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06-12-2012 09:39 PM
John long Congratulations. By the way, You are going to be busy for a while.

John L
06-12-2012 09:10 PM
54Rat210 Ill post pics soon. Just had a baby girl. Been kinda busy
06-10-2012 07:20 AM
deadbodyman Me too,The only thing I like more than doing this kind of work is watching someone doing it...
06-03-2012 09:29 PM
John long I would love to see some pics too. It has been great to watch Mikes car coming together. Look forward to seeing yours progressing also.

John L
06-03-2012 04:48 AM
deadbodyman Sounds like your making a lot of progress, post some pics.it's an interesting job.
06-02-2012 08:29 PM
54Rat210 I'm pretty sure I'm using 3/4th conduit. I spoke with a buddy of mine who restores classic cars and he basically told me exactly when u said. So far I got the inner rocker in and floor one rear floor board completed. its been going pretty smoothly. Nice photos. My cars rockers looked identical to the ones in your photos...gone! Lol sorry for the delay in response I been rather busy the past could weeks.
05-06-2012 07:54 AM
deadbodyman and a few more still,I got a ton of em
05-06-2012 07:34 AM
deadbodyman Heres a few more
05-06-2012 07:28 AM
deadbodyman fitting the doors first is most important..the body might be sagging so if the gaps at the bottom get wider and cant be adjusted out you'll have to lift the body up or pull the gaps together with a come along..once you have the gaps right weld youe supports on the inside of the car so you can leave the doors on and open and close them while your doing the rockers checking the gaps for any changes throughout the job...
One of the things that'll through you off is those rotted out rubber body mounts theres a couple ways to elimanate this from becoming an issue..you can replace them first or replace them all with some with some dummies made with plywood and a hole saw they'll hold the car up evenly all the way around as long as the frame outriggers are intact....Heres a few old pics of how I did mine and what was involved...
BTW I started out using 1/2 x 1/2 square tube but found 3/4" electrical conduit worked well also and plenty strong enough since the forces excerted on it will be trying to streach it or push it ( like a drinking straw is very easy to bend but try to pull it apart or crush it by pushing the ends and its much much stronger ...The nice thing about using conduit is you can flatten the ends and use 1/2 drill screws to hold it all together (no welding)
05-02-2012 11:17 PM
MARTINSR Trail fit the doors, don't cheap out or you could be very sorry.

Brian
05-02-2012 11:13 PM
54Rat210 Didn't need the cinder blocks. I figured the rockers were so destroyed that if any damage was done its already done. There was almost no rocker panel. Completely rusted and packed with old *** bondo. I took a look everything is still lining up. Tacked up the inner rocker and part of the back floor pan. No problems.
05-02-2012 10:32 PM
MARTINSR No problem, but I still would like to see you toss those cinder blocks out in the garden to make a garden boarder or something and use wood blocks for your car.

Brian
05-02-2012 04:44 PM
54Rat210 Thanks for all your advise Brian.
04-30-2012 12:43 PM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by 54Rat210
I do have some cinder blocks I can use under the pillars just in case.
Cinder blocks are not made to hold much weight. You want to put them like this photo and then put a 2x6 or 2x8 piece of wood over the top so the weight gets distributed evenly. Setting a rocker pinch weld on one is sure to split it wide open.

Brian

04-30-2012 12:29 PM
MARTINSR Yep, 18 gauge mild steel is all you need. That will be thick enough for some strength and thin enough to be able to bend it. But there is some serious forming needed for that floor so be ready for some work.

And without a shadow of a doubt you need to do those rockers first if you are making the floor. You need all that stuff solid and straight, then you make the floor fit the structure.

Brian
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