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Old 01 Feb 2017, 12:08 pm
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Well, my teenager and his friend on a motorcycle somehow ran into each other in a parking lot.....damage to driver quarter panel, both driverside doors, and the rocker panel. Neither moron was harmed.

The panel and doors are easy enough...He's just going to locate replacements in a salvage yard. The rocker panel is where we need some advice.

What's the best way to pull these dents out so they can be hammered back near shape? What's the best way to fix that big ole hole?

I figure once we have it near shape, we can apply bondo, sand, prime and paint the rocker back to normal...or near enough.
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Old 01 Feb 2017, 12:44 pm
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best way to do the rocker panel is cut and weld a section from a good car.
pulling the dents best to use a spot-welding slide hammer.
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Old 01 Feb 2017, 12:53 pm
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If you decide not to weld a replacement rocker panel, I would fiberglass it.
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Old 01 Feb 2017, 01:16 pm
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Ouch

So which one won, the PT or the bike
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You need to know that the rocket is not a straight line front to back. Rather a long curve like a boat. If you going to repair this you might want to make a cardboard template of the other side to guide you in the alinmentyof the metal. You he somebody with welding skills to help you on the hole.
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Old 01 Feb 2017, 04:26 pm
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You need to know that the rocket is not a straight line front to back. Rather a long curve like a boat. If you going to repair this you might want to make a cardboard template of the other side to guide you in the alinmentyof the metal. You he somebody with welding skills to help you on the hole.
Great. Thanks! I'll do that.
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If you have the skills and access to a welder, that would be what most people consider the "correct" repair. If you are talking about a backyard, low budget, DIY repair, fiberglass is a good, cheap and easy fix. When prepped right, it will last for a long time. Possibly longer then the Cruiser. There are some slide hammer dent pullers that you can purchase from places like Harbor Freight for cheap.

How ever you decide to fix it, good luck with the project and keep us posted. I am always interested/nosey in how things work out!
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Sorry which one won, the PT or the bike
I think it was declared a draw.

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best way to do the rocker panel is cut and weld a section from a good car.
pulling the dents best to use a spot-welding slide hammer.
Can you rent those or am I off to HF? I thought about cutting/welding in a new piece...would be best, but my welding skills are pretty poor.

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If you decide not to weld a replacement rocker panel, I would fiberglass it.
Yeah, I think this will be the way...
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Old 01 Feb 2017, 04:32 pm
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If you have the skills and access to a welder, that would be what most people consider the "correct" repair. If you are talking about a backyard, low budget, DIY repair, fiberglass is a good, cheap and easy fix. When prepped right, it will last for a long time. Possibly longer then the Cruiser. There are some slide hammer dent pullers that you can purchase from places like Harbor Freight for cheap.

How ever you decide to fix it, good luck with the project and keep us posted. I am always interested/nosey in how things work out!
Low budget, DIY is the way I'm leaning. I'll be sure and post back on our progress. Thanks for the input and help!
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Old 19 Feb 2017, 04:52 pm
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I'm progressing slowly...been out with a cold and haven't been able to do any work lately. I previously pulled the dents from the rocker panel with a screw and dent puller...I drilled about 1 million holes I think. I even got the tear in the metal bent back "close" to shape. I used Bondo short hair fiberglass over the rocker repairs and then covered that with regular bondo gold. It looks pretty good, but it wouldn't pass muster at a real body shop I'm sure.

A week or so ago, I found two perfect doors in the same paint code at the salvage yard! The pinstripe is the wrong color, but that's easy enough.

They also had a front fender that wasn't bent, but it wasn't the right color. I've sanded it down to metal.

In the next few days, provided I'm over my cold. I hope to start painting. I've never painted before. Don't laugh, I'm gonna do it with aerosol cans. I'm using a 2-part Spraymax primer, color-matched PPG in a can, and a 2-part Spraymax clearcoat.

I probably could have just done the fender and it would have been "close enough", but I just couldn't help myself and started taking down the clearcoat on the driver door so I could blend the fender and door. Do I have to remove all the clearcoat on the door or do I just rough it up and make it dull? I used a 3M ultra fine scotchbrite pad, but I'm not sure I've taken enough clear off...how do I know?
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