Floor Pan Replacements

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Old 11-14-06, 01:16 PM
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Floor Pan Replacements

Does anyone know of anywhere you can purchase new replacement floor pans for older vehicles? my daughters 1986 Plymouth Horizon is in need of them, I have searched the net but can only find them for classic cars (40's - 60's) other than having a welder make them know of any options?
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I doubt you're gonna find them unless a dealer may be able to hunt some down. Even if you bought new the old would have to be cut out and the new ones welded in. Depending on how far gone they are you may be able to just use sheet metal and weld it in or pop rivet them in yourself.
 
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I do lots of work on older cars, but an 86 Horizon is not what I consider older. Currently working on a 36 Plymouth woody, and have a 57 Chevy that has had new floors. I agree that it may be hard to find parts outside of a dealer. That is not yet an old car, and it is unlikely to be a classic deserving of reproduction sheet metal. But I am not a plymouth specialist, so do a search on the net for what you need, it could be available.
 
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fab them

You will have to fabricate them get a couple of old hoods from a junk yard and a cutoff wheel and use some sheet metal skills to make new floor panels.Just beaware that the car is a unibody car and the floor is part of the structural strength.On the old frame cars it was much more easy and not as critical.
I had one of those Plymonth cars and as of now I think they are considered disposable.Not like a classic 55 Chevy that has many after market parts.
 
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Unhappy Ill hire a welder......

I may have to resort to a welder doing the work. I could not find anything on the internet, just carpets. The local dealer said they are throw away cars. (think they were trying to push a sale lol...) Being a female I cant do the work myself. I may have to make a pattern first of the existing floor from cardboard or bristol board, then get the correct gauge metal. I dont plan on making it a classic just safe for her to drive it a little longer. Maybe tack then weld and coat the underneath with tar. Its a shame car has less than 70,000 miles on it and runs excellent, however when we lifted the carpet and removed the seat the floor is totalled, right up under the seat to the gas pedal, it may be unwise just to patch it and she plans on keeping it for a while being her first car and only 16, Right now its like the car Fred Flinstone drove on the cartoon, you can actually see the road under the gas pedal.

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you can cut the patches and use bolts and nuts and a lot of sealer it wont be pretty but no welding will be required.
I dont condone such getto methods but it will work.
 
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Search Keystone Crash Parts. They have replacement panels for most cars.
 
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would agree with the dealer that they were throw away cars you could easily spend more than what the car is worth having a welder fix the floor correctly and making a new floor panel as I doubt replacements are available.
patching up the holes with sheetmetal if it still has some solid spots to attach it to with rivets, screws, or bolts is probably your best option as it isn't worth putting alot into it.
 
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Originally Posted by LT1CJ
Search Keystone Crash Parts. They have replacement panels for most cars.
Thanks! Checked out this site but no floor panels, book marked it for future though.
 
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Since it isn't a classic you are trying to restore I would just get some sheet metal, bend it were neccesary and if you can't weld it in, use pop rivets. There shouldn't be any big need to get all the bends and channels exact - just so it makes a decent repair. Carpet will cover most of it anyway.
 
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Old 11-16-06, 04:26 PM
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I understand what your looking for.
You just need it to go another year or two,.... right.

It wouldn't be cost effective to put in new floor pans even if they were available.

Just get some sheet metal and do the best you can fitting in the floor patch.
You can get sheet metal at any big box or local hardware store.

Just pull up the rugs ( what's left of them) and try to match up the patch to fit. It does not have to be a Picaso. Just enough to prevent anybody from falling through or small animals from getting in. Be sure you overlap to the good metal so it has something to bite on to.
You need tin snips, a 3/8ths drill and 1/8 drill bit, a couple of boxes of 1/8 pop rivets and you'll feel good about it when your done and your daugher will call you a hero.

By the way, we had an '87 Dodge Omni ( same car )and it was the best little car we ever had untill somebody made an accordian out of the back of it in 1994. May it still rest in peace.
 
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Heres a trick I used to repair a rusted floor pan on a little truck I am presently driving. Go to Home Depot or another building supply place and get some aluminum mesh used for securing stucco to walls. This is soft enough to cut with snips and to bend to the contour of the floor by hand. Go to Canadian tire and get a fiberglass repair kit from the auto department. This will have two part resin and cloth with it along with instructions. You will need access to a warm garage. Fit the mesh and then cover with the cloth and resin. I then raised the vehicle and did a good paint job underneath with a brush on undercoat, also from Canadian tire . That was two years ago and floorpan is still solid.. One note of caution though; make sure the attachments for the seat are not compromised by the corrison as that is a safety item which may require junking the car or requiring the services of a welder.
 
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Thanks for all your replies and suggestions, Im sure as long as its fixed and you cant see the road she will be happy.
 
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