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|Rambler American Restoration
Driver's Side Quarter & Rocker Panels
|What I needed to fabricate was basically a
stepped area in the rocker cover that lines up with a notch in the inner
rocker panel to allow water to drain from this area of the car. The
stepped starts about 4 inches from the trailing end of the inner rocker
panel and is about an inch wide.
The blue line in Figure A shows the profile of the stepped area.
Figure A - Rocker cover profile
To make this section, I started by making two cuts through the bottom flange and bottom of the cover where it kicks up behind the outer rocker panel to form an "L". The long part of the "L" should be bent so it slopes downwards to allow water to run out. The short side should be parallel to the bottom flange. The picture below shows this part cut and bent into the proper position.
After I made the cuts, the next step was to cut some small filler triangles to form the sides of the stepped area. That part was a royal pain since the pieces were so small but the next picture shows what is looks like after they were welded in place and some grinding was done.
It looks better in this picture that in real life but what I need to do is grind along the sides of the stepped area but I ran out of time to do this on Friday. I'll be use my die grinder since the areas left to grind are too small for my angle grinder. I'll probably have to use a little filler along the sides but since you have to crawl under the car to see them, I'm not going to worry about making them perfect.
The last thing I did was notch the bottom of the stepped area. The notch is roughly 1/16" deep.
Last Updated 04/25/04 05:39:30 PM