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rocker panels for 35 chevy standard

I need help with fabricating rocker panels for my 35 Chevy 4 door standard. Does anyone have any information or ideas that can help me with this?

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are they straight or curved?? makes a difference in the fab method

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FAB time ?

I don't know if anyone makes the pieces you need. I took the street rod Panel fab class at UVU a few years ago and one of the guys rebuilt the floor, rockers etc on a 36 olds 4 door . the college had all the sheetmetal tools 2 shears , 3 brakes , pulmax , merchant shrinler, planishing hammers with dies to almost do what a pulmax can do. Check out ( google ) " chris davenport aluminum 40 willys" to see what some of the students were making.
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answer to question

I tried to upload a pic for you to look at but I was unable to. The rocker panels are straight along the door frame but then curls up under the car and the door sits on the curl. I don't know if this is answering your question, I hope so. If this doesn't help please explain further on what you mean by straight or curved.
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If the rockers are straight then you can bend some angles out of 18 gauge and weld them together to make a new rocker. if they are curved then it is a bit more work to make a curved outer rocker to match the countour of the car..

cut a section out of the middle of the old rocker to see how it is made..

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you can use a brake to make your bends, screw it in while the old rocker is in place, and then form it to your rocker with a porto power and 2x4. Make sure you make your bend on the bottom(flange). You can do that when it's almost all the way formed with your porto power and mark it then or measure first. Once you're done forming it you can then cut out your rocker.

Use a wire or long paper clip to get a template of your rocker it especially helps with the brake bends.

I learned this from a guy on youtube. His account got shut down but I'll message him to join the site and post up the video.

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you also make two wire templates and the extra one is to just straighten it to know how much sheet metal you need. I asked him to upload the videos again and he said he will. I'll post them as soon as he does.
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Got any pictures? What are you shooting for, a full on 100 point resto or something that looks ok. I have seen some pretty poor rocker work that looked great until you put it on a hoist. Most of my metal work is done without any fancy equipment. Often I will make a template of the curve I need and scrounge old junk cars for a donor. Other methods I use are pie cutting and hammer welding to bring the metal into compliance. I use angle iron in a vice for shorter breaks and just have the metal vendor break longer pieces. Another trick I used when I made the front panel in my rpu bed was to mark out the line and use a cutoff wheel to make a small slot about every 6 inches where I wanted the break. Then you can weld/grind the slots after you have made the bend.
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Here's one of the videos. He has more on this but this is the only one he has reloaded up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cYS_UTMqtI

Enjoy, and always remember...keep your mind open to everybody out there. when you stop learning you become useless and a stubborn goat. there's hundreds of people out there who I may not agree with on everything they do but if I treat them fairly and give them a chance to display what they got I notice there's a tid bit here and there to take from everybody and at the end of the day my bag will be full of gems. As my mentor once said...take the best and discard the rest and that will form your procedures. So as many have said me going to a body school is stupid, it has made me wiser in knowing industry standard and to distinguish from the good and bad without thinking the majority of my teachings is the only way.
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Here's part two he uploaded.

btw, I left that quote above cause hpr is a production guy and I could imagine guys not wanting to listen to what he's saying cause of his background, but the truth is his videos on forming a rocker in my opinion are very creative and the guy is a very cool and stand up person. I guess I'm a little defensive due to the attitudes I dealt with from another website. Anyways, he has part 1-7 up and it's quite the gem in my opinion. If you have accounts please subscribe to him. He makes A LOT of videos and helps out a lot of guys. Cheers!

part two

http://youtu.be/rLLGX0PFe20

part three

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z-zQVosM9w

part four

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OczyJGZ0n20

part five

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ICYCTjEPRQ

part six

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk0blBz5dBk

part seven

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxWbV4E6BP0
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