Posted August 23, 2004 at 07:28 pm
Why not make them? You probably don't need the whole thing and what you install needn't be one piece. Have fixed many Volare floors (and others) over the years and don't weld them in either in most cases. If it just a simple repair under the pedals, cut out the garbage and make a cardboard pattern to fit. Cut your patch piece about 3/4" larger all around so it sits on top. Fit it properly making the needed bends or offsets then punch holes about every inch around the edge. If no punch, drill holes from the backside and lay down in a bead of caulking and screw it down. If you drill from the top, the drill raises the metal and it will not sit down properly.............keep the mess on top. I use 18 Ga. 'cause that is what I have, 20 or even 22 Ga. will work just does not feel as sturdy under the feet. I have found it is a waste of time welding all that stuff in, unless that is something other than an every day driver you are fixing. But, sometimes there are places where only welding WIIL do. If you are starting out and intend to be a lifelong driveway mechanic, time to start making some of your tools. Sheet metal brakes are simple to build as are beaders etc. In the past I have made several lower quarter patch pieces for my Volares on a shop built 24" brake. Look at www.lindsaybks.com and www.lowbucktools.com for ideas.