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Old 01-05-2007, 11:19 AM
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1957 chevy rocker

I need to replace a rocker panel on a 57 chevy 2 door post,it a factory type full rocker. The inner rocker is solid, do I need to brace the door jamb before I do it?


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It wouldn't hurt, and it is nice to have no surprises.
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I wouldn't think you would need to bother if just the outer rocker. I've cut out rusted rockers and made new piece out of sheetmetal and welded in on a unibody car, with nothing changing, door gaps still good, ect. Its considered a structural part on a unibody. That is a full frame car, plus you will still have the floors and inner rockers ect all holding things. Don't thinks its as much of a structural part on a full frame. But if you feel safer bracing it, don't think it would hurt. If you were cutting more then that out, I'd say brace it, but I personally don't think you will have a problem. But when you have several things to replace, it would be different. Many only replace one thing at a time, not the whole floor, inner outer rockers ect all together. I'd wait to hear from others who have done more of that, but my guess would be no.
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If you're just replacing the outer rocker panel you won't need to brace the body. Just don't remove the door while the rocker is missing.

A few guys on Chevy Talk have removed both outer rockers, both inner rockers, and the complete floor pan in their Classics. But they braced the inside of the car. And they left the body on the frame.
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