*****in' Floorpan Install
I am about finished up installing my *****in' Products Big Block Firewall in my '35 ford, and in a few weeks will be ready to install the *****in' products Floorboards (Firewall to rear).
Here's the question-I have been reading not only the instructions, but various Magazine Articles related to this install. In a '99 Street Rodder Article, they used an Automotive Adhesive made by SEM to install the Floorpans. It looked great when finished. Most of the Articles I have read talk about "stitching" or rosette Welding the Floorpans to the Body, and I know it should be strong enough, but it appears to me that the Adhesive (claimed to be as strong or stronger than a Weld) used all the way around would be stronger. Also, I would think that the Adhesive may "Seal" better even though you are using a Seam Sealer. Wouldn't there also be a time savings?
If this is true, then how do you prepare the Metal? Just clean and rust free? What about epoxy priming it first? On all of the seams I have been welding (structurally), I have been using Weld Through Primer, and that stuff (IMHO) welds terribly! I have not used this type of Product before-what are the Pro's and Con's?
when lord fusor intro'ed their stuctural adhesive, i had a chance to test it out
we bonded some index card sized pieces of metal together, let them set till they were cured according to the instructions then tried to seperate them
the piece i was working on was put in a vise and chisled on to no real effect
then i layed it down across the 1" thick cast iron floor drains and beat it with a mini sledge hammer. the only way it became 2 pieces again was by beating the pieces till they were as thick as tinfoil
that being said, i still prefer neatly fitting the panel and butt welding them all the way around, then grinding / filling for a perfect finish
no overlap mean noplace for rust to start, and no need for welding primer (i hate that stuff too)
do you guys happen to know the name of the sealer that is used to glue in the drain plugs in the floor boards. thanks
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