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Goodmark 1970 Chevy Chevelle Restoration - Rust No More

Part 2: Hard Work And Cool Panels Help Get Rid Of The Cancer!

Photography by Barbara Hillick

Looks good and fit perfectly.

This should be a familiar sight to all of us. Auto manufactures must have designed a rusted hole in the floor package in every car produced. Okay, so maybe it's not that bad, but it sure seems like it.

Unlike the doors and quarterpanels, the floor sheetmetal needed to be cut in strategic places. There are supports under the floor that don't need to be cut out, so careful planning and cutting is important.

As you can see, the floor was left intact over the areas with the floor supports running under them. This is where the air chisel will be needed again. Simply separate the floor from the support at the spot welds.

With the old floor completely gone and the floor supports ready, we started fitting the new floor in place. As there is often extra trimming involved, the replacement floor came in and out a few times.

Once the floor was ready for installation, holes were drilled through the new metal wherever the spot welds from the factory held the old floor in place. Don't forget to push the floorpan so it is touching the supports when final welding takes place.

Back in the trunk we can see the old metal has been cut out and the floor structure has been prepped. Another important thing to remember is to grind all paint and rust away before welding. This will provide a strong bond.

The new trunk floor section looks right at home and completely factory in appearance. If you look closely, you will notice no welding has been done yet, and the floor looks like it's a part of the car.

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