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    You know the floor boards are bad when...

    ... the dimmer switch is hanging onto the vehicle by only its electrical connection...


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    Looks like the Bronco did not fair as well as the Champ!

    Deluxe Cab Parts, Spotlight, Grille and rear Step Bumper, too bad that's about all that MIGHT be savable.
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    Or like a what happened to a friend of mine years ago...
    He had a ten year old Chevy Malibu wagon, and as his son got up off of the rear seat and stood up behind the drivers seat, he slowly began to sink into the floor. Upon examining the situation it was determined there wasn't any metal left in the floor there, just the jute and carpet.

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    yea... the spotlight looks real good !

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    I had a Dodge Dart once that I was driving home on night and went to activate the high beams and kicked the dimmer switch through the floor

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    When my younger brother was in Hi School he recieved a 58 chevy del ray from an uncle. It had been my grandfathers car and was quite rusty. Neil loved it though and called it Maurice. Eventually the decision was taken to scrap it even though it was still a running driving car. He drove it over to the scrap yard and sold it to them. He decided to watch it be moved away from where he had parked it. The crane operator swung over that huge magnet and sucked onto the roof. He lifted and the body came right off the frame leaving the frame sitting there.

    My brother is a sentimental guy and said at that time "I stifled a sob and turned away"...."Poor maurice!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by 62champ View Post
    ... the dimmer switch is hanging onto the vehicle by only its electrical connection...

    A good illustration of the infamous 'Studebaker Stripe'!

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    t walgamuth, that had to be a sight to see!!

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    I would guess that the floor is rotted, but that can also happen when a replacement switch was not properly installed with lock nuts or Loctite. I've seen that happen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 57pack View Post
    Or like a what happened to a friend of mine years ago...
    He had a ten year old Chevy Malibu wagon, and as his son got up off of the rear seat and stood up behind the drivers seat, he slowly began to sink into the floor. Upon examining the situation it was determined there wasn't any metal left in the floor there, just the jute and carpet.
    Gee...this story kicked off a rather tragic memory for me. Growing up, I had a childhood neighbor friend who lived up the street from me. He had a much older sister, and being the only son, to was kinda spoiled. Not so bad if that was his only problem, but in addition, he seemed to have a bit of learning disability along with a very loud "bull in a china shop" personality. You never knew what he was going to loudly proclaim to anyone within ear shot! He was a year or two older than me, but younger than my oldest brother. One day, while he was riding, with us, through the mill village, in my brother's "sheriff's auctioned" bootlegger confiscated '48 Mercury, Billy had learned a bunch of new cuss words on the school playground. Embarrassingly, he decided to loudly shout them out at every one he saw as we drove by!My brother immediately drove Billy home and kicked him out.

    A couple years later, we moved about fifty miles away, and I lost contact with Billy. Never heard of him again until watching the six o'clock news one evening. That was in late 1969(?) not long after I returned from Nam and started college. Apparently, Billy had gotten married had children, and had either a late '40's or early '50's Plymouth used car. He lost a child through a rusty/rotted floor while driving down the highway. Such tragedy I can't comprehend. I had put this out of my mind until you mentioned "he slowly began to sink into the floor." (in the above quote) If Billy were close to being "crazy" already, this might have pushed him over.

    Mainly focused on Studebaker, we should all be reminded, dissolving floors were not unique to Studebaker.
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    Geeze I'm sorry John. Didn't mean to refresh unpleasant memories. The Malibu incident was funny to watch, and the car was parked.
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    LOL. One winter night I drove my Grandma's '66 Marlin to a rock concert at the Richfield Coliseum (Cleveland). I kept my left foot over the rust hole between the high beam switch and kick panel so my date wouldn't freeze. My foot was numb.

    I had to take my foot out to bend the shoe off the frozen slush accumulated. Her folks took pity on me and let me sleep over instead of the long drive home that night. SO WORTH IT!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 57pack View Post
    Geeze I'm sorry John. Didn't mean to refresh unpleasant memories. The Malibu incident was funny to watch, and the car was parked.
    That's OK, no harm or trauma, it is just one of those "life stories" we collect along the way. The longer we live, the more we encounter. Good or unpleasant. It is the unpleasant events that enable us to, by comparison, count our blessings. Last night, after a mad dash to the nursing home, in an effort to reassure my 96 year old mother, (distressed/depressed after finding out about the death of one of her sister-in-laws) I patted her forehead, and repeated to her, "as you fall asleep, do it counting your blessings, not your troubles."

    I'm not sure if she remembers, it was a calm admonition given to me, and my siblings, as a toddler. In a few minutes, she was sleeping peacefully.

