OK, here's another status update with the obligatory pictures............. Welded the seat riser back in to prepare for the foam seat trial fit. The seat cushion bottom is 6" of hard foam in the front And 4.5" at the back of the seat The backrest is 2" thick at the bottom, tapering up to nothing at the top - this is the hard foam, and there's 2" of soft foam that goes over that. Here's the old guy sitting in his truck. OK, it is true confession time - I'm 6'3" and about 240#. The two extra inches of the softer foam is in the back. The fit was good and there seemed to be plenty of room. My steering wheel is from a '59 Cadillac and is pretty large but belly seems to clear fine. Arm is ok level with door window. I've seen nicer legs on a turkey! Gas tank is in - made the straps from scraps and some 18 ga steel sheet Went to the forklift junkyard and picked up this emergency brake handle that goes over-center to engage the parking brake. Thinking about extending the handle 6" and mounting next to the gear shift knob. It's adjustable by twisting the knob to tighten the cable. Please let this work, as I can't stand to admit defeat and buy a Lokar. Continuing to metal finish the grill pieces to get ready for the plating shop. I bumped them with a hammer and dolly, filed them with a flat-bastard file, then 180 grit, then 320 grit. I put them on the polisher to make sure I'd gotten all the file marks out and get an idea how they're going to look plated. Here's the monster polishing lathe at Wyatt's shop. He picked it up cheap when a wheel polishing and repair place in town went out of business. Scares the hell out of me. The rest of the grill slats waiting for polish And that's about it for now. Next stop is the plater - and then we wait!