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JoeD
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posted 03-06-2003 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JoeD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Guys,

My 64 Fairlane needs floor work from wet carpets. It is just in the foot area but needs replaced. I looked at pans and was wondering why not just fab parts from better steel?
The floors are thin to start with and this car will get close to 500 horses and 500 ft.lbs. of torque.
I don't give a hang if it isn't original so why not build my own?
What are the drawbacks to doing it this way?
It is cheaper, but that is not the reason for doing it myself, and it will be stronger to boot.

Joe

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lawless
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posted 03-07-2003 02:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lawless   Click Here to Email lawless     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've done it both ways... time is money, it's up to you.

As far as making the floors stronger... if you are going to have that much hp under your right foot, then I'm sure you'll want to tie the frames together. Kinda makes a stronger floor a moot point then.

chris

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-07-2003 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As long as you can add the ribbing. Thinner gauged metal with ribs is much stronger than thicker gauge without it. The ribs also prevent 'drumming' of the panels during motion.

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JoeD1860
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posted 03-07-2003 11:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JoeD1860     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys. Two good points.
I'll call Crites Monday.

Joe

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MLariviere
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posted 03-08-2003 10:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wet carpets mean you also have problems elsewhere. These could be a rusted cowl,leaking glass,bad heater core,etc. You'll have to find your source of water.

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JoeD1860
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posted 03-09-2003 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JoeD1860     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was concerned about the cowl but it looks okay. I was trying to figure how the floors got so bad but the rest of the car is rust free?
Who knows what happens to these cars over 40 years of abuse?

Joe

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MLariviere
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posted 03-09-2003 09:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would try to find a water leak. Run a hose over the car lightly,and then get inside with a flashlight under the dash,looking for the wet spots.

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JoeD
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posted 03-09-2003 10:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JoeD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's a good idea. I'll do it now while it's gutted and nothing has been repaired yet.

Joe

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Maxwell_fax
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posted 03-10-2003 04:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maxwell_fax   Click Here to Email Maxwell_fax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why is it that I can never get the water hose thing to work when finding leaks.. I drenched my old Galaxy over and over and it would never leak a drop until it rained

I guess good ole mother nature just has that magical touch..

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MLariviere
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posted 03-12-2003 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You have to pour the water on the OUTSIDE of the car!

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JoeD1860
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posted 03-12-2003 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JoeD1860     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The hose can't be frozen. Think I'll go practice a little baseball in the Arizona sun.

Joe

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Maxwell_fax
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posted 03-13-2003 05:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maxwell_fax   Click Here to Email Maxwell_fax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A few weeks agoI was looking into what it would cost to move to Mexico after 15 of the 23 inches of snow fell..

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