G-man, sorry to hear about your eyes. Glad to hear you recovered and healed. Thanks for giving the heads up to other members.
Because the center transmission / driveshaft tunnel was in good shape and VERY SOLID . . . . I didn't see the need to cut out good metal and the entire floor pan. Besides, current trucking costs for a full floor pan would probably be very expensive.g-man. I ran into this very issue with my sons 57. My boards were horrendous and there were a lot of other issues that had to be fixed. My son’s car not quite so bad but in the helm of what yours look like. At first glance I thought I could make the repairs with new braces, some new pans and all would be good. But each time I started to cut or weld I was blowing holes through everything because of how thin the metal was in the floor boards. My longtime friend had encouraged me to replace the entire floor from the get go but I resisted. I could fix it, I was sure. In the end, he was right, we surrendered and got an entire floor. Under 1000 with braces and inner rockers already attached. it was a little work don’t get me wrong, but we ended up with a way better result.
just food for thought.
Damn. I'm feeling very lucky now. Thanks for sharing. I need to get a shield.I wanted to share a couple of mistakes I made when I was cutting out the floors . . . . and maybe this will save others from doing the same.
I should have covered the interior of all the glass windows with cardboard, old blankets or thick plastic to prevent damage to them. When I was cutting the floors out with the cut off wheels, glowing hot metal sparks were flying off the cut off wheels and hitting the glass.
When these tiny white hot metal slivers hit the glass, they melted onto the glass. So now the interior of all my glass is covered with hundreds and hundreds of tiny metal slivers melted into them. I can pop the slivers of metal off with a razor blade but it still leaves a hundreds of tiny little melted spots on the glass that you can feel with your hand.
(I bought a new windshield and a back glass and I plan on replacing them soon. I ordered the windshield and back glass panel in separate orders from Auto City Classics. I am pleased with Auto City Classics because the windshield and back glass were packaged very well to prevent damage and their prices were in line with other suppliers. In addition, Auto City Classics did not ship these as truck freight but instead Auto City Classics shipped them as an oversize FedEx package, so the shipping was only $110 per item, compared to most suppliers that ship these as truck freight, which definitely would have cost more).
I should have worn better eye protection.
I wore safety glasses when I was using the cut off wheels, air chisel or during any grinding . . . . however, the safety glasses had small gaps on the sides that allowed tiny slivers of metal to get into my eyes.
These are the type of safety glasses that I was wearing.
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I few days after cutting out the floors, my eyes swelled up so bad I could barely open them and could hardly see anything.
I ended up having to go to an eye surgeon to have a sliver of metal removed from each of my eyes. Had to wear an eye patch on one of them for 3 days and treatment of antibiotics in both. Took about 18 days for my eyes to fully heal and return back to normal.
I should have been wearing better protective goggles like these . . which have a gasket and fit tight to your face and prevents anything from coming in from the side.
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In addition to the protective goggles, I should also have been wearing a good quality protective face shield such as this.
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I bought these items AFTER my eyes had been injured . . . to make sure this never happens again.
Got them off Amazon and they had good reviews.
I have been using them ever since this happened and will continue to do so in the future.
I got lucky and my eyes recovered . . . . but don't make my mistake . . . it could have been much worse.