Submitted by bill on Sat, 01/11/2020 - 01:58

Rocker Panel bracket fabrication and repair

General body work leading to another trouble area at the front of the driver's quarter panel by the door. This area apparently took a minor hit when the PO had the rear fender-bender. Lots of rust around the inside rocker panel bracket support, etc.

 

patch area

 

patch door

 

patch bracket

 

More patch work and more stuff to fab - may just try to patch the rocker panel bracket.

more rust

 

more rust 2

 

original flange

 

"A" below shows the passenger side bracket where it's lived bolted and welded to the tub.

pass before

 

bracket drawing

 

patch inside

 

patch fit

 

rough tacks

 

Hacksaw/hammer/vise/file 16 GA replacement brackets for inside the rocker panel. Kicked around patching the old brackets but they were pretty toasted and I don't have a sand blaster, etc.

 

homemade

 

Rocker bracket going back in with original nut/bolt.

bracket in

 

Looking at the passenger-side rocker and I think I've decided to pull the running board steps (or whatever they're called) and clean everything up as much as possible. Everything seems in pretty good shape but I can feel lumps of rust swelling the bracket areas. 

 

passenger rocker

 

inside bracket

 

under running

 

More details ... can almost make out the swelling rust/bracket areas (green circles).

detail 1

front rocker

front inside

 

Way better than the driver's side was, but this rust is already eating it's way up into the rocker. Would no doubt have worked it's way out through any new paint in a few years...

bracket off

bracket off 1

 

 

 

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