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Floor covering in 37 1/2 ton
#1358808 Tue May 05 2020 11:55 PM
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Want to put something on my truck floor so am looking for suggestions. Also what is used to hold something in place so it doesn't move around. Thanks for any help. Bill

Re: Floor covering in 37 1/2 ton
Bill Trotter #1365491 Thu Jun 18 2020 11:18 PM
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Carter sells repro rubber matt material. I plan on making a cardboard template to help me with slits, holes and cutting to change flat into 3D. as far as fastening it for slippage Im thinking industrial velcro is what I will try. A long ways out on my 37, so I'll be watching to see how yours turns out.


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Re: Floor covering in 37 1/2 ton
Bill Trotter #1365500 Fri Jun 19 2020 12:27 AM
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Thanks for the tip!!!

Re: Floor covering in 37 1/2 ton
Bill Trotter #1365831 Sun Jun 21 2020 04:33 PM
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Most of the old Chevy truck vendors carry some sort of universal rubber floor mat material you can use to make a mat for the '37. I strongly recommend you make a template as suggested by 37 GC, so that you make mistakes on your disposable template material and not on the expensive rubber mat itself. I would try heavy paper, like painters use to mask windows, as it is easier to cut than cardboard, and if you trim too much you can tape extra on the template to remove your mistake.

When cutting holes I also recommend you invest in a hole punch set, which is invaluable for other things like cutting your own gaskets. For example, the hole for the headlight dimmer switch, hole for accelerator rod, etc. I also use a punch at the ends of the slots for pedals and handbrake. The rounded contour at the ends of these slots help prevent rips or stress cracks over time in the floor mat material.

As opposed to the art deco trucks and Advance Design trucks, my '37 has no anchors for the floor mat, but mine has stayed in place because there are enough structures holding it (pedals, steering column, tranny and hand brake hole, etc). I removed the stick shift on my truck to get it out of the way, easy to do with the 4 spd shifter which takes seconds to remove. I cut a verticle slit above the steering column and connected the steering column hole with the pedal slots. I also made a vertical slit for the wire harness and speedometer cable that exits the cab through the floor board. These slits obviously allow you to install the mat without disassembling your truck! After successfully transferring the pattern to the rubber mat, I put foil backed temp and sound deadener on the back of the mat, bonded with spray adhesive.

I hope the above information helps,
Kent

Last edited by Lightholder's Dad; Sun Jun 21 2020 05:41 PM. Reason: clarity

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Re: Floor covering in 37 1/2 ton
Bill Trotter #1365878 Sun Jun 21 2020 10:39 PM
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$19 at home depot. Made a template from kraft paper as someone described. 1955.1 3600. The cutouts for brake,clutch and gas hold it in place along with a few factory buttons

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Re: Floor covering in 37 1/2 ton
66flea #1366069 Tue Jun 23 2020 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by 66flea
$19 at home depot. Made a template from kraft paper as someone described. 1955.1 3600. The cutouts for brake,clutch and gas hold it in place along with a few factory buttons


Exactly what I used. I had enough left over to make a couple of floor mats.


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Re: Floor covering in 37 1/2 ton
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