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post #51 of 937 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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after a little grinding it was in solid.



shot from up top



Then all that was left was patiching the hole in the outer skin. Sorry for the flash ****ing up the picture.



actually you can see the spot that I will replace better in this pic.



Overall these rockers are a ****in bitch. Im just glad I got thru this one. Now I just have to repeat the same on the otherside.

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post #52 of 937 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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heres from the inside. Im no proffessional welder so dont rag on my welds too bad , good thing about it is I can clean up everything real nice.



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post #53 of 937 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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drivers rocker started today, no cool pics to show really.





4 door to the rescue one mo gin.



here it is ready to live life as a 2 door rocker from now on.



out with the old.



Before I can put it in, I have to spend a few hours clearing out the old rocker. This one I have to do a little different because the back side was pretty rusted out from front to rear.



heres a pic with no flash so you can see how bad it is back in the rear corner.

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post #54 of 937 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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heres a shot of the back of the rocker after I cut out the rusted back section.



without the flash..



preparing for the rocker to go in..





its almost that time..



heres after a little quick test fit. I still have to grind some more to make it fit perfect before I clamp it in and start welding. I called it quits because I ran out of thin cut off wheels. I'll post more pics after tomorrow.

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post #55 of 937 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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here I'll post some more why not.







replaced the inner rear section of drivers side the rocker first.



this was the new piece I used and cut down to fit.



first some POR 15





installed.





note, I weld an inner brace from 1x3 thick square tubing to keep the rockers from flexing once they are all back together. The convertibles have an inner piece inside them that cant be duplicated, (atleast I cant) so this is a bit stout but it works bad ***.

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post #56 of 937 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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next I had to convert these bact to 2 door rockers. I did it while the rocker was of the car this time. It was easier.





the section I will weld in is off the original rockers.





Heres the finished product about to get welded in.



the front welded in



rear not welded, I had to cut them open to weld the support brace I added.

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post #57 of 937 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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drill out the factory spot welds and pop that rocker right open.



that way I could get to the new inner brace I welded in.





almost done with this side.

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Heres the drivers door. Its actually a 62 door but basically the same once I weld up the trim holes.



inners finished



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The door lines up good with the rocker.



also finished that hole on the passenger side rocker yesterday.

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post #60 of 937 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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started to fit the new floor pans.



But not happy at all how they fit where they meet the firewall floor. Theres a huge gap that I will have to modify.

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this is the gap I was reffering to on the front of the floors.

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post #62 of 937 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Had to cut out the far rear floors but I just ordered those from David's Impala Parts. These need to go in first before the front floors.



but tomorrow I will finish this piece in the wiper cowl.

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Talking about bring a car back from the dead. That should be an inspiration to all. Keep up the good work.



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Wow! Nice work. I wish I was that motivated.
Thanks for posting, helps get me off my arse.
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I am really impressed!!! You are doing a great job, thanks for taking time to share with the rest of us
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I am really impressed!!! You are doing a great job, thanks for taking time to share with the rest of us
you got it.

It was cold the other night so I had to kick on the burner.




it was cold as **** yesterday but got some stuff done. 62 doors welded up the old trim holes.



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also welded up the cowl area that was cut open.

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rolled the car out today to sweep and clean up my shop so the car got its first sunlight in 6 months.





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more pics I took today.







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probably the last pics you will see before it gets blasted.

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All I know to say is WOW!!
What ambition and determination! I am very impressed!
Hey, I live in your neck of the woods, in Sherman, TX
I would very much like to meet you and see your project up close
and in person. Maybe some of your ambition would rub off on me.
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All I know to say is WOW!!
What ambition and determination! I am very impressed!
Hey, I live in your neck of the woods, in Sherman, TX
I would very much like to meet you and see your project up close
and in person. Maybe some of your ambition would rub off on me.
Yeah we are practically neighbors. You ever make it out to the pate swap meet or Cashman field in Ft Worth?

You have any 61 parts for sale Im looking for a couple things.
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My buddy david in North Carolina just picked him up a major project. Hes going to start building his soon. Good luck to him.







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