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Old 07-31-2018, 10:15 PM   #1
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Do I need floor pans?

I was going to do a full floor pan on my 68 but the back seat looks ok with just a little rust that I'm sanding. The front two sides have some rust to it. What do you all think? I don't believe I'll need a full pan. Would patching it with metal work? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated as I have not done this before.
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Old 07-31-2018, 10:28 PM   #2
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Re: Do I need floor pans?

Yes you do. As you start cutting away the rusty parts you'll find that metal solid enough to weld to is farther away than you first thought...
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Old 08-01-2018, 10:31 AM   #3
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Re: Do I need floor pans?

You'll spend more time with a lot of aggravation trying to patch it up. Believe me.

Full floor, while more expensive makes up for it in a faster and better repair.
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Old 08-01-2018, 11:08 AM   #4
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Re: Do I need floor pans?

Thanks! Looks like I'll be getting 2 new floor pans
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Old 08-01-2018, 01:13 PM   #5
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Re: Do I need floor pans?

How much do you think it would cost if I paid someone to do this for me? I would buy the pans and pay someone to cut and weld.
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Old 08-01-2018, 01:28 PM   #6
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Re: Do I need floor pans?

My body guy who does the welding gets $35 hr and he does the work as needed and then bills. There is no real way to price it before the project starts as there is to many unknowns.
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Old 08-01-2018, 01:53 PM   #7
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Re: Do I need floor pans?

My 2 cents. Cut out only what it takes to get back to good solid metal. New panels don't always fit the best and I've found out that taking a new patch panel and just cutting out what I need works better for me. This picture shows some homemade pieces I made from scratch .Both sides driver/passenger was pretty rusty at the seams. Paying someone would have been$$$.
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Old 08-01-2018, 01:54 PM   #8
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Re: Do I need floor pans?

A welder for 35/hr is really cheap.....
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Old 08-01-2018, 02:12 PM   #9
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Re: Do I need floor pans?

Yep I know and he does real quality work which is why I use him on stuff i can't do.
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Old 08-01-2018, 09:07 PM   #10
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Re: Do I need floor pans?

This is a tough one, if the cab support braces look like the floor then you may be better off with full floor. But, if you are not doing this yourself you are at the mercy of the repair person to get all the gaps and alignment correct. I've done 2 of these rust buckets and have patched in the aftermarket pieces. Not a lot of fun but feels good when done. My current project is:
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You can see the process. Hope this helps and goodluck
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Old 08-01-2018, 09:22 PM   #11
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Re: Do I need floor pans?

Looks good Lanman. My concern is that I'm not sure how to level the front and get the weight off of it. I "think" that is what is supposed to be done before replacing the pans.
Can someone lead me to a video where this is shown? I've look all over the net and can't find anything.
Also, this is like a suburban. So I can't take off the cab, I'm going have to install without taking the body off.
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Old 08-02-2018, 01:16 AM   #12
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Re: Do I need floor pans?

be sure you x brace the heck outta it before you start cutting
can you even get new floor pans for that?
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Old 08-02-2018, 11:06 AM   #13
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Re: Do I need floor pans?

I've found the floor pans. Also found a body shop in town that says he can do it but can't get to it until the end of the month
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Old 08-03-2018, 10:52 PM   #14
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Re: Do I need floor pans?

I'm going to pass on the body shop doing it. Says it will be a minimum of $2000. I'll probably try and do it myself.
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Old 08-03-2018, 11:59 PM   #15
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WOW!! 2k....
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Old 08-06-2018, 11:11 AM   #16
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Re: Do I need floor pans?

Floor pans are going to run me about $300. Anyone know where I can buy at for less?
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:28 PM   #17
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Re: Do I need floor pans?

Cancel that last post. I bought floor pans from IH parts and they should be here on Friday
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Re: Do I need floor pans?

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This is a tough one, if the cab support braces look like the floor then you may be better off with full floor. But, if you are not doing this yourself you are at the mercy of the repair person to get all the gaps and alignment correct. I've done 2 of these rust buckets and have patched in the aftermarket pieces. Not a lot of fun but feels good when done. My current project is:
http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=704128
You can see the process. Hope this helps and goodluck
But is the "cab support" a channel under the floor that is not very rusted? I am amazed at the floor in my cab, it looked about this bad, I patched it and left it, sand blasted and epoxy primed over the pits.

The thing is depending on where the cab is from, my floor and the braces on the BOTTOM side are like friggin brand new! The top is all pitted like that because of water coming in the cab and getting soaked up by carpet or padding or what ever they put there back then. The underside is rock solid.

So if this is like that, patch it, clean it up, and primer it. I guarantee once it's primed and covered with carpet or something, the rust magically goes away.

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Re: Do I need floor pans?

If his cab supports are like mine they're not physically fastened to the floor pans....
He's dealing with a IH here....
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