my 1967 fairlane needs floor pans can i just cut them out or does unibody need to be sured in anyway

Asked by Nov 18, 2011 at 06:27 PM about the 1967 Ford Fairlane

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Ssd300, The floor pans offer minimal structural support to the unibody as a whole. You won't have any issues at all if you just cut them out and replace them. The main structural support items are the rockers, which tie the front torque boxes to the rear torque boxes. The floor pans weld to the inner rockers (under the sill plate area at the doors) but you won't alter the body's structural integrity by removing the floor pans from the rockers. Also, the roof on the car is plenty sturdy enough to act as a "Brace" to keep everything in place. If your car is a convertable, there is a THICK under floor support that serves the same purpose as the roof on a hardtop...(Keeps the unibody very rigid). I've replaced many floorpans, never any issue. You can (if you want) stand the entire body of the car up on jackstands (Jackstands placed under the torque boxes) and work on the floorpans from there. If you need to do any major work to the rockers, THEN I would reccomend adding extra bracing to the unibody. Hope this helped, Riff.

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thanks very helpful my rocks are in perfect condition but it does need front torque boxes

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