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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-28-2002, 12:05 PM
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I'm closer than I have ever been to welding in the new floor pans into my 86 blazer. Here's the question.. I am replaceing the area just behind where the seats bolt to the floor (including where the seat mounts to the floor). The new piece of floor which I ordered from LMC is an exact replica. Do I fully remove the old rotted floor which does have "some" good metal in a few areas and weld the new floor in to the surronding metal, or do i plate the old floor with the new floor, and weld to it? How is this typically done? I'm extremely new to the world of rust repair! Any help is appreciated!!
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-28-2002, 12:14 PM
 
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im not sure if this is right or not, but i the way i see it and the way i did it, you have the entire new panel, why not put the whole thing in. ya know, you paid for it all, why use old. that and the old metal can have cancer in it and you just not see it yet.
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yeah I suppose that is a good point. I'm a little worried that if I remove what's left of the old floor, and weld in the new it might night be as strong as before. I guess I don't really understand the strength of a good weld just yet =) thanks for the help
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no problem, when you cut out the old floor, there are cross memmbers that will support the floor so as long as you dont cut those you should be fine
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Drey!? A good point!? [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Yeah, might as well have as much new metal as possible...
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it all seems logical to me. Thanks again for the help.
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Doing a body off resto? Herculine or something the whole underside. That way it doesn't come back.[img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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after doing a whole body, I DETEST BONDO next time its rusting im throwing the bed in the scrap pile, buying new front fenders/ door skins and rezzybeding the back half, hey the trucks will look the same then [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
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I'm not doing a complete body-of-frame restoration, but something similar. In the long run I should have ripped the body off and started with cleaning up the frame, working my way up. I do plan on useing hurculiner inside the truck. Is there any sort of underbody sealent in a can that is worth while?? I've heard nothing but bad things about underbody coating in a can, but it is still tempting to try. Also, another quick question. I'm replacing the body mounts with ORD poly mounts and a 1-inch ORD body lift.. should I do this after the new floor is put in front and rear or afterwards? Would it make a difference if I changed the body mounts out before the floor was completely sound?
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I'd say do it all in one shot at the same time, but it occurs to me that the floorboards might be a bit easier to work with if the body lift and poly mounts were on. Little more room to work with.

I've had good luck with the Duplicolor Asphault undercoating. Not the rubberized stuff. Personally, I'd just Herculine everything, top and bottom, inside and out. Undercoating isn't 100%. You do it correctly, the bedliner is.[img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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