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Old 30 May 2013, 04:59 pm
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Default Lets talk rocker panels.

So I decided 5 minutes ago to tackle the hole in my rocker.

Got out my dremel *to grind* and a bucket of bond-o.

Then something bad happened. I noticed I did not just have a hole in my rocker. But 70% of the underside of the rocker is rotted out. Only thing holding her up is the paint.

Question is.........how hard are they to replace on the PT's? The entire rocker i believe, from wheelwell to wheelwell

Also, where is a good place to buy a new rocker, passenger side :/ I saw 8 golfball sized holes when i got under there and started tapping with a hammer.
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Old 30 May 2013, 09:32 pm
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You're reminding me of the nightmares that plagued my neon Rockers arn't easy. You need to get replacement panels or have some custom fab'd. The entire panel must be removed. Once its out rust proof the heck out of the inside (I use POR-15). Then the new panel has to be welded in place then all the body work that follows. Its a big task to take on if you do it at home. Best to find a local bodyshop that can give you a good deal.

There was a member on this forum that had his replaced and they came out well. I'll try to find the thread for ya
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Old 30 May 2013, 09:35 pm
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Rocker panel rust
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Those panels are poorly made and these were installed over the rust. our panels are curved in both directions. One is obvious the other is in the length of the car they are bowed. Its one long genital curve. I discovered this while repairing mine on the project. I also repaired some rust on it too. I can say using bondo in a rust hole is like washing it with salt water. Your are just adding to the problem. If going the filler rout us a fiberglass based filler that doesn't allow moisture to penetrate the filler. Smooth up final finishing with the bondo over that filler.
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QUOTE=Busted_PT;479288]Those panels are poorly made and these were installed over the rust. our panels are curved in both directions. One is obvious the other is in the length of the car they are bowed. Its one long genital curve. I discovered this while repairing mine on the project. I also repaired some rust on it too. I can say using bondo in a rust hole is like washing it with salt water. Your are just adding to the problem. If going the filler rout us a fiberglass based filler that doesn't allow moisture to penetrate the filler. Smooth up final finishing with the bondo over that filler. [/QUOTE]
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Old 31 May 2013, 08:54 am
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Try Sherman 800-345-9487... replacement rockers @$45 ea.

Look at this as an excuse to buy a welder if you don't already have one.
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Old 31 May 2013, 09:54 am
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a air grinder is great for removing the old ones be nice to have a flange tool but most people dont have that tool just go slow and make sure you get as much rust out as you can
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Try Sherman 800-345-9487... replacement rockers @$45 ea.

Look at this as an excuse to buy a welder if you don't already have one.
These panels are the ones I was talking about. They are poorly shaped. You are as well off making your own patches. But if the object is to just get rid of the holes then that might work for you.
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Old 31 May 2013, 04:04 pm
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Carl: :-D I made my own welder out of 2 Microwave Transformers :-D works great. haha

Cruiser: Sadly I have a dremel and about 8,000 Cutting disks.....it will take a few hours to remove the old one :-p

Busted: I dont mind paying $200 or so for some form fitting rockers. Body shop here wants $1,100 to replace mine :/ So im going to attempt this myself. And if i screw it up, ill drop $1,100 to have them fix it lmao
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How about some pictures?
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