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Hi

I was wondering if anyone makes full length pans for mk1s like they do for later cars?

I need to do them but my tunnel is fine and original so don't want to cut it out.

Thanks in advance

Steve

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magnum are a lousy fit and nothing like how they should be, those pans will take days to re shape

 

worth asking if people get better fit with other makes like expressed

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one of the Irish lads has restored a few mk1 and mk2 this past few months and he recons they fit well compared to patching.

they are not original so will need a little fettling but worth it

 

kenny

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Not done one myself but looking at it, me personally would go for a full floor. Think it would look more professional and original.

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full floor is a lousy fit as well Colin, better to get a good welder to make what you want and patch if not too bad, the magnum floor pans i bought for the purple one took over a day a piece to re shape to look anywhere near the original floor let alone fit the hole in the floor 

the blue car, we did fit an entire new floor, and having done it, never again, repair where possible every time, keep as much of the original as possible

 

magnum panels are certainly rubbish, we have fitted cleveland wings, and they were very good, better than genuine ford tbh, but not fitted any other make, so dont know what expressed are like

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That's interesting Ray, if I was going to restore an escort I would have gone for a full floor as against fitting floor pans. Having fitted floor pans that only fit where they touch which is usually in not many places and I think they look so obvious when fitted as the cars never had welds in the places you weld them.

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see thats probably where im going wrong then, because i had my man re shape them and weld them so well, that even with just a coat of etch primer, they look like the original floor and unless you get a magnifying glass out, you cant see the welds, its only as bare metal you can see its been worked

 

perhaps my requirements from them are just too high

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I take it then he butt jointed them as against lapping them, that's the difference between doing a proper resto and making a car suitable for the road. Mr joe blogs wouldn't normally pay for the time to make it perfect.

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I take it then he butt jointed them as against lapping them, that's the difference between doing a proper resto and making a car suitable for the road. 

 

We butt-welded, but didn't grind the welds smooth - there's a seam both sides on the cabin floor. I've seen nice-looking work where the butt weld is invisible, but I didn't think it would be strong enough.

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We butt-welded, but didn't grind the welds smooth - there's a seam both sides on the cabin floor. I've seen nice-looking work where the butt weld is invisible, but I didn't think it would be strong enough.

Would agree on the strength front, your introducing a weakness at the weld so lap jointing would be better. That's why I would be inclined to fit a full pressed floor pan. The amount of time it takes to get poorly fitting pans in and looking original is a bit beyond my capabilities.

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