Floor Pan & Restoration??
I have a slight dilema, and would value your opinions... My 66 has a "partial" restoration from the previous owner, and I am undecided on how far to continue down a restoration path... The car has a clean & straight outer body with new base/clear paint. Even up close, the paint & chrome shines nicely. Interior is mostly new and looks good. I have been installing new weather stripping, window felts, etc. as needed.
Looks like the trunk has been replaced, and seems to be a decent job from what I can tell. During the replacement, new body mounts were installed in back, but I installed new mounts in the front half of car (always a good time while on your back). While under the car, I noticed that the front floor pan/toe area had some rust through, which was previously "patched" from the top side using sheet metal and a few rivets.
While the repair is solid for practical purposes, and will likely last me for many years, I am trying to determine the work effort & benefit of installing two new floor pan inserts, and maybe even adding the rears while the plasma cutter & welder are warmed up.
In your opinions, would it be worth installing the front pans without doing a full frame-off? Is a frame-off project even feasible if the goal is to not repaint the body? Seems like it would be a challenge not to ding up the body! It appears that replacing pan inserts from the top side is not a big deal, or is it?
My primary purpose is to enjoy the car in the summer months, while it stays snug & cozy in my heated shop during the winter. I do not plan on having a show car, but would also like to keep the resale value in mind for when that day eventually comes!
Thanks for your feedback!