starting the floor
Hi All -
I'm full blown into the teardown of my '64 impala. The front clip will be off off the car this weekend and the motor, tranny will be out by the following. Once those things are out, I'm diving into the process of replacing the floor.
For all of you vetrans out there, this is probably a piece of cake, but this is going to be my first and there is a LOT of metal that has to be replaced. I need the following...
1. inner/outer rockers
2. full floor (toe boards are ok)
3. all floor pan braces (front, rear seat and the front platform braces)
4. POSSIBLY the rear seat floor pan and brace as well.
Now, my car is a convertible and still on the frame. Obviously, I don't start cutting out anything until I have all my new sheet metal in hand.
The question is, with so much metal needing to be replaced, where do I start? I still have the doors on it because I was thinking I would need them on to verify rocker panel alignment and for strength. Is this correct or should I pull the doors off, and brace the "A" and "B" pillars with tube stock?
In my mind, these were the steps I was going to take...
1. Drill out spot welds on front floor pan and remove.
2. Remove pan braces
3. replace rockers (1 at a time)
4. replace front pan braces
5. remove rear pan (if necessary)
6. remove rear pan brace (if necessary)
7. replace rear brace and pan
8. replace floor pan
9. DRINK HEAVILY
Any guidance that can be provided here is greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
I have never done this either, but I do know this much.
Convertibles have extra bracing in the rockers........Don't miss this.
Also, if I was going to remove a convertible from the frame, I would weld or bolt braces across the door openings. There is no roof to hold the body together, and without the frame, it will flex a lot. Those rotten rockers of yours would be the only thing holding it together. Personally, I would get the new rockers in before removing it from the frame.
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