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Driver's Side Quarter & Rocker Panels
Part 13 - Rocker Rust -- Installing The Rocker Cover
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April 25, 2004
I've finally had some more time to work on this again and
it's really coming along now. As of yesterday morning, the new section of
rocker cover is mostly welded in place (I still have a bunch of plug welds
left). I'm getting a little ahead of myself, however...
On my last update, I mentioned that I needed to finish up
the drain thingy in the cover. That's done and I ended up using JB Weld to
seal everything up.
One of the other things left to do before welding the cover
on was to un-roll the bottom of the quarter panel. The part I rolled back on
itself is pretty rough but as you can see below, looks okay.
I also did a final test fit of the cover after I was
finished. The gap between the rocker cover and quarter panel turned out very
nice. A little bit of filler and it'll look okay. Actually, I'm probably
going to replace that part of the quarter panel anyway so it's not much of a
Once the last of the pre-welding things were done, I started
by tacking in the front of the cover.
There was a slight mismatch in the shape that was likely due
to all of the other cutting and fitting done to both the car and the
replacement cover. What I did was tack the top part (the part that's
physically under the door) and then alternate between gently prying the
cover out and pushing it in as needed. For the plug welds on the bottom
flange, I ended up having to hammer on both the cover and inner rocker panel
to close the gaps. Then end result is that the old and new covers are at the
Once the front was tacked in place, I moved on to the rear.
After it was tacked in, I got out the measuring tools and a
straight edge and rechecked everything. All was well so I then started final
In the above picture, it looks complete but I ran out of gas
for the MIG welder before I finished up the plug welds that hold the cover
to the inner and outer rocker panels. My short trip to get more gas (I
finally bit the bullet and bought a much larger tank so I'm not always
running out) turned into stopping at my parents house since I was in the
area which turned into fixing another broken deck support tab on my
grandpa's Cub Cadet (nice lawn tractor, bad deck support design) which
required a separate trip to the store to pick up a spool of .030" wire so I
didn't get it finished this weekend.
Up Next: Part 14 - Rocker
Rust -- Grinding and Welding
05/01/04 10:28:41 PM