aluminum floor

Discussion in 'Boat Modification Journal' started by cat-n-eye, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. cat-n-eye

    cat-n-eye New Member

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    anyone have an idea of were to get some aluminum for cheap for the floor of a jon boat. Retail on that stuff us spendy and I'd like to avoid going that route if able.
     
  2. Jeremy Sheffey

    Jeremy Sheffey New Member

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    all the aluminum i have ever bought to patch dump trucks and what not was expensive. its just high dollar stuff from what i have seen. hope you find some. if i were looking for it to put in a floor i would try the diamond plate. that way you could keep from slipping as much.


    Welcome to the BOC BTW!!!
     

  3. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Welcome foreman. Good luck. High dollar stuff unless you have a contact. Some guys on here have been using it. They will know the latest cost.
     
  4. Bobpaul

    Bobpaul New Member

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    Well, I figure it was my tax dollars that helped pay for them, so I and many others have used road signs. Just don't take any stop signs down.

    That's the best danged aluminum I've ever used.
     
  5. brian88b

    brian88b Member

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    Wonder if it was a "Slippery When Wet" sign LOL I would'nt advise that method tho LOL
     
  6. flatheadslayer

    flatheadslayer New Member

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    if you know someone that works for the DOT you may be able to buy some old street signs.thats what i did.some may be slightly damaged,but the last NEW peice i bought was a 4x8 ft,.125 gauge=170.00.so some slight damage i can live with.
     
  7. cantstopgrandma

    cantstopgrandma New Member

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    I used street signs in the floor of my jon boat. FREE!!! Go to your local county or state roads building and ask if you can go thru the old signs. I got 2 bridge crossing signs (the ones w/ the weight limit for trucks on them) that were 4x4. Had my uncle shear it to size and used an electric jigsaw to cut out for the ribs. My signs have bullet holes in them, but i covered mine w/ carpet anyway. Works very well, and did i mention FREE! I also got a lot of the 2x2 signs that i have used for several other projects. That aluminum is very corrosion resistant also, i mean it sits out in the weather all the time.
     
  8. flatheadslayer

    flatheadslayer New Member

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    yeah,thats some good stuff,but around here you gotta slip the man in charge a 20.00,they ain't givin you nothin here.:Money:
     
  9. cantstopgrandma

    cantstopgrandma New Member

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    Still sounds like cheap aluminum to me :Happy:.
     
  10. flatheadslayer

    flatheadslayer New Member

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    oh yeah,no dobt about it.it's the only way i go.
     
  11. Welder

    Welder New Member

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    Local scrap yards somtimes ya can get good sheet alum cheap. Road signs work great to Not only try the state shops but also the local county and city shops. Getting a 4x4 or better sheet for $20 to $40 bucks is a good deal.
     
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2010
  12. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    thought road signs were stainless
     
  13. cantstopgrandma

    cantstopgrandma New Member

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    I guess it could be different in different parts of the country, but the ones i used were definately aluminum. They cut WAY too easy to be SS. They also dont bend worth a crap. They're some kind of hard brittle aluminum alloy.....i wish i knew how to bend it.
     
  14. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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  15. cat-n-eye

    cat-n-eye New Member

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    thanks guys. I'll be trying the city, county, state shops. I have a connection at the county. The place I got a price quote from wanted $215 for a piece 19" X 87". I just hung up on the guy. I'll put wood down before I pay for piece.
     
  16. roadkill636

    roadkill636 New Member

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    I see plenty of aluminum treadplate truck tool boxes for sale for $50 - $75 used of corse. if ya wanted to go that rout
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2010
  17. Bobpaul

    Bobpaul New Member

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    Don't think!
     
  18. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    Reason for thinking is because i had one that was stainless....
     
  19. Jollymon

    Jollymon Well-Known Member

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    Jeffro did it just fall off the pole it was mounted on into your truck /:angry:
     
  20. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    lmao no my dad had it