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Unread 03-26-2002, 08:17 PM   #1
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DRIVERS SIDE FLOOR PAN ROT

I JUST PURCHASED A 1991 CHEROKEE BRIARWOOD. IT HAS THE USUAL HIGH MILES (165K).WHILE CHECKING IT OUT, I NEVER NOTICED THAT THE THE FLOOR WAS ROTTED ON THE DRIVER SIDE.IT'S KIND OF TOUGH TO SEE IT BECAUSE IT IS ON THE INNER SIDE OF FRAME RAIL.WELL NOW THAT I HAVE SEEN IT ON A LIFT, I KNOW IT NEEDS IMEDIATE ATTENTION.SHOULD I JUST BRING IT TO A WELDING SHOP AND HAVE THEM FABRICATE SOMETHING OR IS THERE A PLACE TO BUY A REPLACEMENT FLOOR? RIGHT NOW THE HOLE IS ABOUT 2 INCHES ACROSS, BUT THE METAL AROUND IT IS IN POOR SHAPE(ABOUT A FOOT WORTH OF DAMAGE). THE REST OF THE JEEP IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION EXCEPT FOR THAT SPOT. ANY SUGGESTIONS ON WHY THIS HAPPENS? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />

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Unread 03-27-2002, 12:00 AM   #2
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Unread 03-28-2002, 08:48 AM   #3
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I bought a 93 in 1999. The floor was so rotten that it had a hole in it behind the passenger's seat right above the muffler! I noticed it after I crossed a water hazard for the first time because about 3" of water came in! To let it out, we made a bigger hole through the floor with only a plastic window scraper! And it didn't even show in the dealership's pre-buy inspection I had them do!

So After that I had the entire floor cut out and replaced (There is no replacement floor since it is a unbody, i.e. the floor is welded to the frame rails.), zinc coated and painted. And about a month after that I got into an accident and wrecked it! The worst dammage was to my Ego and pride I think!

Then I bought a 96 in 2000. The floor was also starting to rust. So I removed the entire floor carpeting, sanded the floor, plugged the small pin holes and will paint it soon. I'm now drivin it without a carpet... Since the bottom layer is a thick wool layer for heat and sound barrier that also acts as a big sponge and rust accelerator. There is a plastic tarp right above that layer so the water can't get in our out. Then there is the actual carpet you put your feet on.

Without all the carpeting, the truck is a little louder and especially warmer. But I have now access to the floor's drain plugs and can see how healthy it is...
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Unread 03-28-2002, 12:36 PM   #4
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LOL, I feel lucky! My '96 has no rust anywhere in the floor yet. Is that a trait of Cherokees? Or does it happen to certain ones only as a flaw?
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Unread 03-29-2002, 05:00 PM   #5
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I have a 96 and 89 cherokee and neither have floor rust YET! Its just when i do go off-roading,or in the city snow and salt i keep it clean and heathly, it takes GOOD care of me and i take GOOD care of my babies.
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