Skinny mounting flange?!
Been working off and on for several years on our '74 27' Land Yacht. Life keeps getting in the way, so it's been a couple of years since I've been able to do ANYTHING, but my New Years resolution for this year is to at least get it operational. The last major project I'd started was replacing the wheel wells, inner and outer. I'd removed the inners, and had cut the tops off the outers, then was trying to figure out the best way to put it all back together when I had to abandon the project. I'd purchased new replacements from Inland RV.
Fast forward 2 years, and I'm getting back into it, and decide I'd be better off cutting back more of the floor so I could replace the outers in one piece, as a big part of the reason for starting the project was to eliminate possible points of rodent ingress. Based on the new ones I had, I expected to only need to cut the floor back a couple of inches. Imagine my surprise when I had to go back more than 4 inches! This creates a bit of a problem, as with the new ones pushed up against the outer skin, I have a wide gap on the inboard side that doesn't even reach the frame rail. In case that isn't clear, the old wells have approx. a 4" wide mounting flange, the new ones are half that.
So has anyone else run into the same thing, and if so, how did you deal with it? As I see it, I have 3 options. One, contact Inland RV and see if this was a screw up, and they sent the wrong part, although they only show one part number for the inner and outer. Two, I have a plastic welder on the way, so I could just weld the old flange to the new. Or three, I also have a flux core welder on the way, so I could add a piece of angle to the outboard side of the frame rail for the flange to sit down on, and run the floor out over that.
BTW, none of this is super time critical, the wife and I have decided that rather than continue with the band-aids and baling wire, it's time to get the shell off and deal with the frame. Lots of sag both front to rear and side to side, I know I've got some outrigger issues, and I strongly suspect some other problems as well. There are also numerous leaks that I haven't been able to chase down, and more than a few half-baked OP "mods" that I'll be able to address by gutting it, and having a straight, flat base to start from. Thanks in advance.