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Unread 07-29-2010, 08:59 PM   #1
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Rust and cracks: How bad are they?

Took up the carpet today to find these rust spots and cracks under the driver and passenger seats.

I don't have any experience with restoration. I have always planned to herculine the tub for years but haven't been able to get around to it.

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How would someone with experience attack this?

Appreciate the help!
-B

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Unread 07-29-2010, 09:16 PM   #2
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Unfortunately your problems are pretty common. Replace the driver floor pan, and weld up the others. You do not look too bad.
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Unread 07-29-2010, 09:20 PM   #3
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Unread 07-29-2010, 09:27 PM   #4
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Took up the carpet today to find these rust spots and cracks under the driver and passenger seats.

I don't have any experience with restoration. I have always planned to herculine the tub for years but haven't been able to get around to it.

http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/1954/dsc3920.jpg
http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/6282/dsc3918.jpg
http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/1903/dsc3916.jpg
http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/9158/dsc3914.jpg
http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/6302/dsc3912.jpg
http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/2186/dsc3911s.jpg

How would someone with experience attack this?

Appreciate the help!
-B
I am by far no expert but I would wire wheel or sand all the rust areas paying special attention to the areas around the roll bar. Any soft spots have to be cut out and patches welded in. If you have large areas that are soft then you need to weld in a floor pan or partial floor pan in that given area.

There is a way to add body panels using a type of epoxy but I don't think it could be used for floor pans since they are part of the supporting structure of the tub.

The cracks could be fixed by driling a hole in the end of each crack then welding them up the cracks. If you find no soft spots then after you repair the cracks I would choose a bedliner and prep and do the liner. Prep is the key. I used Herculiner and ther UV protectan they make and it has held up well.
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