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Left work early to insure I could get a mig gas refill and the floorpans I needed. I ended up being disappointed in the pans my local mustang shop offered. I'd bought a passenger rear pan from them and it was really thick and nice. But when I asked for the passenger side they brought out a much thinner full length pan. The thick pan was bare metal, but the thinner one was painted with a factory black primer. I wonder what thats about? I ended up passing on the purchase because (A.) they are always high ($80 compared to $65 from Virginia Mustang) and (B.) it was thinner than what I'd got before. So why pay more for something that isn't as good.

Anyway, I salvaged the weeked by repairing the muffler on my convertible. It resonated badly at idle, but would quiet down when cruising. When I found that the muffler alone cost $90, I decided to drop the old one and see if I could weld it up. It had a slit across the middle and I welded the crack, ground it flush and then welded a strap over the repair just in case. Of course this meant I had to take it on a test ride. Cool, saved me $90, well for this summer at least.

I also welded a fabricated patch in the drivers pan on my coupe. It was very satisfying to fab and then butt weld the fix. I had a few pin holes in other parts of the pan and I used some rust converter and fiberglass for it. Could have put a whole pan in, but all in all it wasn't enough to justify the effort. Late Sunday I tried to finally get my seat belt off of the passenger side. It's nut is inside the rail spinning. I thought I could hold the belt bracket to one side and hit the nut with a spot weld and get it secure. But the weld just attached to the rail but didn't melt into the nut well. So it looks like I'm going to have to cut an access hole so I can finally weld it to the rail.

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66 C-code coupe
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Sound like nice progress, wish I cold say the same for me but too many honey-dos!

John L. Anschutz
Allen, TX
68 Diamond Blue Coupe - 302
68 Acapulco Blue Coupe - I6 - 200
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As usual cash ends up setting the pace. I had the OK from SWMBO to get the pans. But after the weekend was over when I asked about mail ordering them, it was too late. All the fun money had been depleted. I guess I missed the window of opportunity. Now I've gotta wait for the next paycheck. Should've never gone to Outback!

Hey, were any of your floor pans painted black when you bought them?

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I bought my pans from eBay. They are 18 guage steel, and came in two pieces per side. The rear pans had the outer lip turned up, which I think is wrong. I rebent the tab down, painted them with epoxy and welded them in place. All the pans were shipped as bare metal. I'll see if I can find the seller. I think I paid about $100 for the set.

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On my car the original pans turn up on the sides. So your saying on your car you had to drill the spot welds on the rails from under the car? It may be because yours is a convertible and I'm working on a coupe. The pans I got turned up on the sides and fit just like the originals.

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My pans were also primed black. The lip was up. They are Taiwan. I'm not sure of the guage, but they seem pretty solid. They came from Laurel Mtn. $45.00 per side.

'67 Coupe project car (Did I say project car? I meant pile of rust)
 
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