perfect one here in N.Y.
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anyone know if those floor reinforcement braces have to be welded in or bolted in ?
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Welded, might as well do yourself a favor and get the weld in subframes too.
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I believe you forgot the hatch I have yet to see a perfect one here in N.Y.

Never had a problem w/ my hatch. EVerything else has tried to come back to haunt. I assume you are talking about where the hinges mount?
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