A conversation and some frustration turned into the purchase of a NOS rear seat kick panel. I didn't think these existed but at least one does and I bought it. I can take this off the list of 'shit I have to find' and move it to the list of 'shit I have to get put on the car'.
There are a few minor issues with this piece - nothing serious. It should go into the pan pretty easily. There's no secret that the pan needs some rather significant work to be correct for the body of the car. I may as well do it right. I don't want to look back on this and regret taking a short cut 'a while ago'.
The seat belts will need brackets welded to the pan, the rear seat kick panel will be replaced, the brake tubes will need to be tweaked to work with the IRS rear end.
I bought these years ago and have been dragging them from house to house as we move all over the place and I wondered if I'd ever use them. I now know the answer.
I took a trip to Home Depot and picked up a piece of sheet metal. I traced the FastFab bracket and make it one hole longer.
It's rather ugly in appearance - but I was able to confirm that, if made correctly, it'll fit and work. I might make another one - drilling the holes first and I'd make a slight change to the bracket.
Sometime next week when things are a little less nuts I will seek out a fabrication shop to make one that's more suitable in appearance and fit.
Next up is the bracket for the oil cooler - then I can get that chapter closed. I can't fucking wait.