Project SC300 Road Racer: Part 28 – Getting Safer with Sabelt
close up of square tube steel frame showing freshly drilled holes
Several holes are drilled which ends up allowing for some adjustability in the seat location.

These holes afford several inches of forward/rearward adjustment of the seat. This would hardly be a quick change, as one would need to remove the seat from the side mounts to even get to the bolts holding the side mounts to the seat frame. That being said, it is possible.


weld-in threaded bungs sitting on a work surface
More evidence that this is not Robinson Racing’s first rodeo.

They do so many seat installs on race cars that RRE decided to simply CNC machine threaded weldable inserts. Since the steel tube doesn’t have a lot of wall thickness, trying to tap and thread the holes won’t really work, and wouldn’t be particularly safe, either. These weldable inserts allow for a ton of thread engagement and strength for securing the seat brackets to the frame.


black seat side brackets attached to square tube frame with some tools in the background
With the mounting bungs welded into place, the side brackets are temporarily installed for more mock-up work in the car.


man in purple t-shirt attaching seat to side bracket and frame assembly while everything sits on a work bench
The frame will be set into place with the seat attached and we’ll finalize where I want to sit, more or less. Then the car will be measured for where the frame gets welded in.


black permanent marker line along white seat mount on floor pan of car
Here’s the rough mark for where the seat frame will be welded into place.

You can see that our placement is slightly misaligned from the original holes. Either my body is crooked, I like sitting crooked, or perhaps I was sitting crooked previously. I never noticed it, and the new measurements seem to indicate the mark is more or less parallel to the chassis frame rail, so whatever.

Then again, perhaps the whole car is crooked. Not impossible.


  1. As usual, a very well written article. Thanks, Erik! There is a lot of good information here and I hope that your next update IS about that well-deserved track time. I do have a question, though. At the bottom of page 2, you mention that “The factory seat brackets had been cut and channeled to accommodate flat bar which then had threaded holes installed onto which the seat mount was attached.” So, was the newly installed seat and bracket attached to the old flat bar setup? If so, why didn’t you have Robinson remove the flat bar and do a full install by not using any previously fabricated components? Not to detract from the work done (which is awesome), just a curiosity. Thanks.

    1. @BANSFTC
      Yes, if you look at the last picture on page 2, those are the “original” mounts that were fabricated by the cage builder (different shop). It’s basically flat bar fabbed into the OEM seat mounts. On the middle of page 6 you can see that Barry ground the paint away to expose bare metal, and then welded his new square frame directly to the flat bar that was already there. So, the OEM seat mounts have flat bar welded to them, and then a square frame welded to that.

      Barry felt that the existing flat pieces were welded well enough into the chassis that they would be a suitable mounting point for the new frame. It would’ve been extra hours to chop all that stuff out.

      The other thing is that the OEM mounts are usually (!) safe enough for rollover and serious crashes in terms of being welded into the car. So, using them as a starting point can sometimes be easier because they are often flat in relation to a floor that is far from flat.

      If I was starting over from a bare tub today, Barry probably would’ve opted to make two bars going from the side rail to the tunnel all nice and welded in and then build the seat frame on top of that, but that’s quite a bit of extra work. You can see from the picture on the middle of page 6 that the floor of the driver side is not flat. So to make it work you end up having to start cutting things out of the floor pan and that gets ugly quick.

      I hope that clears it up!

  2. Fat-fingered my own name. I miss the previous format where we would log in.

    Yes, your reply does clear it up. I was thinking about the cross bars that you mentioned (side rail to tunnel), but your explanation makes it clear why it was done with the existing flat stock. Thanks for clarifying. Keep these articles coming! They’re great.

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