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Floored - Need inspriation with truck cab floor ideas

Thanks for reading this, I am currently in the process of having to do two custom floors for 2 project trucks I am doing. Both trucks are body swaps on to different frames. The 1st one I plan on tackling is my 1947 Studebaker M5 pickup on an 87 Dakota chassis. The 2nd one is a 50 Chevy pickup on a 93 S-10 Chassis. Been searching, reading threads and other peoples posts, however question comes in to use box channel, angle, etc for floor bracing and some ideas for transmission and drive shaft tunnels. If you have photos, if you can put them on here or link to them I'd appreciate it. Just need some fresh ideas.

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One of the easier things to do..I think. is to get a donor floor from something..if you are using a Dakota chassis then cut the floor out of the old Dakota cab..that has the mounts in the right place we hope..buiding a whole new pan from scratch can be a caution..Ask me how I know..

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Well the Dakota frame has been stripped of all of it's original mounts. I made a set of new mounts for the Stude, but not against changing them. I have to open up the firewall for the 350 as well as make a tunnel for the 700r4 plus the same thing needs to be done for my 50 Chevy pickup on an S-10 chassis. Figured I'd do the Stude first...get the hang of it and then do it again on the 50. The Dakota and S10 cabs are long gone, and a floor from scratch should be no big deal. These cabs are flat floored. Just looking for some input on the structural steel gauge as well as just some general trans hump ideas, etc. Thanks for the input.

Here's a photo in mock up.

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floors......
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they can be tricky!
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well in that case then I think I would go with an 18 gauge sheet metal and make some stiffeners by bending strips into angles to be tacked to the underside of the floor..be sure and put some reinforcing in way of the seat belt attachments and at the points where the cab bolts down..if you can maintain the rockers on the cabs as they provide good strength to the cab assembly..cut an outline of the trans hump at least where it goes and then just for me I like to have the hump removable so I can easily access the bellhousing bolts in the event I need to pull a trans or something..one way to do this is to get some thin ply from the lbr yard and a make at least a rough template of the metal pieces..at the intersection of the firewall and floor one can spot weld those together with a flange and that seems to work well..

I think once you cut a template out of ply and lay it in there it will come to you just where and how much reinforcing that will be needed..

The trans hump can either be a simple square corner affair or you can make it a curve if you like..

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Well now we are getting somewhere. Rather than bending metal into an angle, I plan to buy the material, so say a shopping list of 3/4 x 3/4 angle, some 1 x 2 or 1 x 3 box and of course the sheet metal for floor, toe and firewall. Or what would you suggest? The rockers are good on both trucks, Cab mounts can go wherever I decide to put them. I have a set on the frame now, most likely I will re-land them right were they are. Here's the way the floor is now. There's a boogered piece of bed floor for the drivers side (this was used for mock up knowing it would be replaced) There's also a seat riser under the bench. I'd like to remove that as well. The motor and trans (original Dakota v6 has been removed, and the Chevy 350 is longer meaning I will have to make room in the firewall. I plan to start putting the motor in the dakota chassis, then start on the cab of the studebaker. Just want to get some ideas before I dive into the cab.

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Howdy! I'm currently putting together a 47' Ford cab on a s10 frame.
For the floor I used 2x1" thin wall tube. works awesome and cheap
too. Don't have a photo yet but I'll try to get one to ya.
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2x1 for the entire floor?

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I have seen people use angle and others use tubing. Starting to think that it's just whatever they had on hand. I don't mind buying the materials I need. Perhaps I will get a mix of angle channel and box. Now, any suggestions of gauge for the angle and box?

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I have just completed the work on a 37 Ford PU. I replaced the floor under the seat. I happened to have a heavy duty mold and mallet to hammer in the stiffening ribs and used 18 ga metal. I made the ribs to stick up, vice down, so water would not stand in them it were to get wet in the cab, like leaving the windows down and it comes a down pour. I could have used 1/2 X 1/2 square tubing from 14 ga and welded them in. I made the kick board by using the original side pieces and adding the center section made to fit the recessed firewall and the 700 R 4. The center section was made from ply wood, as per the original and it was easily cut to clear the 700 R 4 and the final build was made to cover the tranny and marry to the wood and kick board. You can see PICs of all these in my journal titled JBs 37 Pickup.

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Trees, ironically I was looking at your journal before you posted. Some good ideas there. Thanks for chiming in, I will take a closer look at your journal again.
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