Originally Posted by bwaysteve
Someone in the forums mentioned using a 1 1/2 hole saw w/o the guide bit to cut around the elevator bolts to move each section out in one piece for nice template use.Can't find the post.
Anyone experience this?
Also what is the procedure for reinstall on the elevator bolts with shell and belly pan on? Do I remove the banana wrap for access?
You have to remove the belly pan to replace the elevator bolts but you may be able to keep the lower side wraps buck riveted to the lower edge of the skins as I did. This avoids the issue of using Olympic rivets or having to buck new rivets. All other joints on mine were pop rivets anyway.
I used a hole saw with the guide bit set about 1/4" lower than the saw teeth to drill out around the elevator bolts. The bolt heads fit between the guide bit and the saw when drilling. Just be careful to stop right away when you contact the metal of the frame crossmembers. They are quite thin steel, and can be damaged easily.
The shell-on floor replacement involves removing all
of the floor, not just the center field area. The floor under the C channel is the most damaged area you are likely to find. Read the major restorations thread if you haven't already done so, and see my blog for more detailed info. And ask away, we're ready to answer!
Rich the Viking