What is a good source for sheet metal for a floor? The entire floor where your feet go. The seat seems solid enough. I am think of just buying metal fleet galvanzied metal and welding it in. Cover it with some carpeting and call it done.
About $125 each side. Shipping is probably the killer. I notice you are in Minn. If you are not far from St. Paul "Back to the 50's" Swap meet is this weekend. If you can find a vendor that has them and will be going to the meet and hasn't left yet, you can probably get free shipping.
There is a tech article on this site about making your own replacements.
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Last edited by dmptrkr; 06-15-2004 at 07:56 PM.
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They had a one piece floor panel the goes from side to side and from the front seat mount to the toe board, up to where the floor meets the slanted sheet metal under the pedals. I didn't see it listed on their website, you'll have to call them to make sure they still make it.
BTW, if you go with the galvanized metal idea, make sure you use good ventilation and breathing protection. Welding galvanized metal really gives off noxious fumes, it will make you sick if you're not careful. I would go with regular mild steel and then apply a good epoxy primer and paint.
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I didn't see the reasoning to pay so much for 'custom' formed floor panels... I just bought some 14 ga cold rolled sheet (actually I got it at work) and cut out the toeboard and back to the seat... welded in the patch piece and was done... I plan to undercoat the bottom, seam seal the joints and carpet the top... who'll know ??? still have to build the hump...but you can see what I've done...
check with a local steel supplier or fab shop... you might find a piece large enough in their drop pile... 2' x 5' would do the lower floor and another to do the toe board... pay attention to bracing the cab before you start torching...
I like the home made floor board idea. i think I can get the metal fairly cheap. I will have to price that versus a factory made one. The F-3 needs teh floor and the toe boards. The fenders surprising have less rust then my 1977 4x4. I am actually going to drive the truck and work on it. It will be as econd vehicle and a pass time that I enjoy.
I haven't had to deal with floor pans on my truck but on my last two MGBs I had to replace the floor pans and made my own from 14 gauge galvanized steel as John did. Worked just fine and I did both cars and have a big piece of steel left over for a fraction of what one formed pan would have cost. Yes it was more trouble and of course it's not any good if you're concerned with a true restoration - but if functional preservation is your goal and you're budget minded it's the only way to go. Do be careful if you use galvanized metal because - as was already noted - if you breath the fumes from the galvanizing material it will make you very sick indeed. Grind or sand the galvanized area back at least a 1/2 inch where you intend to weld and then be sure that you have a well ventilated area to work in or wear an appropriate respirator or both. It's not something to play around with.
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