Body support rusted out

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  1. TomDubyu

    TomDubyu Farmall Cub

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    I'm definitely new to this so I'm not even sure how to describe the issue i'm facing, i don't have the vocabulary for it yet. I've got an 80 CVI scout that is rusty in most of the typical places, but reasonably good - i think - underneath. most of the body mounts are good, but there's a serious amount of rust/plain old rot on the third row (from the front) of mounts. but it's really not under the actual body mounts, it's the support arms (?) that extend from the mounts towards the outside of the car. i think the other 3 rows of mounts are considerably better and serviceable, and a PO supported the hell out of the floor with 1X1 tubing, so i don't think it's unsafe or anything, but it needs to be addressed. i have some basic tools, some even more basic skills, and a couple of good folks who are willing to help me and try to get this right, but i need to know what to buy, really, in order to get started.

    i've attached the best photo i can muster (DSC_0041.JPG) - the frame is to the right, the rear of the truck is towards the bottom of the photo, and the wheel well for the rear passenger side (and the rust) is towards the left. I guess what i need to do is cut that whole bad piece out (is it a support arm? whatzit?) and replace it with the body off of the frame? i have the exact same situation on both sides. the rust looks awful in the photo but not nearly soooo bad in person; i'm hoping to mainly use a rust fixitave sorta product like mad down there; it's pretty solid despite the surface rust.

    i'll include a gratuitous topless photo here as well. this is the *good* side. the fender is off on the driver's and the quarter is trash.

    thanks for any help/advice.

    DSC_0041.JPG DSC_0032.JPG
     
  2. 'Mater

    'Mater Binder Driver

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    Your first purchase should be a 4.5" angle grinder. Cut off wheels,abrasive wheels and a couple wire brush attachments. You already have the basic principles figured out. Cut out the rusty stuff and replace it with new. If you cut out big chunks, like whole floor pans and such, you will want to brace the body so it doesn't move out of alignment. Flat steel is pretty cheap. Finding the stuff that has odd shapes is a little bit more difficult. Sometimes it's better to cut the patch from a donor vehicle.

    Both mig and tig welders are acceptable for body work. Get the best one you can afford because in the end it will be more versatile and easy to use. If you have a rockstar budget, get a plasma cutter. It will save you plenty of time on the cutting.
     
  3. Darrel

    Darrel Y-Block King

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    That's part of the main body support under the cargo step. It's structural. Pull up your carpet or mat and see how the floor looks back there. If you don't want to buy a welder cut it all out, strip it to bare metal, and let a body or welding shop finish it up.
     
  4. Ruffrider

    Ruffrider Farmall Cub

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    Well looks like from what I can tell is front bed floor cross member? If so an that is all the root you have. Support the body with jack stands an lumber the cut it out as stated the weld in new cross member
     
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    chopperroxie Farmall Cub

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    Is there a place to buy a reproduction floor panel/bed floor support cross member? If so then that would be easy to replace but I haven't seen one sold by our list of Scout parts companies.
     
  6. Ruffrider

    Ruffrider Farmall Cub

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    Give one of the light line dealers a call, their home office makes majority of sheet metal parts. Or get ya some one inch channel an fab one up.!!! Be Safe
     
  7. TomDubyu

    TomDubyu Farmall Cub

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    thanks all for the replies. if i can figure out anything conclusive ii'll post back here.
     
  8. TomDubyu

    TomDubyu Farmall Cub

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    Better photos from a different angle - taken from the rear wheel well.
     

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  9. Jeff Jamison

    Jeff Jamison Lives in an IH Dealership

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    super scout specialist has them,center cab mounts.
     

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