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Author:  ronwaters [ Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:23 pm ]
Post subject:  1955 Desoto Rocker Panels

Over the weekend, I removed the rocker moulding from my 55 Fireflite 2dr. Found a large quantity of swiss cheese (rustout) underneath.

Does anyone have a good source for rocker panels or is someone in the club making them ?

Ron

Author:  TimBowers [ Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 1955 Desoto Rocker Panels

Unfortunately the available reproduction rocker panels that I am aware of are of poor quality and only address the easiest part of the rocker panel to fabricate. The tricky part is repairing the area under the door pillar and hidden under the quarter panel skin.

If all you need to do is the area outside and under the door, then the reproductions available might be a good place to start from .

Author:  ronwaters [ Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:08 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 1955 Desoto Rocker Panels

Thanks Tim.

Fortunately, I just have to repair the visible area on the passenger side. As long as they have the correct 'gentle' curve and lap over the top and underneath a bit, I can likely make them work.

Can you point me in the direction of who sells them ?

Ron

Author:  TimBowers [ Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:31 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 1955 Desoto Rocker Panels

I'm not aware of any that have the correct general curve.

Author:  SteveMcManus [ Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 1955 Desoto Rocker Panels

This is my experience with the rockers. It may or may not help. I'm sure Tim does better work, but this is how I did it.

http://www.duricy.com/~desoto/degarage/ ... art2.shtml

Good luck
Steve

Author:  TimBowers [ Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 1955 Desoto Rocker Panels

That's pretty dang good, Steve. It's a pain in the butt to try to do it well, since the original build of the car is on top of the rockers and the forward area under the door pillar and the rear of the rocker under the quarter is hidden by what is built on top of it.

Oh, to be working on Chevys and Mustangs where you can buy whatever you want from any number of vendors......

Author:  FredRoman [ Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:24 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 1955 Desoto Rocker Panels

eBay has outer repair panels for about $75.00 for a pair. Not sure about quality but probably better than nothing. Worth a look anyway.

"It's delightful, it's delovely, it's DeSoto"

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