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Labeled 1 and 2, working on making a platform with storage underneath in place of my rear seats. Want to put a support beam there but the surface is super uneven. Wanted to see if I could grind/remove them to make a flat surface to cut a beam to. Assuming it's a no, but curious if anyone knows what they are. Thanks all.
 

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That is the 3rd row seat area right ? Why would you go through all the trouble to do this ? Why not just leave the seats in and folded down ? It's not like you rally get any extra space back there by doing this. Am I missing something here ?
 

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It's likely that these can be made flat. Likely made to give the sheet metal ridgedness. Me personally, I wouldn't cut it. Could begin to rust
 

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Labeled 1 and 2, working on making a platform with storage underneath in place of my rear seats. Want to put a support beam there but the surface is super uneven. Wanted to see if I could grind/remove them to make a flat surface to cut a beam to
Could be double layer sound deadening material over strategic areas. Since your building with wood build a level structure over the uneven bottom. IMO wood may not be the best material to use in the harsh environment within the vehicle but if you can keep it dry it should be ok.keep us up to date on your progress as it should be an interesting overland project if that’s your endgame.
 

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Those are factory CLD tiles. I personally wouldn’t remove them. For starters, the adhesive they used is very strong, and like mentioned you may get unwanted rust if you grind and don’t paint/seal after.

They basically are used to dampen unwanted resonance in the sheet metal panels. Think adding mass to a soda can so it doesn’t ting as loud when you flick it.
 

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If his user name is any hint... :)
 

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1 and 2 look like sound dampeners. Easily removed with dry ice.
 

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So I ask again, what did all that get you that just using as is with seats folded down didn't, other than the little extra space under your setup ?
Gotta pile on and wonder as well. ¯\(ツ)
 

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Gotta pile on and wonder as well. ¯\(ツ)
Gotta pile on and wonder as well. ¯\(ツ)
Sorry I don't check here as much as I should. The rear seat removal lost a few hundred pounds which I like to trick myself into thinking helps my MPG and the strain on the old transmission from starting from a stop.

In terms of storage space, I keep a toolbox, jumper cables, fluids, car jacks, oil drain pan, misc bungies and straps, a jumper pack, and other things I'm forgetting in my car 24/7. One bedroom apartment, no garage, and constant fear I'll break down somewhere and wish I had the right tool make me keep everything car related in there. (Almost) all of which fit under the platform I made.

So comparing it to if I had just kept both rows of seats in and had them layed flat, I had two bins and a couple milk crates full of stuff I had to keep strapped down while driving, and then had to move and restrap whenever I needed to put a full load in the back. Now with 80% of them under the platform, I have the same storage space as if I had no tools in the car.

apologies for the late response times
 

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And for those interested in the second half of the platform, it's on indefinite hold. Realizing that my subframe rot is not worth fixing, I'll be happy with what I have and keep driving it until she goes.
I'll still be making a video when the finishing touches on what I have are done, making some slight changes knowing I don't want to spend the time and money on the front half.
All in all it cost me $100 so I'm not too upset, it'll make it more enjoyable for me until the inevitable happens.
Shoutout to the Midwest winters and to my mom for never washing the underside of the car when she owned it for the first 10 years 🤣 Salt is a B*TCH!
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And for those interested in the second half of the platform, it's on indefinite hold. Realizing that my subframe rot is not worth fixing
The forum has several threads on subframe rust. Take some time to check them out for information. Your rear subframe crossmember has significant rust that could compromise things.
 

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Check out this recent video where Aaron makes a decent repair on the rusty subframe for some ideas.
I don’t know if that would suffice for his level of damage. There’s already a significant amount of rust on Shag’s body where Aaron bolts his saddle to. He’d have to probably cut out the floor board and do a lot of rust repair inside that section of the body before bolting on a saddle.

Shag, it already looks like the subframe has pulled out of the body and I’d say it’s probably unsafe to drive the vehicle as-is.
 

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A couple of rear subframe mount rust repairs here...

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Wow thank you, that breaths hope into me. Been dreading the thought of buying another used cars in these markets.
 
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