Check your rocker panel drain holes!

Discussion in 'E9 Projects and Restorations' started by Stevehose, May 27, 2017.

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    This is a fascinating post. Have to say I wish it could just stay in the forum rather than Tapatalk which I find clunky. Also I know this post is very old but still very worthwhile.


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    It's not that old a thread, my car is still on blocks with all the side projects this has launched :D Easy to take things apart, VERY time consuming getting things back on correctly. Hats off to those who have reassembled their cars after paint etc.

     
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    You can uninstall Tapatalk. I'm not a fan and I use the forum on my phone 90% of the time.
     
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    I misread the dates......
     
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    After a month on blocks the water intrusion remidiation project is finished and the car hit the streets, a drain cleaning project turned into a slippery slope of additional ones:

    Removed old tar insulation on floors, etched any bare metal, treated with por-15, cavity waxed, installed new dynamat.
    Etched and cavity waxed inside the rockers, rocker drains, and frame rails.
    Sent Europa stereo to Becker Autosound for cleanup/rebuild.
    Relocated Becker amp box to better location in passenger footwell.
    Repaired passenger footwell foam.
    Touched up seats with Leatherique dye.
    Shampooed all carpets.
    Cleaned, greased, and aligned front window tracks, repacked gear boxes, new stop buffers.
    Disassembled and regreased both rear window tracks, new stop buffers.
    Cut and installed new front and rear window vapor barriers.
    Removed the 3 front grilles and cleaned them and area behind.
    Tidied up interior wiring running from engine compartment and stereo to rear seat amp and window relays.
    Trimmed drive shaft to fit flush to tranny flange (needed washers before), new nose bushing and realigned center bearing.
    Sealed all exhaust joints with paste and fabricated new hangers.
    Cleaned up fuel pump wiring.
    Cleaned and repainted rocker covers.
    Cleaned under carriage.
    Detailed inside and out.

    Finally good to go!

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    One thing always leads to another with our coupes.
     
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    good deal Steve ... glad she's back on the road in style.
     
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    I'm interested to know how you etched and cavity waxed inside the rockers. I have some extra access at the moment due to typical rust hole in front of rear wheels. Not super bad but I'd love to stop any further corrosion before I repair. I've got Phosphoric acid for etching but for best results you should remove any loose scaling and it is supposed to be sprayed on and then rinsed off. Both those steps seem impractical inside a rocker. Also, I've never attempted to wax in a cavity. Special tools or garden sprayer or ??? with what wax?
     
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    I have a flex magnet, about 2 feet long. Before doing the above with Eastwood, I ran the magnet through the frame rails and rockers, pulled out lots of rust debris. Rather protect the rails and rockers than the dust.
     
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    My rockers were free of rust so I just blasted the KBS in there. I did convert the inner frame rails just in case, then waxed them.
     
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    Steve,
    Is this the place we went for dinner the last time I was in NOLA? It was great driving your car!!
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    Yep, come back for another cool food venue. The drink signs are original, they were discovered behind a facade when they renovated to renovate the place.

     
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    Thanks for re-upping this thread. I didn’t know about the drain holes.
     
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    Great thread and thank you so much for all this helpful information.
     

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