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Surprised Surprised Surprised incredible its beyond me how you keep going at the moment id want to cry in the corner but i must prepare myself for the rust Sad
your doing an amazing job Mike more straight clean panels then rust now yay


:rotfl: Trust me Peter... with the amount of bark I took off my hands this weekend, at times I just felt like laying down in the corner of the garage in the fetal position, sucking on my thumb and crying too Head Bash


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:rotfl: i think its one of the only times a grown man has reason to cry like a girl haha keep at mate starting to actually resemble a car


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coming along nice Mike, braver then I am, good job


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Just read through the whole ten pages of ur thread.
Awesome thread.
Awesome work.
Keep it coming. Clap


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chopmgw wrote
Just read through the whole ten pages of ur thread.
Awesome thread.
Awesome work.
Keep it coming. Clap


Will do... glad you enjoyed it. I saw your thread over on the the MOCA Forum. Will keep an eye on that as well.


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Long weekend Mike, I expect we'll see the car finished by Monday? Drink


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Long weekend Mike, I expect we'll see the car finished by Monday? Drink


I wish Rick... gotta housefull at the moment so ain't gonna get much done in the next coupla weeks. You should come on over for a looksee tomorrow some time if you like. You must have one of those other buckets of bolts on the road by now (surely) that you could take for a little spin...??? Poke


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Okay, so it has been a while since I have done an update to my project here...

I had done a bit last weekend but unfortunately I have had a problem with my computer and can't get at the photos from last weekend (actually that last 10 years but that is another story Argh . Last weekend I got the new inner and outer rocker welded in on the left hand side. Firstly, I used some POR 15 to prep and paint the inner rocker before sanding back the edges and repriming with a weld through primer so that I could do all the spot welds that would be needed for the outer rocker to pin up. It was a bit of dicking around but I got the inner rocker in there and it certainly was a good learning exercise for the right hand side which I took on today.

With the left hand side I put the inner rocker in first which also had the centre reinforcing plate in it. I can't remember what it is called but it is just a flat plate along the length of the inner rocker for additional strength. Once I was happy with the positioning and the A and B pillars seemed to be sitting fairly naturally I welded it into place. I then started on the outer rocker which became a real bastard of a job because the form of the panel was not right and I couldn't figure out why it wasn't sitting properly under both the A and B pillars. I finally measured it up and the valley (where the wiring runs down the length) of the rocker was wider by about a 1/4 of an inch. Not much really but when the bottom of the B pillar in particular has the shape that it does and the bracket on the inside of it that welds to the inner rocker you really have little or no room for movement.

Onto the RH rockers... so today I got stuck into removing the old rockers.



Just to refresh the memory, this is why I am replacing both the inner and outer rockers...



Not shown here but the underside of the inner rocker is fully rusted just about the full length of it...

When I did the LH side I basically hacked them out in whatever pieces I could so I really destroyed them with really nothing but the outer rocker extension left to salvage. This time, I decided to be a little more surgical in my approach and actually got the inner / outer rocker out in one piece - excluding the rusted away bits of course .

So I thought I had it all unstitched and DOH!!! Still one little spot weld hanging in there...







Hammer and chisel to the rescue and... VOILÁ!



I'll just mention the front torque box here - it is in reasonably good condition so I will not be replacing it completely, just the top panel which I will probably hack off the new torque box that I had bought for the job anyway.

I put the new inner rocker up in place to test fit and after a bit of cleaning up to remove the rusty old crap and dags it sat really neatly in place with near perfect positioning under the pillars - Woohoo! . I must say that at this time it was a pretty good feeling to be actually putting something significant back into the project having spent so much time pulling it all down.

You will see the blue outer rocker sitting on the floor here... it is a second hand one that I picked up locally and so it just needed to be cleaned up - yes,more spot welds to drill out and clean up...





I held the outer rocker up in place by hand and again, it was sitting really neatly so this looks like it might be a much easier job than the other side. I plan on welding the inner / outer rockers together and putting them up in one hit - unlike the other side - as I think that will be so much easier overall, especially with the top panel off the front torque box which I will weld in after it is all done.

I have also removed the right hand cowl side panel as I will be grafting in a new one as I did the other side...

So I am pretty impressed with the progress today - all that took about 4 to 5 hours so I hope tomorrow I will have it all prepped and painted ready for welding in (hopefully next weekend) and I can then make a start on the firewall.


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Excellent work Mike , your a freak BTW


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scott66stang wrote
Excellent work Mike , your a freak BTW


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Excellent work Mike , your a freak BTW


YOU'RE A FREAK...!!! Poke
Nooo... You Are!! Moon


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Excellent work Mike , your a freak BTW


YOU'RE A FREAK...!!! Poke
Nooo... You Are!! Moon


YOU ARE... times 100 to the power of infinity... THERE!!!


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Your both freaks.....but Mike..are you sure that new floor panel is in the spot?
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Your both freaks.....but Mike..are you sure that new floor panel is in the spot?
cheers


Absolutely... it just dropped straight in and I welded it into place - perfect fit with no changes needed. I am so happy with my resto-mod now. Headbanger


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