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Wayne C.
Posted 2010-10-29 5:31 PM (#247524)
Subject: Inner Rocker Panels



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Those of you that have replaced the inner rocker panels on your 57-59 dodge or desoto can you advise me where to go to get information on how to do this job. I have done quite a bit of body work on my on cars over the years, but I have never tackled a project like the inner rockers. Any help, direction you can provide will be appreciated.

Wayne
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finsruskw
Posted 2010-10-29 8:12 PM (#247543 - in reply to #247524)
Subject: RE: Inner Rocker Panels



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Wayne,

I'ts basicly just a piece of flat sheet with opposing 90 degree bends.
The trick is , they taper from front to rear. I did my driver side on the C but only the length of the door
while I had the outer rocker off and while replacing the P/S pans and surrounding metal.
The seat pan braces/gussets then weld to it as well as the renforcements that run crossways and under the hump.
I took some pic's I'll look through them and see if any show the inner panel repair.

Dave S.
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59 in Calif
Posted 2010-10-29 9:37 PM (#247559 - in reply to #247524)
Subject: RE: Inner Rocker Panels


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Wayne, take some measurements, go to your local fab shop and have him make em' up for you. Use 18 ga replacement metal. Cut it loose from the outer rocker at that bottom lip. Becareful with it because you have to weld it back together there, assuming the outer rocker is good. Cut the floor pan loose from the horizontal section as it sets on that lip. Then cut the vertical section out that is welded to the inside window panel (assuming the car is a 2 dr). Look for the spot welds, that is what you want to cut or drill out. The rest of it will follow as you loosen it This is not as easy as it sounds, but not rocket science either. Go slowly and try not to destroy anything you don't have to replace. And paint the insides before reassembly, as it can't be done later. Good Luck! Jerry
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Finadk
Posted 2010-10-29 10:51 PM (#247564 - in reply to #247559)
Subject: RE: Inner Rocker Panels


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Here are some pictures of how mine were done. The old spot welds were drilled out and whatever was left removed. Measurements were taken from what was left of the old part and copied for reference. I did not do this myself but managed to take a bunch of pics along the way.

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Wayne C.
Posted 2010-10-30 6:39 AM (#247594 - in reply to #247524)
Subject: RE: Inner Rocker Panels



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Thanks everyone for your help. The pictures help a lot. I will be replacing the outer rockers and the lower rear quarter panel as they are all rotted out. Again, Thanks


Wayne
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59 in Calif
Posted 2010-10-30 10:44 AM (#247614 - in reply to #247564)
Subject: RE: Inner Rocker Panels


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That is some nice sheet metal work. Luckily, I didn't have to replace door sills. Don't forget to paint the insides. Jerry
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Finadk
Posted 2010-10-31 11:24 AM (#247734 - in reply to #247524)
Subject: RE: Inner Rocker Panels


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Here is a shot of the inner rockers. And yes the inside was painted with a an epoxy paint using a long undercoating wand inserted int to cavity after it was all welded together.

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dodge59
Posted 2019-11-11 11:25 AM (#590018 - in reply to #247524)
Subject: Re: Inner Rocker Panels



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nice pics . very helpful. that is the next issue on my 59 dodge to do .
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