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Old 04-09-2014, 11:41 PM   #15
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So that is why I see people cutting slots in the wood? I wondered why I saw that in some pictures. Colin is so right about not cutting slots in the floor. The other thing I learned the hard way is you should use the largest pieces of wood possible and use cleats. So, having just gone through this, and I am a true amateur (but I have built houses), the holes in the belly pan are not bad. I am going to use metal plugs in the belly pan holes. It is optimal to drop the belly pan but I couldn't because of my location.

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Old 04-10-2014, 07:24 PM   #16
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Merrypaws there are some ways to cheat. With the bad floor section out you can find a strategic spot in the belly pan near center and cut a hole to allow hand/arm access to the bottom of the outriggers & Xmembers, install bolts and patch pan. If your belly pan is two sheets with the seam lengthwise down the ctr line you should be able to drill out the rivets out to the parimeter with out disturbing the banana raps or beltline. Let the two sections down and have access to the whole underneath. Pull it up on ramps first, you need a couple feet of clearance to allow the sections down far enough for you to get between them and reach to the edges to work.

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