Question about 1988 Nissan 300ZX
I know of no diagram for this are of the Z. Pulling back the carpet and hammering with mini sledge hammer is my suggestion. It's impossible to get a full swing but you can use the hammer as a ram rod and thrust the top of the hammer into the dent. You can also use a sold long shaft that has a thick diameter and semi rounded end to use as a drift (hammering down on the shaft while positioning the shaft over the dent in different areas as it gets knocked into shape. I have a 1 1/2" aluminum shaft that I bench grinded for a different purpose but would work for this. If you can't find a good solid metal shaft then using an oak 1"x1" thick or thicker board from a hardware store will work. Just sand the end into a slightly convex shape will work. There are no wires that travel under the carpet but check for any brake lines on the under side that might have been bent up as well. Without seeing the extent of the damage it's hard to say what is affected by the dent. The brake lines are not directly under the clutch pedal but hammering the floor board back into shape could affect them if the dent was large enough. Bake lines are not something you want to try and re-bend into shape. I'm sure not sure if you are making them pay for this damage but I would be having the shop that did this pay for it getting fix or at least having them hammer it back into shape. The floor boards are metal but weak part compared to the sub frame they are attached to so I doubt the sub frame was pushed up any. I would not suggest pulling the floor board down from the underside as this would involve unnecessary drilling of holes to attach anchors. It wouldn't hurt to get the alignment checked afterwords (on their dime hopefully).
Posted on Sep 04, 2011
Testimonial: "Sadly, it was a relative trying to do me my wife a 'favour' so no recompense is likely. Have tried the sledge hammer nbut cannot get at the worst spots. Am trying the 'drift' method (with t-tops off to give better targeting) now but it is very slow going. Next problem will be the area right below the drivers seat. It is pushed up to the point that the seat rails are no longer straight. Thanks for mentioning the brake lines. Hadn't thought of that. Sub frame appear fine but will be after a wheel alignment as soon As I can get the car drivable again. Thanks so much for you reply. Much appreciated."
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