I need to pull mine as well and the area behind the back seat. I was thinking of at least pulling them out myself, but I have no welding skills so I was going to find someone to do the welding part for me. After reading your post, it looks like getting them out is going to be a weekend job. One thing I had been toying with, was the idea of using Diamond Plate sheets instead of regular pans. I saw them on a rail and thought it would look cool in a bug.
72 Super Beetle