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Old 07-25-06, 11:23PM   #1
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Default Replacing floor panels

My '59 Pontiac is pretty much rust free but the front passenger floor pan has some holes in it and needs to be replaced. Actually I'm gunna replace the drivers side too because it's really thin. The back floor pans are almost 100% rust free. I'm not really sure why the front is so rusty. My question is, how much should I cut out and where can I get a replacement? I don't think they make replacements for '59s and I don't know of any 59 pontiacs in local junk yards. So what should I do?
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Old 07-26-06, 01:11PM   #2
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I would cut just as much as you need to to have solid metal. that way there is less fab work and the car stays more original.

as for the patch itself Don't know of any, maybe a chevy piece would work or atleast be close.

you could always make the piece I had to make my toe pannel because they don't make it. you can see pictures of it here:

http://www.pontiaczone.com/forum/showthread.php?t=12663

you will see the roughed in piece in the picture, I need to update the thread with the finished piece all welded in, looks much better now.

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Old 07-26-06, 02:07PM   #3
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You may look for some common useless sheel metal in a wrecking yard. An old hood, fender, door, or something like that to make what you need.
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Thanks guys. So sheet metal from the body of an old car should be about the right thickness? And what about those indentions? I suppose thats just for added strength. What do I do about those?
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Thanks Big Time! My dad is good friends with a guy who runs a metal shop. I'll check that out.
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Old 07-27-06, 11:34PM   #6
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Your best bet would be to do the suggested above and just cut out the rust, and replace with a good piece of sheet metal. I also suggest that you but the ends of the metal together and weld them, instead of doing some type of overlap. This will give you a near perfect replacement, that if done right, no one will notice from the underside of the car. Of course, this all depends on your ideal finished product. If you aren't really concerned with what the underside of the car looks like, then just weld it in any way you find easiest.
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Thanks Mike!
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