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Nasty Hole in the Floor;Best Way To Patch?

Discussion in 'Jeep CJ' started by Cheftao, Jul 26, 2020.

  1. Jul 26, 2020 at 4:14 PM
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    Cheftao

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    So now I am onto the floor repair. Both sides of the Jeep foot wells are like this. The drivers side has not been revealed yet, but I’m sure its basically the same. When I removed the old nasty carpet, I used acetone to remove the glue and Lo and behold, a whole bunch of bonds came loose because of the acetone. So my question is: What is the most effective cost sensitive way to fix the hole so I can continue my build? It’s not a show car, but a beach buggy. Give me hope.....

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  2. Jul 26, 2020 at 6:22 PM
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    Either weld a replacement piece of sheet metal in or bolt in a piece purchased from a local home improvement store. Cut out a pattern that you can replace as simple as you can. You might want to get a bid from a local body shop as a first consideration. You could look at one of the big box 4wd outfits online for body replacement parts or maybe a Jeep junkyard to cut you out a piece. Start your research online.
     
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  3. Jul 26, 2020 at 6:49 PM
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    I would go with replacement parts if available!!
     
  4. Jul 27, 2020 at 6:44 AM
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    OK thank you both for your response. I’ve checked around for replacement floor pans but no luck yet. I’ll keep you posted
     
  5. Jul 27, 2020 at 8:45 AM
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    Ok well if you can’t find replacement floor pan parts what I have heard done here in West Virginia is stop a sign works pretty good :anonymous::notsure:
     
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  6. Jul 27, 2020 at 8:50 AM
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    Probably could get some sheet metal cut over-sized to the rusted areas and rivet them on until you find someone that can weld. Knock off or cut the damaged areas off and arrest the rust. Make a couple of sealable drain holes and you should be GTG.
     
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  7. Jul 27, 2020 at 8:51 AM
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    That’s probably a better option
     
  8. Jul 27, 2020 at 8:52 AM
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    Done something similar many many years ago when I find them knocked down on the road. The alloy doesn’t rust easily and takes a beating too.
     
  9. Jul 27, 2020 at 3:00 PM
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    Sheet metal with pop rivets and the use bed liner spray to seal it...$40.00 project
     
  10. Jul 27, 2020 at 3:30 PM
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    Excellent!! Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. I do find the stop sign an attractive option. I have a piece of galvanized kicking around. Any issue using galvanized if I plan on riveting?
     
  11. Jul 27, 2020 at 4:04 PM
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    Nope just cut an over-sized sheet of galvanized metal to the proper shape, bend, drill then rivet it on. Wouldn't hurt to seal against moisture intrusion.
     
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    Actually, galvanized metal is a great plan as it has a zinc coating. The rivet plan does sound good but they can pull apart during metal flexing. A bolt and nut would be the most secure, but they can be drilled out after the rivet plan fails, if they even do.
     
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