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pointers in welding my new floor pans in my nova

Any input on putting my new driver side floor pan. I haven't cut the old one out yet. My plans are to trace the new pan to old just a bit smaller for a small lip to weld to. It's not a show car by no means but I don't want a hack job. Any input will help. Thanks.

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drill point screws

You can use washer head drill point screws to hold the parts in alignment while you tack then in alignment. take them out when your done and spot the holes.
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Some of those magnets from Harbor Freight that look like big arrows could be of assistance also.

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if you really want to do it the right way, you should do your floorpan as a butt weld and not an overlap weld. If you go the overlap weld route, you'll need to seal it up very well underneath with seam sealer or moisture will find its way in there. Overlap welds also end up looking like hackjobs.

If you go the buttweld route, Eastwood makes a nice clamp for holding metal panels together.

http://www.eastwood.com/intergrip-pa...-set-of-4.html
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my 2 cents.

tune welder on similar gauge scrap.

clean to shiny metal b4 welding.

protect yourself w/ leather when welding overhead.

keep good factory seams when practical.

allow stitches to cool to avoid warping.

consider auto darkening helmet.
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Clean ,clean, clean.....Everyone always cleans the inside pretty well but almost everyone overlooks cleaning the outside,where its most important...get the car up high and make the outside look pretty so when its up on a lift it s unnoticable ,the inside gets covered with carpet ..............drill screws will be your best friend..
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