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Re: Brooke's 87 V10
« Reply #15 on: December 11, 2015, 08:45:23 PM »
i dont think you ever properly introduced yourselves. but welcome from maryland, i hope to have a couple projects with my kids also when they get older.
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Re: Brooke's 87 V10
« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2015, 10:04:44 PM »
Sorry about that. My name is Lance. We're from northcentral Wisconsin. Thank you all for the imformation on this site. I hope you get to wrench with your kids! We really enjoyed it for the most part, but every build has it's headache's. I had to walk away a few times. :o :-X
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Re: Brooke's 87 V10
« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2015, 10:14:21 PM »
Here is some of the fitting process. Some what overwhelming, figuring out how it all goes together and what to trim or bend to fit. This was when I found this site by searching for rocker panel repair. :D
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Re: Brooke's 87 V10
« Reply #18 on: December 12, 2015, 10:23:51 PM »
Great project and some quality time. Hope my daughter asks for a 73-87 someday. Regardless....
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Re: Brooke's 87 V10
« Reply #19 on: December 12, 2015, 10:32:55 PM »
HAHA helps if I add the pics!  Yes, I hope your daughter wants a square body too!!
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Re: Brooke's 87 V10
« Reply #20 on: December 12, 2015, 10:39:01 PM »
I'm getting quicker at this resizing thing. I had to shorten the inner rocker on the front piece and weld a piece on to the rear part, so it reached the back of the outer rocker properly. Don't throw away any scraps of trimmed panels til you're done. You can see the long part in the 3rd pic.
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Re: Brooke's 87 V10
« Reply #21 on: December 12, 2015, 11:03:04 PM »
Getting started on the inner rocker. The floor pan was flat, but seemed like it should bend where the front to rear cab brace is. Had to cut the slit so it would open as I bent it. Seems to run downhill to the side of the cab from the cab support, for water drainage?
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Re: Brooke's 87 V10
« Reply #22 on: December 13, 2015, 10:33:43 PM »
We put POR-15 every where we could before welding it shut. Used that door skin for a patch for the lower cowl.
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Re: Brooke's 87 V10
« Reply #23 on: December 13, 2015, 10:52:12 PM »
I've read about butt welding, forming a lip, and other methods. We decided to butt weld everything. We didn't want the lip underneath to hold calcium chloride and salt. When it's all ground flush it's hard to tell there was a repair also. 

Went and had lunch, then came back and welded the footwell panel in. Thought I was having trouble because it was vertical...... :o So I struggled with them all and went back to the floor and still couldn't weld. It welds so much better if you turn the gas back on!
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Re: Brooke's 87 V10
« Reply #24 on: December 13, 2015, 11:03:48 PM »
Don't let people tell you a big welder is necessary to get started. I started with flux core and converted to solid wire with gas. It welds easier and cleaner with the gas.
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Re: Brooke's 87 V10
« Reply #25 on: December 14, 2015, 12:53:05 PM »
 8) Happy to have the new floor in!
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Re: Brooke's 87 V10
« Reply #26 on: December 14, 2015, 01:01:07 PM »
It penetrated pretty good. I did weld some spots on the back side also.
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Re: Brooke's 87 V10
« Reply #27 on: December 14, 2015, 09:38:26 PM »
Cool project.  8)

You know while you have all of this other work going on it wouldn't be that much more work to go ahead and take the sun visor off and patch weld the holes shut. Jus sayin'  ;)
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Re: Brooke's 87 V10
« Reply #28 on: December 14, 2015, 09:58:53 PM »
Inner rocker. I cut the rocker along the line I drew, tapped the end in, and welded it back together. It made the panels match. The last photo is the piece I added and then trimmed to fit the lip on the outer rocker.
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Re: Brooke's 87 V10
« Reply #29 on: December 14, 2015, 10:07:53 PM »
Yeah, Brooke hates the visor. We were trying to get it together by her 16th birthday, so that didn't get done. We have to get a new radiator support, and repair the passenger side yet, so there will be time to do it then. Both doors are cheap and don't fit well. Does anybody make good doors or do we need to search for original GM doors? It will be awhile before she saves enough money for the other side. She wants to put on the shorty headers Vile uses, and a new dual exhaust next. We used the exhaust off our old suburban for now.
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