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Offline Brianny

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I am looking at picking up a 1991 Ramcharger. Everything is in pretty good shape, except the driver's side floorpan is rotted out. Any thoughts on cost to replace or repair this? I can handle any mechanical issues that come up myself, but I have never done body work- so this would essentially be added to the purchase price of the truck.

Picture of the affected area: http://imgur.com/a/a6K0N


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    Re: Estimated cost to repair/replace floorpan on a 91 Ramcharger?
    « Reply #1 on: March 20, 2017, 04:51:26 PM »
    That's gonna need a section of floor pan and a rocker panel, but you have to look at the frame very carefully. Some years back I bought a rocker panel replacement and floor pan section for something like $70. Then you have to factor in a couple hours labor plus paint. I went cheap and had the rocker welded in place but the floor pan cut and the new section riveted and sealed. If the frame is good, I'd guess $500 total to include painting the rocker.
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    Re: Estimated cost to repair/replace floorpan on a 91 Ramcharger?
    « Reply #2 on: March 20, 2017, 05:23:09 PM »
    With rot that bad, I would be looking at the cab mounts, floor crossmembers, rear valance, rain gutters and rear wheel wells very closely.  Usually rust like that is not isolated and can be an issue if you plan on keeping the truck for any length of time.  If it were me, that cost would not be added to price of the truck, it would be deducted since it seriously hurts the value of the vehicle.  In many cases, it's simply not worth it.  I got a decent deal on my '88, but if it wasn't a factory 4 speed truck, I would have passed on it in a heartbeat due to the rust issues it has.
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    Re: Estimated cost to repair/replace floorpan on a 91 Ramcharger?
    « Reply #3 on: March 20, 2017, 07:21:38 PM »
    The person I'd be buying it from would go as low as $1,800. It's got 80k miles on it and is in decent shape. I don't know how much more I could really ask him to lower the price. It was a fleet truck, so it's fairly well maintained other than the rust.

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    Re: Estimated cost to repair/replace floorpan on a 91 Ramcharger?
    « Reply #4 on: March 20, 2017, 07:37:05 PM »
    That is major league rust.  Thats gonna be a floor pan, floor pan/seat mount support, rocker and likely a cab mount.  Thats like 1-2 months worth of weekends.  And at least 2 of those things need to be fabricated, which requires a metal brake or other specialized, expensive equipment. And skill and/or practice.
    Definitely a fatal flaw and requires a major price adjustment down from 1800 regardless of miles- heck they could be all plow miles, 3 miles a day, only in the worst weather.....Ironic thing is it would be in better shape with 200,000 highway miles
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    Re: Estimated cost to repair/replace floorpan on a 91 Ramcharger?
    « Reply #5 on: March 20, 2017, 07:44:09 PM »
    The frame is critical. Ask if you can have a body shop look at it for a cost estimate. Then figure if the price to buy it and repair it is worth it to you. If not, walk away. Frame damage is a major issue and can condemn a vehicle
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    Re: Estimated cost to repair/replace floorpan on a 91 Ramcharger?
    « Reply #6 on: March 20, 2017, 09:30:46 PM »
    That's major rust and like was mentioned I don't see how the that level of corrosion could be isolated to that one area but i suppose it's possible. You could probably buy one much nicer and even have it shipped to you and be much better off $ wise for what this one could need. If you are more comfortable with the mechanical and had one shipped that needed some mechanical things that would be ok because you could offset that with your own work....this one needs kevin tetz.
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