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Hey Danno! Get back to work on a car ! This thread is going to hell in a handbasket ! We need more destruction, metal work, rust excavation ! :thumbsup:
Thanks for the intervention. I've been bidding on some floor pans on eBay recently, but no luck so far. One more chance this weekend and if I don't get them I will order from the Classic Center or one of the MB dealers.
I'm planning to attend a MBCA GTG tomorrow here in Texas. Hopefully that will give me some motivation to get to work on the car.
 

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Well, the gtg really inspired me to get my car back on the road in time for next year. After spending time with Al and Paul, both having owned 5.0's, I feel really motivated to get the car in shape. I won one of the 3 eBay auctions I'm bidding on and the other two look promising. I'll know by Tuesday morning. Also, I finished ripping the dry rotted carpet out of the 74 and I have at least one floor pan that is 90% there. Another one is at least 50% usable. It looks like I can use at least one of the fenders as well, if I don't destroy it in the removal process.
In addition I plan to call on a CL car this week that may become a donor body for me. Just want to keep all my options open.
 

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Ok, that's the old Dan we know ! It would be good to see you get your car driveable so you could get a bit of enjoyment out of it. And perhaps SWMBO off your ass ! You and Fonze gotta be sick of hearing about all the dead soldiers in your garages and driveways ! :D
 

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Ok, that's the old Dan we know ! It would be good to see you get your car driveable so you could get a bit of enjoyment out of it. And perhaps SWMBO off your ass ! You and Fonze gotta be sick of hearing about all the dead soldiers in your garages and driveways ! :D
Luckily, my bride doesn't complain much, but your point is well taken. As a matter of fact I am in the garage a bit today taking parts off the 74. I am finding more and more items that I think will find a new home on the 78. If you are in need of a place to go on vacation Houston is nice and sunny in the summer. :D Bring a welding machine with you and I can provide free lodging. :)
 

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Belly laugh on that one! My daughter just moved to Houston this weekend, so at some point I'm likely to be in your part of the country!

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I suspect a land rover has been stealing time from the Benzes.


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It has a little, but mostly just busy this time of year at work. I'll trade the Land Rover for a nice 107, if the opportunity presents itself.
 

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Ahh....bring an adviser this time, ok?
I remember a certain friend that works for an airline that offered to do the inspection. I'll make sure I talk to him before I do anything. :)
 

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Woohoo! Watched those on Fleabay. I need complete front to rear, so didn't try to beat you out if them! As they are cut, do they work on your car?

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Woohoo! Watched those on Fleabay. I need complete front to rear, so didn't try to beat you out if them! As they are cut, do they work on your car?

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My front are pretty bad so these may not do the complete job, but they are so much better than where I am at now I figured I can use them and then maybe just need some small patch work. The wheel wells are currently patches so when those are redone I can extend the metal to reach the new floors. Also, the 74 has some areas that are good that are bad on the 78 so I plan to use metal from there as well. I may be able to cut the entire rear floor section from the 74 and transplant it into the 78.
 

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That is about what I found. The rear extensions are about $115 each. I bought two fronts that have a little cut off and one rear for about $175 delivered.
 

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That is about what I found. The rear extensions are about $115 each. I bought two fronts that have a little cut off and one rear for about $175 delivered.
Did you post pictures of them all? I don't see the recess for the emergency brake cable, so I am assuming you did not get the front driver pan. Did you get two passenger front pans?

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Here is what I had before sending Pete's passenger pan to a forum member somewhere in the Midwest.


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After a closer review / comparison, it looks like you have the back half of both the driver and passenger sections that go under the seats. The sections you have look like the leftovers that I also will have after I complete my project. I believe that the third picture you posted looks like it might be the SLC floorpan extension. That alone was probably a good score. The backs of the front floorpans look like they would enable you to use patch panels like the galvanized one Pete gave me for the front sections.

Is that making sense?

I hope this doesn't come as bad news.
 

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Until I get them I am not exactly sure, but according to the MB parts numbers on the stickers in the photos I got both fronts and one rear. The owner disclosed that both fronts have been cut, but he has no idea how much. For the price it was worth the risk. My fronts are so bad that anything will be a huge improvement. I can use the rear to either replace or patch my existing pans. If I remove the entire rear pans with the horizontal braces from the 74 I won't need to so much patch work on the rear floors.
The 74 rusted badly in the front and under the rear seat. The 78 rusted badly in teh front and rear floors. Rockers are probable bad on both, but I may be able to save a couple jack points on the 74 that I can use on the 78.
 

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Compare your pics with Fonzi's. Looks like the section from the firewall back to the seat is missing on the ones you bought.
 

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Compare your pics with Fonzi's. Looks like the section from the firewall back to the seat is missing on the ones you bought.
I guess I may just have patch panels. Once I get them I'll take measurements and then see what to do next.
 

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I guess I may just have patch panels. Once I get them I'll take measurements and then see what to do next.
I think the front floorpans have been used and the previous person took what they wanted and sold the leftovers. The rear floorpan that you have could be whole. I don't know because I haven't ever seen or researched them.

I was shocked when I went to the dealer to pickup my ~ 5 foot tall floorpan. "Whoa! I didn't need all that sheet metal! Oh well. It doesn't hurt me."




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I think the front floorpans have been used and the previous person took what they wanted and sold the leftovers. The rear floorpan that you have could be whole. I don't know because I haven't ever seen or researched them.

I was shocked when I went to the dealer to pickup my ~ 5 foot tall floorpan. "Whoa! I didn't need all that sheet metal! Oh well. It doesn't hurt me."




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My brother thinks I am nuts for buying factory metal when you can get sheet metal locally so much cheaper, but I want this to be as close to factory as possible. Since I have never done this before I don't want to have to replicate the bends in the metal.
 
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