Hole in the Floor

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Hole in the Floor

Postby Rocket989 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:04 am

I have to fix the (lousy!!) hole the PO cut out for the old T10 linkage & hump. I was just gonna weld-in a piece of appropriate gauge sheetmetal but any suggestions on the best way would be appreciated! :D :D
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Re: Hole in the Floor

Postby poboyjo65 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:52 am

first thing I would do is recut the hole to a straight cut square hole . it looks like he used a can opener :lol: . But since it dont show I would just lap a sheet over it & weld it. I wouldn't butt weld it , (if it were my car.) If it was a really nice car I might. I use weld thru primer on lapped welds, to coat the surfaces that get covered up. or if I had any body panel adhesive on hand I might just glue it, which would seam seal it all at the same time. but @ $50 something a tube I would not pay that much to patch that hole.
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Re: Hole in the Floor

Postby Lip Ripper » Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:03 pm

What he said. ^^^ I've become a fan of the punch and flange tool as well.
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Re: Hole in the Floor

Postby comethead » Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:38 pm

What's wrong with that hole!? Looks ok. :mrgreen:
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Re: Hole in the Floor

Postby Comechero65 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:35 pm

I think I would do as John suggests and recut the hole more square, then use a flanging tool on the edge then fab a cover plate to just fit in there. could be sealed and screwed in place. then it would be removable should a person ever need access.
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Re: Hole in the Floor

Postby Rocket989 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:17 pm

John - you sayin' my Comet ain't really nice?? Haha! :D :D Nah, I agree...I'm gonna clean up the hole for sure...it was another hang the head moment when I took the improvised hump off. FFS!!

Stacey - what tool you talking about??

Joe - Yah, like the firkin Flintstones!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Ron - Yeah...have a flanging tool...may try that since I'm definitely lapping it!!
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Re: Hole in the Floor

Postby vicegrip » Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:55 am

What? That hole is clean compared to some OEM holes I've dealt with....cut with a TORCH,not even close to conforming to any type of pattern. Just kidding,of course,but if it were me,I would make a pattern of the hole out of beer box cardboard to make a patch and butt weld it in,grind it down,make it look good.
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Re: Hole in the Floor

Postby lavron » Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:38 am

vicegrip wrote: if it were me,I would make a pattern of the hole out of beer box cardboard to make a patch


Does it have to be a beer box? :roll: :lol:

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Re: Hole in the Floor

Postby Rocket989 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:53 am

Hehehe - I've got enough empty Natty boxes to fab an entire floorboard..with a steady supply of replacements always available! :lol: :lol: :D :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :o
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Re: Hole in the Floor

Postby Lip Ripper » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:38 am

This one.

https://www.harborfreight.com/air-punch ... -1110.html

Eastwood has one for $60 and I'm sure it's better. I bought the above cheapie. It worked, then it didn't. Took it back and got it replaced. That one still works.
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Re: Hole in the Floor

Postby Rocket989 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:11 am

Ahh, ok! I couldn't picture what you were talking about!
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Re: Hole in the Floor

Postby Lip Ripper » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:13 am

So, you can flange one piece, punch holes in the other and use that hole to weld the piece in.
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Re: Hole in the Floor

Postby Comechero65 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:18 am

I have the same flanging tool that Lip Ripper has from HF. Have never used it other than to test it. The need has never come up. Should work though.
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Re: Hole in the Floor

Postby StPro » Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:21 pm

That is an ugly hole. There is no wrong way to fix it my preference would be to build a patch to go Over it but I would not use square corners I would use round corners
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