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Driver's Side Quarter & Rocker Panels
Part 15 - Rocker Rust -- Nice Brass!
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May 8, 2004
Two days ago, I got out the torch and brazed the quarter
panel back to the rocker cover. As you can see in the picture below. I
needed to use quite a bit of filler rod (which, by the way, is made of
brass, hence, this page's title). I thought it turned out pretty well but
when I looked at it yesterday, I decided to do a little more smoothing. I
didn't get a good shot of the second round of work today but it does look a
little nicer. Luckily, the factory brazing looked pretty bad here as well so
I don't feel too bad. I also brazed the quarter further down on this area
where the end of the quarter panel tucks under the rocker cover.
After I finished with the brazing work, I started stripping
the rest of the rocker cover. When I fixed the cowl, I didn't strip the
entire thing so all of the existing runs in the spray paint showed through.
I didn't want to repeat that mistake here.
I also ended up having to remove the front door. After the
fiasco with the striker on the
rear door, I was a little hesitant to do this but as it turned out, the
biggest problem I had was how to hold the door up and remove the screws at
the same time (a floor jack a block of wood was the solution there).
After I finished stripping the paint (that factory paint is
tough stuff!), I cleaned everything up and shot a heavy coat of primer [out
of a spray can] to prevent flash rust. Here's what it looked like after the
primer was applied:
Up Next: Part 16 - Rocker
Rust -- Filler
05/13/04 08:41:09 PM