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Old 03-21-2018, 12:22 PM   #1
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Underbody belly pan

Curious never seen this type of set up and wanted to run some camera and speaker wire etc. It looks like this belly pan is pop rivited from the top. So you'd have to cut off all the pop rivits and either screw it in and or pop rivit it in.

Has anyone dealt with removing this and what type of job was it?
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Old 03-22-2018, 01:59 PM   #2
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Got a picture of that pan?

Most of the underbelly coverings are screwed on and sometimes the screws are covered by trim pieces.
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Old 03-22-2018, 02:44 PM   #3
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Some under belly screws take an uncommon driver to remove them.
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Usually I think they are a hex head rivet shot from some tool. They have a rubber/plastic star shaped head. That piece will come off with needle nose pliers and then use a 1/4” hex to twist and pry out pin. Replace with self tapping or sheet metal screws with fender washers. Ymmv
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Usually I think they are a hex head rivet shot from some tool. They have a rubber/plastic star shaped head. That piece will come off with needle nose pliers and then use a 1/4” hex to twist and pry out pin. Replace with self tapping or sheet metal screws with fender washers. Ymmv
Yes... most of the ones I've seen that are riveted use a fastener similar to this...



And the OP is right... they are often 'shot' in from the top before the floor is laid on the frame during assembly.
There is a video of this process somewhere. If I can find, I'll edit,
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Underbody belly pan

The belly pan is one thing. My guys told me that the only way to get the pan down was to cut out around the rivets and then replace them with self tapping screws and taping the holes up afterwards.

Does anyone know where I can get a p[lan of the belly before the cover goes on? It would be good to see where everything is placed so we can identify issues as they arise. I have a 204rd if anyone can point me in the right direction.
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Yes... most of the ones I've seen that are riveted use a fastener similar to this...



And the OP is right... they are often 'shot' in from the top before the floor is laid on the frame during assembly.
There is a video of this process somewhere. If I can find, I'll edit,

Yep that's set up I have and one would thinkk just from a serving point of view for the dealer that has to do warranty work that they would of used screws.
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Looks like I'm thankful that the coroplast belly covers on all my trailers have been attached with 5/16" hex-head self-tapping screws - since they've been dropped (at least on one side) so many times!
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That’s why my new one is coming without one. I will be able to apply tank heaters and re work drains to more efficient discharge then I will enclose it.
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Looks like I'm thankful that the coroplast belly covers on all my trailers have been attached with 5/16" hex-head self-tapping screws - since they've been dropped (at least on one side) so many times!
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