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iamblackjack
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From: A small town in South East Texas.............Houston.
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posted 03-27-2002 12:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for iamblackjack   Click Here to Email iamblackjack     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I've got my car up on the rotessire and I noticed that the floor pan (left, right and tranny tunnel) is all one piece. I looked through a couple of my catalogs and I didn't see anything but left and right floor pans.

My question is: Does anyone offer a one piece pan?

I would also like a few tips on what to look out for when I get arround to replacing them. The only pans I've ever replace were in a bug.

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Fastback68
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posted 03-27-2002 12:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have an old catalogue from Sacramento Mustangs in which they offer one-piece floor pans. However, they also say that they're not as structurally strong as multi-piece ones.
Search through the archives and you'll also find a thread from me about how Sacramento Mustangs ripped me off, so don't take this as an endorsement

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mellowyellow
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posted 03-27-2002 06:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What the pros do is butt weld them and smooth the seam on the bottom to give an original appearance.

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68 S-code GT
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posted 03-27-2002 06:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also had a problem with them in the past.
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Originally posted by Fastback68:
Search through the archives and you'll also find a thread from me about how Sacramento Mustangs ripped me off, so don't take this as an endorsement

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Mike65
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posted 03-27-2002 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike65   Click Here to Email Mike65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i have never seen a one piece pan. The repo's are made l/s & r/s. As Mellowyellow said restores butt weld them at the trnny tunnel & smooth the seams to give a factory appearence.

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Hemikiller
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posted 03-27-2002 06:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hemikiller   Click Here to Email Hemikiller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
iamblackjack, you obviously are describing the original floor pan in your stang. Yes, Ford did stamp them in one piece. From the bottom of the toe board/firewall all the way back to the front of the axle kickup, from rocker to rocker was one piece. You will NEVER find this available aftermarket, unless some millionaire wants to make the dies for a goof. The pans that are available replace the most commonly rusted section of the floorpan. I'd recommend getting the 4 piece set and butt welding and smoothing the welds down. The more time you spend fitting and adjusting, the better the end result will be. For what it's worth, the only welds visible will generally be the ones in the tranny tunnel, as the rest are plug and fill welds along the rocker, toe board and torque boxes.

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iamblackjack
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posted 03-27-2002 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for iamblackjack   Click Here to Email iamblackjack     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of the reasons that I wanted one peice pans is because my tunnel took a beating back in '88 when my brother broke the rear end chunk. And I broke the tail end off of the original t-10 about 3 years ago and the drive shaft beat up the front of the tunnel. The dents will dolly out easy enough, it would just be nice to have welds on the perimiters only in the factory locations. Two peices will work.
I still could use some more tips on replacement. Also, is a pop weld drill bit worth buying?

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Fastback68
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posted 03-27-2002 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Like I said, you can check out Sac Mustangs, but the catalogue I have is from 1991 and I know from talking to them that a lot of stuff in that catalogue they don't have anymore. But back then they were advertising one-piece repop floor pans. Make sure to send them my DISregards!

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460-67Stang
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From: Southern Ohio, USA
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posted 03-27-2002 09:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 460-67Stang   Click Here to Email 460-67Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by iamblackjack:
Also, is a pop weld drill bit worth buying?

Yes, they are a good tool. My experience is that they don't last long but they work great for separating two spot welded panels. I went through about 4 of those things during the removal of my cowl...which must have 250 spot wleds by the way!
Brian

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