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Old 10-14-2011, 07:31 PM
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Trunk floor replacement

I have a 1971 chevy camaro. I m doing the body work little by little. Most of the panels need replacement. The center of my trunk floor needs replacement. ,I am more than likely going to do both rear lower quarter panels. Should I do the trunk floor first? I dont need the whole trunk floor replaced. Only the rotted metal Im going to replace. What would be the easiest least expensive way to do this. What would be the best welding technique? I am going to rent a welding machine and do the work myself. Any help would be greatly appreciated. God Bless

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I'd do the trunk first even though it doesn't really make any difference. Without seeing your trunk floor it's hard to tell you what to do but I would buy enough 18 gauge sheet metal to fully cover the rusted out portion. Make sure you get plenty so you can hit good sheet metal to weld to.

Use a 90 deg die grinder to remove all the old trunk crap that has built up so you have fresh metal to weld to. You can also get a spray can of weldable primer to use prior to welding. Rent a mig welder (110v. will do) and practice a bit if you've never used one, make sure you have a GOOD ground and skip weld the panel in place. Go back and forth across the panel so you don't warp it.
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I have a '67 that needs the center pan too. I bought the preformed pan and it will sit right in place without any fabrication.

On renting a Mig. No clue what it will cost for you to rent one, but for as much work as you describe, it may make more sense to buy one and use it whenever you want instead of paying the rent and not owning it. There are some really decent 110v machines out there for around 3-400
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