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Going to tear into my rockers, first time doing body work

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by SharpBlades, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. SharpBlades

    SharpBlades Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    The rockers on my 01 two wheel peel have seen much better days.

    I picked up the replacements from keystone yesterday, and I'm feeling the urge to get started.

    Any pointers before I get too far?

    I'll try to take pictures along the way. :)
     
  2. mpriester

    mpriester Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    Take your time and don't use pop rivets. It's a easy job when done right. Keep a pail of water and a wet rag handy so as to cool your welds to avoid warpage. don't try to weld a complete seam at once do it in short runs. You may already know this but i threw it in anyway.I am a body man by trade just incase your wondering and the reason i don't do it anymore is i absolutely hate doing it unless i have to on my own vehicles. I'll help anyway i can. Good Luck
     
  3. SharpBlades

    SharpBlades Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    Thank you for the advice. How hard are the inner rockers to do? I thought I might be able to get away without doing them, but it looks like I will probably have to at least do the right side
     
  4. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Rust is always deeper in the panel than it looks from the outside, really sucks.

    Only thing I'll add is coat the inside of the panel with Por15 or something similar to seal the inner panel, or you'll be doing it again in no time.
     
  5. SharpBlades

    SharpBlades Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    I was planning on fluid film... Por 15 is so darn expensive
     
  6. mpriester

    mpriester Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    fluid film will work well, just apply it after it is installed.
     
  7. Plow Nuts

    Plow Nuts Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    Just finished this job. Cut off the outer, the separate the inner at the spot welds , replace the inner and coat liberally with rust killer not fluid film. Cut and fitment is tedious. Good luck.
     
  8. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    $50 a quart to make this a 1 time deal or fluid film and have them rust out again a few years down the toad $$$
     
  9. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    get a nice spot weld cutter it will make removing the old one a lot easier. also CLAMPS they help getting it all in place and to stay there i also use one about every 6-8 inches. when welding use the correct setting and only tack weld or it will just melt the metal and make a lot of holes which makes a pain in the ass for you. TAKE YOUR TIME
     
  10. SharpBlades

    SharpBlades Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    I got all the spot welds cut on both sides, and the right side outer rocker off yesterday.

    don't be too harsh with the criticism, like I said this is my first time, but how does it look so far? :dizzy:

    right side rocker.jpg

    rocker off.jpg
     
  11. SharpBlades

    SharpBlades Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    the left side was much more rusted... a nice hole just big enough to fit a couple fingers through.

    left side rocker rot.jpg
     
  12. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    Not trying to steal the thread, but does anyone know why that body style is rusting like that so early?? Man, if you remember the OBS (pre '99) they seem to rust a lot less. I still consider a 2000 to be a NEW vehicle, doesn't seem like that long ago. Also, any good fixes on the bottoms of the doors? I FF my new (03) Tahoe, and the passenger side is worse than the drivers side, but I dont really want to pay for skins if I dont have too. they still look good on the outside, but it will only be a year or so and it will come through... Maybe Ill buy stock in FF:nod:
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2012
  13. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    not to bad, just make sure to get rid of all the rust on the inner rocker
     
  14. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    I would rust doctor the crap out of it.
     
  15. mpriester

    mpriester Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    you might want to replace that section of floor thats rusted bad since you will have the rocker off.
     
  16. gmcdan

    gmcdan Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    I did one side last year still have to do the other . when i did mine i bought 2 rockers cause they are cheap 30.00 each , i trimmed one of them and fit it inside the other one to double it up , welded them together with spot welds then used seam sealer , then coated the back with that fiberglass bondo to really seal it up . turned out ok for what the truck is, im not a painter so used oil based implement paint . i hate rust but dont care about perfect paint .

    body 1 - Copy.JPG
     
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2012
  17. gmcdan

    gmcdan Senior Member
    Messages: 107

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  18. gmcdan

    gmcdan Senior Member
    Messages: 107

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  19. gmcdan

    gmcdan Senior Member
    Messages: 107

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  20. mn-bob

    mn-bob Senior Member
    Messages: 133

    GMCDAN Thanks for the pictures real nice job .!ussmileyflag