Replacing the center trunk pan, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro - Part 1
Updated: Jul 3, 2020
As you can see in the picture, the trunk floor on this #1969Camaro is quite rusted, we also notice some perforation.
So how do we fix this?
There is only one way this can be done, it has to be removed, it has to be cut out completely. Trying to remove this with a chemical process will not be sufficient. We would at best be delaying the progression of the rust temporarily.
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The very first step before we start cutting anything is to order the replacement parts.
It is important to have the replacement part in hand so we can identify the area that will be cut out, we would not want to cut out areas that are not covered by the replacement part.
We got a couple of OER parts in hand before we started.
C2056 - 1969 Camaro/Firebird trunk floor Reinforcement/fuel tank brace with edp coating; RH
C2057 - 1969 Camaro/Firebird trunk floor Reinforcement/fuel tank brace with edp coating; LH
C238 - 1969 Camaro/Firebird center trunk pan
When replacing the center trunk pan it is also a good idea to replace the fuel tank braces, no point in reinstalling the rusted ones.
First we removed the Tail Panel Brace, giving us more space to maneuver the trunk pan in the trunk area.
Second we need to remove the Fuel Tank Braces, in our case roll bar tubes were welded onto the trunk floor, we had to remove that first.
Then we very carefully detach the Fuel Tank Braces from the Rear Inner Valance Panel, being careful not to damage the Rear Inner Valance Panel.
This is done by drilling or grinding out the welds. We did this on both the right and left side Fuel Tank Braces.
Once that is done we can now start cutting out the trunk floor after we have identified the area that will be cut out.
We cut out the trunk floor right from the Rear Inner Valance Panel all the way to the end of the Fuel Tank Braces, and right beside each Frame Rail. We stopped at the end of the Fuel Tank Braces to leave us plenty of overlap, we will then be able to determine how much more we need to cut after mock fitting the Center Trunk Panel, this is a precaution so not too much is cut we want about an inch of overlap between the old and the new in the end, which is enough to weld.
That's it for now, please come back for part 2, when we weld in the panel.
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