I will put up a members ride thread soon once I start working on it, but for now I'd like to hear some opinions on the rust and get a bit of information. Here are some photos. You can click on the photo to see a larger one.
Frame Rail - Drivers Front
Frame Rail - Drivers Engine Bay
Frame Rail - Passenger Front
Frame Rail - Passenger Engine Bay
If you'd like to see any other areas, just let me know and I'll take more photos. But apart from a few small spots, frame rails look pretty good. The majority of the rust is around the rockers. Opinions on the fix-ability of this? Anyone done something similar?
How much structural integrity is in the rockers? As you can see in the photos, most of the rocker is completely gone as well part of the floor next to the rocker (you can actually see the carpet through the holes), so I'm going to have to fabricate that entire area. Would it be fine to just cut out and replace the floor section, and then weld on a new rocker directly to the new floor, or should I attempt to recreate the pinch weld? And is there any support/cross sections I should be putting inside the rocker so there's enough support for a jack.
The sections I'm most concerned about is the support that connects the frame rail to the rocker at the front. What gauge of steel should I use there? I'm thinking 20 for the rockers and floor. And I know this is a long shot, but is there anywhere that sells body panels for these? The floor shouldn't be much of a hassle to fix, but the idea of fabricating a new rocker panel doesn't sound very fun.
Thanks for any help ^^ I'm really hoping I can fix this up and give it many more years. I have plans to move out of the salt belt within the year or so to somewhere in the midwest. So if I can fix it's current rust abuse, it should last.
Here's the car itself.
Edited by Coyote Paws, 10 May 2013 - 08:56 PM.