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Username Post: Installing Bed floor in 59/60 El camino Sealant ?        (Topic#353382)
1belair1954 
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Reg: 12-24-12
10-10-18 12:06 AM - Post#2748299    

Hi everyone finally getting close to installing the original bed floor in my 1960 El camino .
Does anybody know is it a good idea to use sealant between the floor to the frame. When I took it off it seemed to have some sort of white sealant around the bolt holes and around the sides and at the front not sure if this was added later.
Is it a good idea to try and make it waterproof so water wont get in underneath and start the rusting process over again ?
Also what is recommended I was thinking of a non hardening mastic sealant any ideas appreciated ?
I do not want something permanent in case I need to take the bed off again also.



 




DonSSDD 
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DonSSDD
Loc: Nova Scotia, Canada
Reg: 08-21-01
10-10-18 04:41 AM - Post#2748312    
    In response to 1belair1954

I wouldn’t bother sealing it, I doubt you could get it 100% and it’s unlikely to rust once it has been properly painted. I have some old pics of under the bed in mine if I can find them. Don’t remember if there was any sealant, it likely would have been dum dum if anything.

63 Pontiac Parisienne Sport Coupe(CDN Chev mechanically (409, 4 speed),62 Bel Air SC (sold), 59 El Camino (sold), 62 Bel Air SC(sold), 63 SWC Vette (sold),
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stevelegel 
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stevelegel
Loc: Detroit MI
Reg: 09-27-09
10-10-18 05:56 PM - Post#2748369    
    In response to DonSSDD

I wasn't considering sealant under mine as I am close to finishing. Then again, I don't expect mine to be weathered very much. I 'll look to see if I made drain holes in the bottoms of the footwells that are under the bed panel...hhhhmmmmm
My bed panle floor was rusted about 14 inches from the bulk head and there was a ton of leaves and dirt and junk underneath. I found someone who alos had a rust bed panle and bought 2 ft of his good end nad spliced them together after making a jig to position it. I calculated the underside support location and set the holes for the bolts etc.




 
1belair1954 
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10-10-18 09:53 PM - Post#2748388    
    In response to stevelegel

After all the work replacing the rust under my bed i will make sure it never sees water. I will be drilling drain holes in my replaced pans also. I might not seal mine then as it could become a pain to remove the bed later. I still can see the location of the original drain holes in my old cut out pans so will duplicate them.



Edited by 1belair1954 on 10-10-18 09:54 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
DonSSDD 
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10-11-18 01:08 AM - Post#2748396    
    In response to 1belair1954

I checked my pics, it may have had sealant- dum dum- only on the edge at the back of the cab. I see no evidence of anything anywhere else.

63 Pontiac Parisienne Sport Coupe(CDN Chev mechanically (409, 4 speed),62 Bel Air SC (sold), 59 El Camino (sold), 62 Bel Air SC(sold), 63 SWC Vette (sold),
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stevelegel 
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Loc: Detroit MI
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10-11-18 04:58 AM - Post#2748410    
    In response to DonSSDD

Do you think the sealant "seals the water in"?



 
1belair1954 
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10-12-18 01:25 AM - Post#2748480    
    In response to stevelegel

What is Dum Dum ?is that a tar like substance ? I am from Australia never heard of that word.
I noticed whoever was applying the thick tar like rust proofing in my El camino got huge dollops of it everywhere. A real pain to remove.




 
DonSSDD 
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10-12-18 03:33 AM - Post#2748486    
    In response to 1belair1954

Its more like a putty that doesn't harden. It was used around the windshield a lot, it was used to prevent leaks and also as an "anti rattle" substance I believe.

You can buy 3m Strip-Calk, its virtually the same stuff.



63 Pontiac Parisienne Sport Coupe(CDN Chev mechanically (409, 4 speed),62 Bel Air SC (sold), 59 El Camino (sold), 62 Bel Air SC(sold), 63 SWC Vette (sold),
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1belair1954 
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10-12-18 04:08 AM - Post#2748488    
    In response to DonSSDD

Thanks Don



 
59cheviac 
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Loc: the sunshine state
Reg: 10-31-03
10-12-18 08:16 AM - Post#2748508    
    In response to 1belair1954

I bought a 59 El Camino decades ago where someone had used axle grease under the bed floor as a preservative! It must have been a quarter inch thick over the entire area, and was a royal pain to remove, but it did a great job of preserving both pieces!



 




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