Work continues on Project Burnadebt, the 1959 Chevy Apache we’re building for Eddy Cebreco. We are back at Auto Metal Direct along with Jubee Mays of aMAYSing Metal Works. Earlier, we replaced Burnadebt’s old, worn-out, and shoddily patched firewall with fresh metal from AMD. You can see the step-by-step process in the March 2022 issue of Street Trucks.
In this issue, we tackle the floorpan. It may seem like a huge job, but if you follow along, you can see that this is something you can conquer at home with help from a few friends. As you have seen, Burnadebt has had patches and repairs at various shops over the last several years with less-than-optimal results. When it comes to the floorpan, it is the same song and dance—missing brackets, misaligned gaps, rusted spots, even the step plate was missing.
We are going to start over with a brand-new OE-style floorpan assembly from our guys at AMD. In addition to the floorpan, Burnadebt will be receiving a new back cab panel as well as new doors from AMD. You will see these parts come into play here and there. This will allow us to properly align the floorpan for installation. If you’re doing these repairs at home, don’t worry: We tie it all together right here in Street Trucks.
The floor in Burnadebt is like most classic trucks—in need of some love. The floorpan is a location where water often collects in the corners, at the toe board and near the trans cover. And, over time, these areas likely to rust out. Follow along and you too can do these repairs at home. Let’s go!