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Old 06-04-2013, 03:18 PM
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thats not bad at all..
would it be cheaper/faster to get a new floor from a dry climate junk yard?
you have no roof so dropping it in shouldn't be that hard
Yes. It definitely would faster though not cheaper. I am going to make the intire assembly from firewall to rear axle. I have the tools and being retired, the time. The floor pan assemblies with braces are 1025 dollars plus truck freight from Ecklers, not counting the inner rockers. I can make them for a couple of sheets of 18 gauge. I am hoping that there will be some guys out there on a budget that will like to see it done.

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oh man. one of those jobs where after you cut out each piece and you find something else, and this isn't even the hidden rust!
You got it Henry. I am not going to try to save any of it. Building the whole bottom of the car from scratch. I am going to start a thread. It will be time consuming but with the shrinker/stretcher jaws I can make the braces even if I have to make them in pieces.

I have always built rusty cars no one else wanted. The key is you have to start with a car that will have value when you are done. This is how I manage to play with my cars. I try to make the hobby pay for itself. In return, I donate my labor. Of course it helps that I don't do it all day long for a living.

As a side note, when I retired from the Telephone Co, I started doing customer work. I lasted about 6 months and hated it. It took a couple of years for me to begin to enjoy going back to the garage to play with my toys.

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Old 06-04-2013, 03:31 PM
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o to have the tools to make my own panels.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:24 PM
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o to have the tools to make my own panels.
Most of my tools are either home made ot imports. the shrinker/stretcher, planishing hammer and 3 foot brake together cost less than the front pan assembly but they work.....kinda sorta.

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Sounds like you're embarking on a fun project John! Lots of work, but I enjoy fabricating my own sheetmetal too. I'm not all that good at it, but I know when I'm done it's new, strong, and the rust is gone.
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Got my buckets back in and then back on the wiring. Finished the rear tailights, and the instrument panel. Wont be doing anything tomorrow, as it's opening day for Beaches, our weekly summer cruise! I bet there'll be 1200+ cars tomorrow with 82 degrees predicted!
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I'll be looking for the new thread on your car, John. I'm fasinated by people who can fabricate a floor like that. I don't have the skill or patience to do that. I'd rather buy a complete pan and start from that. And then fight with it to make it fit...
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:25 PM
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Got my buckets back in and then back on the wiring. Finished the rear tailights, and the instrument panel. Wont be doing anything tomorrow, as it's opening day for Beaches, our weekly summer cruise! I bet there'll be 1200+ cars tomorrow with 82 degrees predicted!
I am jealous. You are really coming along. Looking good

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I'll be looking for the new thread on your car, John. I'm fasinated by people who can fabricate a floor like that. I don't have the skill or patience to do that. I'd rather buy a complete pan and start from that. And then fight with it to make it fit...
Amen on the fight to make them fit. Most all of them are "near fit panels".....if your lucky.

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I won't forget. Going to need lots of money for resin..........
John Don't patch those floor holes! Think plexyglass! It could be like one of those class bottom boats! With the top down you could have a 360 degree view!
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I won't forget. Going to need lots of money for resin..........
John Don't patch those floor holes! Think plexyglass! It could be like one of those class bottom boats! With the top down you could have a 360 degree view!

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Crap! Now I'm stuttering!

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John Don't patch those floor holes! Think plexyglass! It could be like one of those class bottom boats! With the top down you could have a 360 degree view!

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Good point. Clear resin it is.
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That was worth a double post LOL

Build it don't buy it ,get the feeling of accomplishment.
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I'll be looking for the new thread on your car, John. I'm fasinated by people who can fabricate a floor like that. I don't have the skill or patience to do that. I'd rather buy a complete pan and start from that. And then fight with it to make it fit...
Just posted the thread. Hope to start cutting tomorrow. It just occurred to me my wife's nephew has my bead roller about 40 miles from here. will have to get it back pretty quick.

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I won't forget. Going to need lots of money for resin..........
Mount a scoop under it ,,Inttant Air Cond.
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Mount a scoop under it ,,Inttant Air Cond.
I'll bet some people like you until they get to know you better.......
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