Jun 2nd, 00, 05:11 AM
yesterday i dropped the tank in my 69 convertible in preparation of a rear suspension re-build. as expected, i found some rust. the driver's side tank brace (that's welded to the bottom of the trunk floorboard) looks like swiss cheese, so much so that the tank bolt wiggles! the trunk floor is in pretty decent shape. so my solution is to order those replacement braces. what's teh best way to remove the old one without totally damaging the trunk floor?
Jun 2nd, 00, 04:44 PM
replacing those braces are no fun,but if you have any auto body experience you could probably handle it.you can remove it by drilling out the spotwelds in the old braces.do this with a blair spotweld bit or if you have a cut-off wheel,use it to grind away the spotweld,being careful not to go all the way thru the trunk floor.once you get them all out,you can use a chisel to carefully seperate the panel from the trunkfloor.once the old panel is out,grind the area smooth.you may want to treat it with a weld thru coating.next punch or drill some holes in your new panel for plug welding,maybe every two inches or so.then use some sheetmetal screws to screw the new panel to the floor,in the right spot of course.then plug weld all your holes,remove the screws and weld those holes up to.grind welds if needed,and thats about it. http://members.spree.com/entertainment/ochrisl/
68 camaro,hugger orange ,white stripes.327 4 speed.
Jun 2nd, 00, 05:25 PM
I did mine myself...and I am a novice at bodywork/welding....
Drill out the spotwelds CAREFULLY! and remove the old braces. Predrill the new ones and then plug weld them to the trunk floor. MIG welding upside down doesn't work too well...that is the trick!
Jun 3rd, 00, 08:00 PM
Go look at your previous post. It has instructions on how to do it yourself and the easiest way.
67 Camaro SS Conv.
70 Challenger R/T Conv.