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Old 01 Nov 2015, 04:24 pm
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Default Do rocker panels need drain holes?

I just cut and welded new rockers onto my PT this last month, and was wondering if they need drain holes to prevent water buildup inside them?

The rockers I installed were coated with Fluid Film before installation, as was the entire inner assembly behind the rocker covers.

The inner structure had quite a bit of rust and I was able to use phosphoric acid to neutralize it, then sprayed it all with fluid film, then welded on the rocker, then sealed the weld seams. Where the welds were facing the exterior I just used body putty to smooth the minor pinholes and painted. Underneath the rockers have no chip and seal sealant/paint.

Where would a drain hole be made if one was required? The inner structure by the rear wheel well was replaced as well on each side.

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Old 01 Nov 2015, 05:57 pm
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Nice job, man. I can't answer your question, but admire your work.
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Old 01 Nov 2015, 06:00 pm
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Nice job, man. I can't answer your question, but admire your work.
I plan to post a different thread once its 100% (still got some door alignment to finalize).

Then I'll show full time lapse images from 0 to 100 percent completion.

Part of me is tempted to try to pull a Porsche and route the heating ducts into the rockers/doors.
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Old 01 Nov 2015, 10:58 pm
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Yeah, I recently replaced both driver side doors on my PT and STILL don't have them properly adjusted. I have to slam them slightly to get them shut and don't like doing that. I have a part time neighbor that used to own a paint and body shop, so the next time I see him, I'm going to ask him if he can show me how to properly adjust them. I've tried all the crap I can think of.
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If these were factory rockers. They have drain holes. They need to breath as much as drain.
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If these were factory rockers. They have drain holes. They need to breath as much as drain.
They are factory rockers and were cut from a 03' PT Cruiser in West Virginia.

However, given my rust prevention efforts I'm unsure if I may have inadvertently sealed some area I shouldn't have.

That's why I ask. :/
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Can't you just compare them to the ones on the passenger side of the car?
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They are factory rockers and were cut from a 03' PT Cruiser in West Virginia.

However, given my rust prevention efforts I'm unsure if I may have inadvertently sealed some area I shouldn't have.

That's why I ask. :/
there are some humps along the welding flange on the bottom. Poke a straw or don't him up through these to see if there open. If you drill holes in the bottom of the rocker you will allow water and dirt to be thrown or splashed into the holes. The factory ones are designed not to. I'm assuming you drilled the spot welds and filled them back in in install of the replacement? If so you should still have these weap holes in the flange. Every were you see a bumped out spot on that edge. Just use something small to see if it's open. where and how much did these cost?
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Old 02 Nov 2015, 01:42 pm
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This is what I find on the rocker panels on my PT that looks like a drain hole, looks more like a slot, there are 3 on each side.

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This is what I find on the rocker panels on my PT that looks like a drain hole, looks more like a slot, there are 3 on each side.

That is them on this application. Sometimes they are rounded on most cars. So in this case. Just slid a peace of then plastic or something that won't scratch it up and leave bare metal to rust again.
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