How To Install Floor Pans – Ford Model A – Metal Fabrication with Eastwood


everybody mad from eastwood the project
behind me is my 1930 model a and some of the previous videos you may have seen
right build a chassis from scratch and then I channeled the body down over the
chassis the next part of this project is where we’re going to build for pants I want them to look pretty factory even
though it’s been channeled pretty darn hard this floor pan is going to consist of
six separate pieces and I’m finishing up the last piece here we’re going to show
you the process on the last three and i’m going to show you a cool little tip
called prestretching it’s going to help keep your floor pans from warping while
you’re building that yeah and you guys that have done a lot of be
growing I’m sure you’ve come across this problem like we’re showing right here
with a nice flat panel and lay all your beads out roll your beads perfectly straight you
think everything is great you pull it out and well it’s just like
this it’s all warped and popping when you try to weigh it into the vehicle now
a lot of guys have seen a tack weld it and they hammered into submission and
make it fit but in the end to fit and finish just
isn’t really that nice i have one here that we’ve already done the same process
and sits pretty darn flat we don’t have to force it into submission this is done with a process called
prestretching which i’m going to show you on this other panel here I’ve already laid out the beads so we’re
ready to go let’s walk over the English wheel will show you the process alright so we have our panel in the
English wheel here with basically no tension on it I can slip it between the wheels and
what we’re going to do is set the panel up pretty much centered in the wheel and
we’re going to put I’d say moderate tension on it we want enough tension
that we’re actually moving some metal I got some moderate tension and i’m
going to start growing it and we’re going to focus on basically about an
inch on either side of this line this line is our center line of our bead we
want to focus on stretching the metal right around that maybe an inch on
either side so I’m going to roll this back and forth and full of times trying
to basically just go right to my start and stop . so you don’t need to do a ton
of rolling just enough to stretch the metal right around that be now you don’t want to go outside of that
one or two inch range because it then you’re going to start affecting the
whole entire panel so that’s one done here and put some moderate pressure on it
going to roll this one you don’t need much just a little bit our next one so we got these first two
road I’m going to finish rolling these last
three and we’re going to go over the bead roller and we’ll show you what
we’re going to do that so as you can see by just wheeling each
of these bead lines a little bit on either side of the bead line we have
stretched the metal and giving us extra material for the beads and then use up we roll all these beads in the panel
there’s a little bit of distortion and now i’m using it in English wheel once
we throw these beads in here it’ll pretty much all flat now we won’t have
that crazy oil canyon that was shared you wanna on our test piece earlier let’s throw it in the bead roller and
we’ll show you what it looks like yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah so here’s where we’re at this is real
life so I bent this panel up and its really close and I could probably with a
hammer tap this thing down in there and force
it in place but I still got to build the rest of us for and more than likely i’m
gonna have to take this in and out a handful of times so it’s just a hair too
tight so I’m gonna take this back on the bench and show you a little trick to
move your been wine over just the hair we’re not going to move it probably more than like a 16th or
something around that but it’s a pretty quick simple way so we want to scrap
this whole entire panel and we can keep moving forward so let me show you on the
bench here start by holding a dolly at a slight
angle behind the flange leaving a small air gap at the bottom then hit on the
center of the bead on the outside of the panel once the new edge has been formed hold
the dolly tight and Hammer the old Ben line flat yeah with the been line moved over to drop
the pan in and we install click owes to hold it in place I then scribed and cut off the excess
metal that’s sad above the cross braces yeah all right at this point we got five and
six floor pans made and the first five were all pretty darn simple and they
were all like we pre-stretch the beads roll them in at the edges and fit
everything in and we’re really worried about on the home stretch here now the
most difficult one to make is the driver’s side front pan that’s because in a car that’s really
small like a model a we’re trying to jam a lot of stuff in one small little area now i’m using a handler House of fab
crossmember which puts the brake master cylinder right underneath the driver’s
feet so we need a way that we can access and Phil break foot in the master
cylinder I can easily just rough cut a panel out
and popper that something in place but i really wanted to look professional so we’re going to use the eastwood bead
roller with the forming dice to make a recessed panel that’s also removable and
looks good in the end let’s show you the process I got the panel fit in the bead roller
here and we run some tests panels to make sure everything is adjusted just
how we want now i’m going to start the paddle or our
bead on the flat area don’t want to start on the band because it’s going to
be difficult to connect your be at the end that way we can make make a nice
smooth connection so good is going to give me a hand roll in the bead here and
we’ll show you what it looks like after we’re done using the offset dies in the bead roller
and rolling to connect the beads we’ve created a recess that we can sit
our access panel we rode a bead in our access panel to
match the floor pan and cut it a little smaller than the opening and before yeah we then marked out the center of the
recess and cut it out weaving a small lip for the panel to sitting yeah yeah we use the automatic center punch to
mark where we drill the screw holes for the mounting tags with the holes drilled in the tabs we
transfer them to the access panel yeah we then used a round punch to put an
indent around the holes in the access panel this will allow our mounting screws to
sit flush on the paddle yeah with all of the detail work done we’ve
been our final mounting flanges in the ends of the panel after test fitting the panel we laid out
and cut the pedal holes yeah yeah yeah and yeah finally we were able to fit the pan in
and around the pedals and Qui coated in place ok here you can see our flat head screws
holding the panel in place and everything sits nice and four well the beginning this project we
started out with a big gaping hole in the bottom of the model a and now after
a little bit of work we got a complete for pretty much all
clear coat in place of the process for building these floors for each of the
six panels was just about the same that last one we just got done showing you is
a little more involved are really happy with how it came out in the next video
we’re going to show you how we make a transmission tunnel using the eastwood
English wheel and a wire form as our pattern make sure you subscribe to our YouTube
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