    Back to the thread topic...Like Andy R.'s story in post #12, next time you are in any vehicle with a secure floor...count your blessings.
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    My Hawk was complete with a lot of air conditioning open window and air came from floor and out, you could see the ground through the floor , post not connected to floor, but with perseverance I got back to a fun car to drive, and now I have driven it 75,000 miles to club events. And I had to install real air conditioning.
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    When I bought a 55 coupe in 68 it had a good tunnel and rockers. There was nothing in between. I made two floor pans (L & R) from 20 gage sheet metal in high school shop class. That was my winter beater through the rest of high school and a little after until it was wrecked.
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    Back in High School had a 76 Buick Skylark( about 10 yrs old ), window open, driving 60 or so, bee came in, stung my face. I slapped bee to floor, still moving, stomped it hard... foot went through carpet, pad floor etc. Stopped couple miles later and managed to get foot free from shoe, which was still under the car. Lucky i did not have my foot go all the way to pavement and break the ankle or shred foot raw. Needless to say i have never challenged the floor of a moving car since.
    Buddy had an older import early 90's. Asked for my help one weekend reinforcing his floor. Found the only thing really supporting the drivers seat was shifter housing bracket at one corner and seatbelt mount plate by door. one good bump and seat and all could have droped out on the road.
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    Back in the mid 60's, a friend had a rusty '58 Ford 4dr. It was great fun to run down a side street near the coal yard and fly over the railroad tracks that were about 4ft. above the road. He did this and when he landed, the car was about 1ft. shorter than when he started. The two in the car were knocked out when the body hit the street and the roof hit them on the head. That's rusty!- Jim

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    Jim you made me think of something I had forgotten. About 1964 or so when I was attending college we decided to drive to Ocean City NJ.
    Friend had a 1957 Ford Fairlane Tudor sedan. We all pitched in for a full tank of gasoline. Now the owner of this car never ever had enough money to fill the tank.
    And as we left town there was a set of railroad tracks to be crossed. We hit the crossing and heard a terrible sound from under the rear of the car. I turned around and looked out the rear window to see the gas tank spinning around in the road spewing gasoline all over! Tank straps had rusted to the thickness of a sheet of paper. We stopped and picked up the tank and jury rigged the fuel line and continued on our way.

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    When I was maybe 5 we loaded up to go to an Aunt's home for the Eberly family christmas in Dad's 53 starliner hardtop.

    Mom, Dad, my three older sisters, and myself sitting on the armrest in the back....buzzing along when suddenly there was a not too loud "thunk, scrape........". Dad eased off the gas and gently brought the 53 to a stop. The gas tank had come loose and had slid along under the car held on by the fuel line.

    Dad had a little tube jack which he had picked up off the road as a child after the thrashing machine had passed by their farm and using that plus the crank he had fabricated for it, he jacked the tank back up in place and secured it with tire chains and we proceeded to Aunt Nila's home north on Ironwood drive. She lived just off Ironwood in a subdivision which bordered the golf course.

    Dad fixed it better with new straps later.
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    When I was building my house in the late 80's I bought a rusty 74 Ford F-350 3 yard dump truck. It ran and worked great but was really rusty. A year later I bought a clean F150 with a bad engine. I used the F150 cab for my dump truck. I was able to remove the 74 cab without unbolting it. Lucky I never hit anything with it. The cab would have come off.
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    In the early 70s my '54 was my daily driver. I worked 2nd shift, getting out at midnight. I stopped and filled up with gas on the way home one night.
    After pulling out I heard a scraping sound, and the driver of another car was blowing his horn and flashing his lights at me. I thought a tail pipe that had been hanging had finally dropped down to the road.
    I didn't feel like stopping on the side of the road on a cold night to wire it up, so drove the couple of miles to my home. When I got there I looked, and the right side gas tank mount had pulled through the rusty trunk floor. The noise was the tank dragging on the road!
    It was paper thin where it was rubbing. If I lived a little further away it would have been worn right through, and with the sparks who knows what could have happened.
    Needless to say from that night on I stop and check when I think someone's trying to tell me something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1954khardtop View Post
    In the early 70s my '54 was my daily driver. I worked 2nd shift, getting out at midnight. I stopped and filled up with gas on the way home one night.
    After pulling out I heard a scraping sound, and the driver of another car was blowing his horn and flashing his lights at me. I thought a tail pipe that had been hanging had finally dropped down to the road.
    I didn't feel like stopping on the side of the road on a cold night to wire it up, so drove the couple of miles to my home. When I got there I looked, and the right side gas tank mount had pulled through the rusty trunk floor. The noise was the tank dragging on the road!
    It was paper thin where it was rubbing. If I lived a little further away it would have been worn right through, and with the sparks who knows what could have happened.
    Needless to say from that night on I stop and check when I think someone's trying to tell me something.
    Good idea!
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