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Post Post subject: Easy way to remove old floor??
Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 07:08 PM
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Anyone knows of an easy way to remove the floors??

I got the bugme video on replacing the floors and have it all stripped out, body off...

I took a wire brush and noticed the my floors ('73 bug) are spot welded every 2 inches and edges were it welds to the front and rear are fully welded not spot welded. The floors are rusted beyond repair. Holes behind the seats, front of seats, and around seat rails.

Any help would be great!!!!

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Post Post subject: Re: Easy way to remove old floor??
Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 07:34 PM
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I'd cut off what you can that isn't welded with a sawzall to make it more manageable. For whats left with the spot welds you can either drill out the welds or cold chisel the two pieces apart. Be careful drilling, you only want to go through the first layer of metal.

The fully welded areas? That's a tough call, might try a high speed angle grinder and see how it does.

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Post Post subject: Re: Easy way to remove old floor??
Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 08:52 PM
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I'd cut off what you can that isn't welded with a sawzall to make it more manageable. For whats left with the spot welds you can either drill out the welds or cold chisel the two pieces apart. Be careful drilling, you only want to go through the first layer of metal.

The fully welded areas? That's a tough call, might try a high speed angle grinder and see how it does.

Thats what I was thinking, not too many options!!

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Post Post subject: Re: Easy way to remove old floor??
Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:14 PM
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I did this 2 summers ago Smile grinded solid welds and the spot weld i grinded down quite far then hammered a chisel along the lip of floor that was left. If you grind the welds down enough, it is very easy for the chisel to lift them off. After they come off you can use the grinder to clean the area. Just be careful that you don't bend the lip that you are going to be welding onto later underneath the floorpan coming from the tunnel. It is quite strong, but keep it straight as possible.


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Post Post subject: Re: Easy way to remove old floor??
Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:01 PM
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You can also get a spot weld cutter for the spot welds. You should be able to pick them up pretty much anywhere. Just take it slow and easy, and you can clean it up all purdy-like. Smile


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Post Post subject: Re: Easy way to remove old floor??
Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:02 PM
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I'd cut off what you can that isn't welded with a sawzall to make it more manageable. For whats left with the spot welds you can either drill out the welds or cold chisel the two pieces apart. Be careful drilling, you only want to go through the first layer of metal.

The fully welded areas? That's a tough call, might try a high speed angle grinder and see how it does.

Thats what I am doing. Got the sawzall and cut the floor out and I'll take my air chisel to the welds, their are pretty rusted so it should be ok to use the chisel. If not I'll use a grinder to it.

I noticed that on the BUG ME Video under the rear of the floorpan there is a brace that supports the floorpan, well my did not have that brace and my floorpan is fully welded (in that back area) to the tunnel. It look to be a factory weld, but is this normal on the 73??

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Post Post subject: Re: Easy way to remove old floor??
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I recently removed the floor pans from my 68'. I used a sawzall to remove the majority of the floor pan and like others have done I too used a grinder to thin the metal a little bit. I then useda cold chisel and large hammer and went along breaking the welds as the strip of metal rolled up. It took quite a while but was well worth it. The raer of my pan was also welded solid so I took the grinder and very carefully ground the welds down to a very thin state. Then, I used the cold chisel and hammer to break the welds and the npan came right off. My rear supports were gone so I fabbed another mount out of some flat stock .I then welded a pice of flat steel between the torsion housing and the pan for extra support. I found this hint in Jeff Hibbards book. It was quite easy to do and i'm sure it will add lots of strength.


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Did different years not have those rear supports under the floorpan???

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