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floor board/ rocker panel question

Post by E-racer » Thu Oct 30th, 2008 2:47

There's a '49 2-door sedan locally for sale that's a great car other than the
floor and rocker panels are gone. Pricing the sheetmetal online to repair
these areas is at or over $1000. I'm in love with the car but these repairs put
it in the "basket case" senerio. Is there a cheaper solution to fix these areas?

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Re: floor board/ rocker panel question

Post by Specialdeluxe » Thu Oct 30th, 2008 11:14

E-racer wrote:There's a '49 2-door sedan locally for sale that's a great car other than the
floor and rocker panels are gone. Pricing the sheetmetal online to repair
these areas is at or over $1000. I'm in love with the car but these repairs put
it in the "basket case" senerio. Is there a cheaper solution to fix these areas?

Check Ebay seller classicparts4u. I bought inner and outer rocker panels from them and it was around $100 for my 4dr. They also have all of the floor sections for around $60 a section. That's the route I'm planning on taking.

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Floor rot

Post by p18plywood » Thu Oct 30th, 2008 8:54

There are three areas of concern with the Plymouth car floors, the rockers, the floor pan and the support frames under it. If the frames as well as the pan and rockers are rusted through, you may be looking at a parts car. Rot in my California woodie pan was modest compared to most, but still required some serious work. It was in the usual spots, the bottom of the front door pillars, the rockers, toe board, body mounting pockets,and the front seat mounting points. My soloution was to get a parts car with a good pan and cut out sections to graft into mine. In a few spots I had to hammer out new pieces from scratch. You will need a Sawsall, grinder, small grinder with cutoff wheel, and a gas or Mig welder. I kept a record of the time and work that was done and I could add it up, but off the top of my head I guess I spent at least 100 hundred hours on sheet metal work. Take your time. You have all winter. When it's done, paint the crap out of it and seal EVERY seam with seam compound!
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Post by E-racer » Wed Nov 5th, 2008 12:59

Thanks for the help! I was going to go back and crawl underneath to make sure the floor braces were good but it sold. Found a '51 with no rot, not
as cool as a '49 though.




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Post by Specialdeluxe » Sat Dec 13th, 2008 1:01

E-racer wrote:Thanks for the help! I was going to go back and crawl underneath to make sure the floor braces were good but it sold. Found a '51 with no rot, not
as cool as a '49 though.
Did you end up getting the '49?
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Re: floor board/ rocker panel question

Post by p18plywood » Sun Dec 14th, 2008 8:09

That 51 isn't all that bad, and a sunvisor to boot! You're off to a better start with this one if it doesn't have any rot. You can use the money you saved on rot repair for paint, interior or engine work.
Best of luck,
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