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Old November 10th, 2009, 11:47 PM
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Post by warthog on Jun 8, 2006, 1:16pm

All winter I had the cab in the garage and replaced the floor pans, inner/outer rocker panels, and rear corner of cab on both sides. I know I could have bought another cab to replace mine, but I wouldn't have learned anything. I learned a lot trying to figure out how to get the metal to bend the correct way or how to recreate the piece to look the same (or close to) as the original. I destroyed a new replacement full length floor pan, but got some good learnings and scrap from it. I had bought some sheet metal books, a few body hammers & dollies, and read a lot from others here and across the internet for some how to's. Thanks to those who posted their pics. Special thanks to whomever it was that did the cross bars to hold the trans tunnel, that had me stumped for a few weeks how to hold it up.

Figured it was easier to link the page, than try to paste all the pics in. Here's a link to some pics I put on photobucket:

Driver side:
http://s35.photobucket.com/albums/d183/w..../Driver%20side/

Passenger side:
http://s35.photobucket.com/albums/d183/w....rk/Pass%20Side/

Figured ya'll might be interested in these pics.
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Re: Cab floor work
Post by socal715 on Jun 8, 2006, 1:22pm

Beautiful!
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Post by fredrader on Jun 8, 2006, 1:56pm

Great job
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Re: Cab floor work
Post by bluesman2a on Jun 8, 2006, 2:19pm

WOW.... Just... WOW.... No I really mean ****WOW****!!!!

That's BEAUTIFUL work. It also gives me some ideas for mine when I get ready to do it.

A couple of questions/comments though:
1) How did you get those raised/ribbed sections on your panels? Did you make it, or buy it?
2) Don't forget to drill the holes for your front body mounts (I recently had to deal with mine, so the experience is fresh in my mind).
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Re: Cab floor work
Post by warthog on Jun 8, 2006, 2:47pm

Thanks for the comments. Even the wife said for all the racket I was making downstairs something good came out of it.

I bought full length floor panels +1, inner & outer rocker panels for both sides from Jeepanels plus. All were majority correct, but still needed to make some modifications to all. They did the ribs.

I have since drilled a 1/2" hole through the floors. For where the body mounts are I took a piece of square tubing and welded a washer on each end and then welded into the support (can see in some of the pics). So when I torque down on the bolt or flex the frame I won't leave a new spot to catch water.

I'll be doing some type of a bed liner across the entire floor, make it easier to wash out and hide some welds I couldn't smooth with a grinder.
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Re: Cab floor work
Post by warthog on Jun 8, 2006, 5:23pm

In regards to the ribs for both panels, where the support does a slight curve in the back; they didn't take this into account with the ribs and they sat on top of the support. I hammered em flat where they sat on the support. This caused em to get a buckle that popped up & down when pushed. I learned to heat the effected area and then quickly apply a cold wet rag to contract the metal. Did that a few times with some extra hammering and they firmed up. After paint, they look fine as frog hair.
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Post by robertcowan on Jun 8, 2006, 5:57pm

great craftmanship !!!!!!! especially if you never done it before. amazeing what a can do attitude can do huh ? carry on.
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Re: Cab floor work
Post by mikel on Jun 8, 2006, 5:58pm

I did EXACTLY the same thing (you can see my pictures in my the members gallery) and I take my hat off to you. You had quite a bit more rust than I did, and you did a really impressive job. Sure, it would have been easier to get a nice cab, but think of how much your skills have expanded
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Post by poolmike on Jun 8, 2006, 6:01pm

That is most impressive....a cab that was rustier than mine.

Nice Work!!!
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Post by fisherman on Jun 8, 2006, 6:13pm

That's how you do it. VERY nice job. I underook my own rust removal as well. Isn't that satisfying to look at all your hard work. Great job. Fisherman
 

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