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    I think this is still within topic - - I was curious what welding equipment people are using for floor patching. I'm leaning toward the Miller MIG welder with the gas bottle (forgot the model #) as an upcoming purchase but was curious what the statistics are among others.

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  • hawk58man
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    I'm jealous that you have a lift,but thats the way to do it,thanks for the pics on the door gaps..all things are helpfull..

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  • Supercharged57
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    Here's a neat pic
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  • silverhawk1958
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    I'm glad I found this thread, it's great to see all the photos and get the info from those that have been there before. I just hope that as I get through each step of my project that I can in-turn help someone else with theirs.

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  • Supercharged57
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    Originally posted by 3x2stude View Post
    One thing to add,

    As Jeff stated bracing before cutting is critical but also make sure any body sag causing poor door gaps is supported before bracing. Make sure the doors fit before you cut it apart. I have seen several botched chopped tops because the doors didn't fit before cutting commenced.

    Good luck,

    Jon Kammer
    Good point and here's my door gap results as you can see the gap is the same top to bottom.
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  • hawk58man
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    I will keep you in the loop, will keep you informed.. Thanks Mike..

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  • hawk58man
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    Now I know why they would'nt let me use silverhawk1958,(which is what I have,) as my sign on name..you already had it..Well I'm glad that there are at least two of us out there replacing our ''1958 Silver Hawk floor pans.If we get this zeroed in, by help from all of our friends on this forum, you and I will feel much better,and be more well informed to ''sucessfully achieve our goal,of changing those floor pans out.
    Last edited by hawk58man; 01-12-2011, 04:37 PM.

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  • hawk58man
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    I apprerciate your input on the door gaps and sags, I have put this good info on my list..Thanks for your imput. We have gotten quite a few other floorpan replacement folks on our forum,thats good..Thanks for the heads up..Mike

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  • hawk58man
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    Thank you for the tips on door gaps.. another variable to put it into perspective, I will make sure I put this on my list..Mike

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  • 52 Ragtop
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    As Jon said, Not only make sure the door gaps fit BEFORE you brace it, but BEFORE you weld it up! It is a lot easier to change them before you weld them! I bought a 62 convertible that was "freshly painted" off eBay. When it was delivered, the door gaps looked good, but, further inspection showed that the gaps were way too big, and the "moron" filled the weatherstrip channel with bondo, and then painted the car. I ended up cutting off the "new rockers" and cut the floor, used a come a long to pull the door gaps back, then welded everything back up. I did have an advantage, as I had it set up on one of the frame racks at the shop, and I had all the proper equitment available to me. Just be sure to "Check, Check, Check" all the gaps before, DURING, and after.

    Jim

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  • 3x2stude
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    Door Gaps

    One thing to add,

    As Jeff stated bracing before cutting is critical but also make sure any body sag causing poor door gaps is supported before bracing. Make sure the doors fit before you cut it apart. I have seen several botched chopped tops because the doors didn't fit before cutting commenced.

    Good luck,

    Jon Kammer

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  • silverhawk1958
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    I would also love to see pics of this process. I'll be attempting this on my 58 hawk soon.

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  • Farrier1951
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    For gosh sakes PLEASE post pictures, tips, mistakes, anything at all. My 62 Hawk is going to need all the same and I am saving my milk money for a good welder and parts. What a great resource this forum is!

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  • hawk58man
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    Dear Santa..I will take and post photos of my floor pan project for you..I have the Hot Rod article for a reference , I get the magazine called Auto Restorer it has great info on everything for the Car Restorer. I am using his multiple colored page step by step article on,removing and replacing purchased new replacement floorboards for a California Special late 60 or early 70's Mustang.The guys name is Larry Lytle and he has a few CD's out on a total restoration of a 60 Charger called ""Project Charger" he even explains how to set up your welder for spot welds and lots of other important stuff. He is a professional restorer,and explains things to you in terms that you can understand.Thats why Im glad I kept that issue.Nice looking Hawk Brain, but you know that I'm partial to them like you,but I like them with fins.. Thanks Mike..

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  • santa
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    Hawkman,
    Please consider posting photos of your floor project. I hope to be undertaking a similar endeavor on my 62 Hawk this fall and would appreciate the Stude insight.
    Also, either Hotrod or CarCraft did a recent article on floor replacement. Granted, it was on a Duster but the same concepts would apply. SHould be on their website.

    Best of luck,
    Brian

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