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Bilko 12-29-2006 03:59 PM

Best tool for floor pan removal?
I am getting ready to replace the floorpans in my 49 chevy styleline. And I was wondering what tool would be best to remove the old floor pans and to use to trim the new one's. This is the first time I am going to do this,is there any pointers that you can share. Thanks Mike from MI

Arrowhead 12-29-2006 07:13 PM

Like most projects, whatever tool works the best at the time. I like the 4" cutoff wheels on a hand held grinder. If I'm seperating a spot welded seam, drill out the spot weld on the piece your removing and then air chisel it off. If the layer your removing is really rusted, I don;t even bother cutting at the spot welds, the air chisel will pound it right off. I've even used a cutting torch to burn off the top layer of a seam.

Just make sure you protect the glass if you use the grinder to cut, the sparks will imbed in the glass and you'll have a mess.

lowstreet 12-29-2006 07:33 PM

plasma cutters are nice.

poncho62 12-29-2006 07:34 PM

Ideal tool for cutting out a floor is a plasma cutter, but not everyone can afford that. The cutoff wheel is probably your best bet. I use a good set of shears too.

Bilko 12-29-2006 09:29 PM

Yea I would love to use a plasma but the funds are not there yet! Some day after the wife has a few kids I'll be sure to get one. I hope anyway :mwink:
Arrowhead thanks for the tip about the glass. Thanks Mike from MI

OneMoreTime 12-29-2006 10:53 PM

One of those air body saws work well..they look like a mini sawzall..I use mine quite a bit...A lot less than a plasma cutter..Get a good one tho..


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