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Old 01-26-2009, 10:37 PM   #11
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Matt, nice job - I think you did it the right way.
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Old 01-27-2009, 06:53 PM   #12
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Huh.......I wouldn't have thought to do it that way, but NICE JOB! I've got my 47 2 door sedan on a rotissorie now. The floors are solid, but the trunk floor is swiss cheese. I believe I'll be able to R & R a trunk floor on the rotissorie fine, then, like you, be able to paint the u nderside on it. Thanks for provoking thought!
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:02 PM   #13
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Matt. Thank you for this post. You have given me finaly an idea I can use, without ending up with a fiasco.
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Old 02-01-2009, 04:05 AM   #14
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How long did this take you ????
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:42 AM   #15
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Matt,

Great illustrations!

I have two questions: 1) Along the front edge of the floor pans where and what type of weld are you using here, is is along the top, or is it underneath using some form of spot weld? 2) Along the back edge of the floor, is this all drilled out for plug welds?

I am debating a full floor replacement and am gathering as much info on this to help make a decision.
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:32 PM   #16
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Sorry I didnít answer everyoneís questions earlier. I havenít been on the forum in a few days.

Mikeh57,

I did the complete floor in about 5 days. This included cleaning and welding new patch panels on the floor braces. My center brace was in good shape. I had to weld ends on the long curved brace under the rear seat. Then I welded the 2 floor sections to the floor braces that were bolted to the frame.

The actual installation of the completed floor/frame to the body took about 1.5 hrs. I did everything myself. If you have an extra set of hands, it might take less time. I was very careful about measurements while I built the floor on the frame. It might take longer to reattach the full floor to the body if you make mistakes during this process.

55PaulyT,

Along the front edge of the floor pan near the toe boards I will use a rosette weld, butt weld, or plug weld. For now I attached the floor to the body using sheet metal screws. Along the back I drilled holes for another series of plug welds. I used a 5/16 inch drill bit about 2 inches apart.

I really liked installing the floor this way. Iíve done it both ways now, inside the car and like this example as a one piece assembly. Most of my braces were in good shape so I was able to save a few dollars. Buying a one piece floor does save time but they usually cost more. If youíre worried about alignment then the one piece floor might be worth the price for simplicity.

Iím in the process of replacing my exterior sheet metal. Iím working on the driverís side rocker/a pillar area. Iíll weld the rockers to the floor once Iím satisfied with my door gap and have my quarter panel section in place. Iím not going to make the mistake that I made on the tail pan. I need to grind a few welds to realign the tail pan with the trunk lid for a more consistent gap along the bottom of the trunk lid.


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Old 02-05-2009, 06:45 PM   #17
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....to skin a cat. Nice work Matt! My biggest fear of doing it that way is discovering unseen structural damage half way through the job. But you got it done and it looks good.


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Old 02-05-2009, 07:18 PM   #18
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Great job. thanks for the pics too. Can't wait to start doing the same to my 56.
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Incredible work for doing this by yourself!

I have one question about the full floor pan. Where did you purchase it?

I see the one from Danchuck @ $1300.00 versus the CARS on@ $2700.00 or so. I assume that the CARS is made USA and the Danchuck is China. I am not content with buying the China version. Any advice on quality floor pans/braces, etc would be great.

My '55 has lost inner and out rockers as well as all the outboard braces. I really only need about the floor area from the A pillar area to front of the rear wheel well and 8" (well to where the seat mount, which is gone) into the floor. I have to get the car acid dipped before I make a final decision.

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Incredible work for doing this by yourself!

I have one question about the full floor pan. Where did you purchase it?

I see the one from Danchuck @ $1300.00 versus the CARS on@ $2700.00 or so. I assume that the CARS is made USA and the Danchuck is China. I am not content with buying the China version. Any advice on quality floor pans/braces, etc would be great.

My '55 has lost inner and out rockers as well as all the outboard braces. I really only need about the floor area from the A pillar area to front of the rear wheel well and 8" (well to where the seat mount, which is gone) into the floor. I have to get the car acid dipped before I make a final decision.
I have sold many of the Taiwan complete floors here on TriFive with no complaints. The one that CARS list you must buy the inner rockers $65.00 each and they have a seam down the middle. It has been reported that they are also too short at the inner wheel well area where the floor mets the trunk. Check our listing in "Classified", we have them listed for $879.95 plus shipping.
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