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FC Rocker Panels
Posted by: AlmostACorvair ()
Date: October 21, 2009 08:34AM

Hello,

Has anyone ever used the Clarks FC rocker panel sections with success? If so, how well has it held up? Are they strong enough or was extra steel support pieces required? Any available pictures of an install would be much appreciated,

Thanks

Matt
St. Petersburg, FL
1963 Corvair 95 Panel Van

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Re: FC Rocker Panels
Posted by: AlmostACorvair ()
Date: October 21, 2009 10:33AM

My apologies, I am referring to the fiberglass rocker panels. They seem to be the only ones offered from Clark's.

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Re: FC Rocker Panels
Posted by: rampeyboy ()
Date: October 22, 2009 06:46AM

Matt, I have no experience with them. I do recall reading in the archives somewhere, and it may have been on the corvanatics site, the panels look fine, but are not structural, so be careful putting weight on them.
Boyce

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Re: FC Rocker Panels
Posted by: AlmostACorvair ()
Date: October 22, 2009 07:51AM

Boyce,

Thanks for the info, I kind of figured that was the case. I'm going to probably try to find a set of steel ones from a donor van.

Matt
St. Petersburg, FL
1963 Corvair 95 Panel Van

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Re: FC Rocker Panels
Posted by: Dennis D ()
Date: October 22, 2009 10:17AM

I don't have any experience with fiberglass rockers for the FC. When I restored mine I went with steel rockers from Arizona. I swear they looked like they were made yesterday. They were expensive but worth it as I think they are very important structually. Here some photos of the process:

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Re: FC Rocker Panels
Posted by: Dennis D ()
Date: October 22, 2009 10:24AM

A few more. I hope I don't get anymore repeats. The last one was of my original rocker. Very rusty.


Dennis D.

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Re: FC Rocker Panels
Posted by: AlmostACorvair ()
Date: October 22, 2009 10:24AM

Very Cool! We're these rockers from an aftermarket company or a donor van?

Thanks!

Matt
St. Petersburg, FL
1963 Corvair 95 Panel Van

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Re: FC Rocker Panels
Posted by: Dennis D ()
Date: October 22, 2009 11:00AM

Matt: They were from a donor van in Arizona. I think they cost $150. each but well worth it in the long run. It is a bit tricky to get them in the right position so the door closes properly. You have to allow for the weatherstriping and so there is some guess work involved. The rampside turned out well though.

Dennis D.

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Re: FC Rocker Panels
Posted by: AlmostACorvair ()
Date: October 22, 2009 11:11AM

Dennis,

You did some amazing work! The rampside looks great. I am trying to locate some rockers from a donor as I type. Thank you so much for the pictures and the advice! Did you go through a vendor (Phoenix Charlie) or was it a private seller in Arizona?

Thanks,

Matt
St. Petersburg, FL
1963 Corvair 95 Panel Van

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Re: FC Rocker Panels
Posted by: Dennis D ()
Date: October 22, 2009 02:44PM

Matt:

I replaced the rockers about 8 or 9 years ago. I got them from Southwest Corvair but unfortunately they are out of business. You could try Calif Corvairs. I am sure Marco could fix you up. The ones I received were beautiful - absolutely no sign of rust on them. It sure made the job alot easier and was a very successful repair.

Thanks for the compliment. The rampside is a joy to drive.

Dennis D.

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Re: FC Rocker Panels
Posted by: AlmostACorvair ()
Date: October 23, 2009 03:32AM

Dennis,

Thank you again for all of the help!

Matt

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Re: FC Rocker Panels
Posted by: upnorth1 ()
Date: October 26, 2009 04:11PM

Your truck is sweet!

gives me hope for mine.

Chaplain Bob
135 miles from Canada

AT THE TIP OF LAKE SUPERIOR
1961 Loadside 95hp. 30 over bored and stroked. 145 block, 165 heads 4 speed
1966 Corsa clone 140 4 speed, 30 over.
1966 4 door 110 pg soon to return to factory 140 PG

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Re: FC Rocker Panels
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: February 11, 2020 04:32PM

Matt,
I suggest, if at all possible, to leave the door correctly mounted on the hinges when you do the replacement. This way you can swing it into place to assure that dogleg ends up in the right position with the correct clearances.
Steve

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