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Floor Pan Repairs
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While I have my interior out I have a few floor pan repairs I want to do. The floor pretty is pretty solid otherwise. The problem areas are the front driver's body mount, which is rusted through, and where the front seat regulators bolt down are also a problem. I think these are typical problem locations.

Underneath most of the braces are okay, with the exception of the ends of two front drivers braces, which are rotten. (Better than my parts car, all of them on both sides are rotted right off.)

I don't suspect these are available for a Packard, like they are other other cars, but if someone knows of somewhere I can source these let me know. I may go check a few parts cars and see if I can salvage a couple, and if I don't have any luck I'll fab them up from scratch.

It's always dangerous to start poking rusty spots!

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Posted on: 2/24 11:34
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Re: Floor Pan Repairs
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Classic 2 Current has some Packard repro items that might be a starting point. For the most part with come custom trimming, I believe they will fit but might not look exactly like the original. One thing several have noted is the depressions where body bolts are located is not as deep as the original pieces. You would either need to deepen those areas or else add more shims underneath. As far as I know there are no other companies making any Packard repro sheet metal pieces.

Posted on: 2/24 12:18
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Thanks Howard. I think you're correct, that is, C2C is the only company making any Packard body parts. It doesn't look like there are any floor pan support braces for Packards, and I suspect it would be a long shot to find something with similar dimensions that could be modified.

My car only has 2 bad ones, so it does give me a small amount of hope that I could salvage a couple from a parts car. There's a Packard bone yard only 20 minutes away.

Posted on: 2/24 12:35
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If you can find something decent from a parts car that would be the way. If not, EMS Automotive offers some universal hot rod braces as well as a lot of smaller sheet metal repro parts for other cars that might be able to be custom fit.

Posted on: 2/24 12:44
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I just finished going down that rabbit hole. C2C's floor pans do require some work, but I found it doable. The scary part is what hides underneath. My body support braces needed some rework, the seat support required rebuilding.

I do not mean to sound discouraging. My words are meant to be encouraging, 1 small project at a time will bring it back together. Good luck & full steam ahead.

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Posted on: 2/24 13:52
1956 Packard Executive 2 door hard top (5677A)
1956 Clipper Deluxe Touring Sedan (5622)(parts car)
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Hey these look like just the pieces I'm looking for! I couldn't find them on C2C's www, and when I asked them they said the only thing they had for my car were outer rockers. What are you working on? Can you help me with C2C part numbers?
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BTW, not discouraged, I know what happens when you start poking at a "little" rust! I have other rust issues lurking under some creative repairs that were done probably decades ago.

Thank you for your reply! Maybe I can crawl out of this rabbit hole and jump into the next one! 😄

Posted on: 2/24 15:03
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This bracket I just fab’d up a bit to replace the rusty but
The others I didn’t buy, I fabricated them. The seat support had the middle section replaced. I fab’d that up too. I’m working on my 56 Executive hardtop
C2C doesn’t have the floor sections anymore? They show them still on their website?

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Posted on: 2/24 17:04
1956 Packard Executive 2 door hard top (5677A)
1956 Clipper Deluxe Touring Sedan (5622)(parts car)
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My mistake, I was thinking you did get those patches from C2C, but needed to modify them to fit. I should have known it was too good to be true! LOL The bracket will be the most complicated, the rest of the patches are pretty basic. Having said that, I haven't cut her open yet, so who knows what else I might find!

Posted on: 2/24 19:35
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Dad 56, for that bracket, what do you mean when you say you "just fab’d up a bit"? Did you make that from scratch, or???

Posted on: 2/25 11:04
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I remade the bit inside of the thick red square. Managed to salvage the curved bit. It’s 3 pcs. Center section, then the two sides were bent & then welded to the center bit. But the whole thing could be. Metal of appropriate thickness, form the center part first. than maybe even separate pcs for the edges if you don’t have access to a large brake like I don’t.

Posted on: 2/25 11:45
1956 Packard Executive 2 door hard top (5677A)
1956 Clipper Deluxe Touring Sedan (5622)(parts car)
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