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'Bolter
Got this better back cross sill/deck on today. Top deck is dented some

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'Bolter
Floor is in! I used non-hardening silicone sealant side
and bottom. Pretty solid . I want to move forward slightly
with the rest of the floor ,the new one lacks. The panels that
go part way up the firewall. Can I rivet those in or ...?
They match up perfect to what is there.

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corner

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'Bolter
far as I can tell every thing lines up. The floor has to sit 3/16ths of an inch lower
because of its made for a cab truck. The cross sill body to frame mount will be
weak because of the gauge of metal used on the new.
I am asking can I lay the upper floor repair panels over the new floor ?
I plan to use short carriage bolts. About 9 per panel. 3M panel adhesive
where they overlap. If anything I`ll gain some floor height heading up the firewall.

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Lining up great

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'Bolter
full pic

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'Bolter
Boy does that look nice. What a difference.

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'Bolter
Thanks!!


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'Bolter
So I went ahead and planned to get the body back on the frame
before moving with any more sheet metal work. All the mounts to frame are
ready. 2 back deck , 4 at the bed.2 under the seat and 2 right there at your feet.
I used POR 15(4 cts) on the wood and surrounding metal. Turned out great with the wood grain
still showing thru the battle scars. Real hard finish to it.
Had to cut some pieces to make up for the
distance on the fleetside shortbed skid strips.

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We are VERY exacting on panel replacement and gaps since a botched job costs us serious money where the hobbyist is out sweat and labor. On total floor replacement we fit the doors, with no hinges, into the body and shim till they fit the opening. The doors are then welded to the body with 4-6 good tacks on the front edge and rear edge. Bracing installed at this point so doors can be removed and floor/rockers/pillars/cross members can be welded in. Pictured is a 37 Chevy Business Coupe that the entire floor AND firewall was replaced (firewall to accommodate a big block engine).



Bracing installed but not in way of door fitting hole:

[![Jay-s-37-019.jpg](https://i.postimg.cc/BQpyC1GS/Jay-s-37-019.jpg)](https://postimg.cc/3dyn8NRV)

Doors shimmed for fit before welding:
[![Jay-s-37-022.jpg](https://i.postimg.cc/ZRPjK1bb/Jay-s-37-022.jpg)](https://postimg.cc/Hcxb6v8R)

All gaps MUST be thickness of a paint stir stick:
[![Jay-s-37-chevy-007.jpg](https://i.postimg.cc/MpRBS1Kx/Jay-s-37-chevy-007.jpg)](https://postimg.cc/9Dm0PR7N)

Body molding lines and door gap:
[![Jay-s-37-chevy-002.jpg](https://i.postimg.cc/RZV0Pf6X/Jay-s-37-chevy-002.jpg)](https://postimg.cc/SJ3qRnGM)

New floor and firewall:
[![Jay-s-37-chevy-008.jpg](https://i.postimg.cc/k48MVvzX/Jay-s-37-chevy-008.jpg)](https://postimg.cc/cgxG2wdV)


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