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Old 08-19-2007, 10:59 PM   #15
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So whats the verdict?

Can we drill into the frame rails?
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Old 08-20-2007, 07:20 AM   #16
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Belly pan

Hi Tim,
Nice work so far. I have a 62' Safari and it had a few drill holes in the cross channels which I reused replacing rivets in critical places which really helped tighten up the metal. The cross channel is relatively thin as you know and easy to drill a few more holes and use the large belly pan rivets.

So my opinion is yes, you can drill in the cross channel.

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Old 08-20-2007, 08:34 AM   #17
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My vote is no on the Frame rails - more not necessary than anything else.
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Old 08-20-2007, 08:42 AM   #18
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Yes Vote

Safari:

We are using stainless steel screws all the way, cross members and frame rails.

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Phil, who has worked at a leading truck body builder for over twenty years says that, in his experience, rivets “wear through”.

That was the case with my old belly pan.

I'd use short screws and be careful about wiring.



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Old 08-20-2007, 09:10 AM   #19
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So whats the verdict?
Can we drill into the frame rails?
Based on my 20 years of detailing Structural & Misc Steel, I'd say you'll have no problems with drilling the few small holes you'll need to secure the belly pan to the frame.
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Old 08-20-2007, 09:59 AM   #20
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Phil, who has worked at a leading truck body builder for over twenty years says that, in his experience, rivets “wear through”.
I concur based on what found under my 40 year old A/S.
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:33 PM   #21
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Not withstanding Ken J, I'm going to go ahead and add the few rivets I need to the frame rails.

Next time, I would make the belly patches a little wider or plan around not having to do it.

Ugh... next time... I must be crazy :-)
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:58 PM   #22
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Mostly it is just the middle flat piece but on the SS the next rivets up are on the side so if we end up replacing the front or back end behind the wheel the aluminum will have to be cut away or replaced in that case it have to be formed. Any Suggestions? I do have pictures but I am just learning how to navigate and I am not to savvy on to incorperate the pictures yet.

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If the piece that you are talking about is a simple curve you will not have to do anything fancy to form it to fit. The aluminum is flexible enough to form around the curve by hand.

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