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Old 01-22-2015, 08:32 PM   #1
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Front center Belly pan removal. Plate?

Does this steel plate need to come off to let the front center (Between the frame rails) belly pan drop down?
And what is this plate for?

I already did the back, it was like 2 inches up under all the way around. I figured it was the same.
If I need to drop the plate, all of those rivets need to come out.

Thanks for any info on the subject. Tomorrow afternoon project.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:31 PM   #2
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That plate is the front "hold down" plate that keeps the shell firmly attached to the frame in front. You *should* not need to remove any of those rivets to drop the belly pan. That being said, it always helps to know what year trailer you are working on. You will need to remove the trim.

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Old 01-23-2015, 05:41 AM   #3
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Sorry,,,
It's a 61' Ambassador. The back of the trailer floor is already complete (I used 3/4 Marine Grade plywood). I didn't do the "Body off", but I did change out the full sheets by removing the lower "Plate".
I can clearly see from the inside I have all the rivets removed (As I did in the back of the camper). The outside front-trim is already removed. It should just drop down at this point.
I have the rivets under the belly pan up into the frame also removed and the bottom is flopping around ready to fall down once I get the front center to drop.
I'm probably not even changing the plywood out at the very front. And even tho I have gotten a good look at the frame with my probe camera, I just want to see it in plain sight.
Thanks for the help...
What I guessed to be a 30 min project addition, is over an hour, and the part I thought would be simplest is the toughest.
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Old 01-23-2015, 07:45 AM   #4
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I guess you know that you do not have to drop the belly pan when you replace the floor. Maybe that would help out with your question and let you just inspect, rust proof the plate and install the wood flooring.
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I guess you know that you do not have to drop the belly pan when you replace the floor. Maybe that would help out with your question and let you just inspect, rust proof the plate and install the wood flooring.
So, the belly pan can stay in place while the sub floor is replaced, correct?
I am planning on taking the shell off of my 59 Overlander, but I don't need to replace all the belly pan (only one panel). I haven't been intending to remove all the belly pan, but some of the posts I read indicate that I need to do so. I'm so lost on the belly pan portion. Insight would be helpful! Thanks!
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:10 PM   #6
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I was just looking at my plate last night. On my 68, there is a piece of aluminum that is about 10" tall with a 90 degree bend in it that is about 2 1/2" long. It was riveted to the lower row of rivets in the steel hold down plate, went down between the a frame, and the short leg went under the front most crossmember. It has holes up through the bottom of the crossmember, too. I think it's primary purpose is flashing, and to cover the crossmember. It was between the skin and the plate. That piece could definitely get in the way of bellypan removal. But you may be able to just release the rivets in the bottom of the crossmember to slide the belly skin out.
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