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Unread 02-11-2013, 10:57 AM   #16
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Also any tricks on getting the old sliders out of the rocker molding channel? A few of mine seem frozen/rusted in there and won't budge. I don't want to mess up the molding, thanks.

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Unread 02-11-2013, 11:15 AM   #17
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Okay, my 86 has 5 holes, all 1/2" from the bottom edge. Measuring from forward edge of the rear tire fender well, the first three bolts are 5 1/2", 15 3/8", and 25" on center. Remember all measurements are from the fender well, not distance between bolts. The two remaining bolts are measured from the rear edge of the front tire fender well; 2 1/2" and 7 1/4". So to clarify, I measured the first three back to front, the second two front to rear. Make sense?
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Unread 02-11-2013, 11:58 AM   #18
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So to clarify, I measured the first three back to front, the second two front to rear. Make sense?
You should actually do it from the firewall or the split between the front fender and firewall, it's a straighter line.
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Also any tricks on getting the old sliders out of the rocker molding channel? A few of mine seem frozen/rusted in there and won't budge. I don't want to mess up the molding, thanks.
Take a piece of stiff copper wire or a thin strip of sheetmetal and bend a 90 degree end on it about a 1/4" in. You may find another object that will work just as well. With it, clean out the track that the bolts slide in. Then spray out the remaining dust with carb or brake cleaner. Then spray the track and bolts with some penetrating oil. Let them soak a bit. Then take a flat punch and tap on the slide part of the bolt in the direction of the slot. They will break free. The alum. trim corrodes to the steel bolt plate. A little heat to the trim from the backside may help. (I assume your repainting these)
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Take a piece of stiff copper wire or a thin strip of sheetmetal and bend a 90 degree end on it about a 1/4" in. You may find another object that will work just as well. With it, clean out the track that the bolts slide in. Then spray out the remaining dust with carb or brake cleaner. Then spray the track and bolts with some penetrating oil. Let them soak a bit. Then take a flat punch and tap on the slide part of the bolt in the direction of the slot. They will break free. The alum. trim corrodes to the steel bolt plate. A little heat to the trim from the backside may help. (I assume your repainting these)
Cool thanks, I'll give that a try. Actually I want to get them powdercoated chrome.
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Unread 02-11-2013, 03:44 PM   #21
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Cool thanks, I'll give that a try. Actually I want to get them powdercoated chrome.
The color really isn't a chrome like finish but rather a polished aluminum look that dulls even when sprayed with a clear coat powder. That color powder must be clear coated to prevent it from "graying".

Here's an example of Reflective Chrome powder coat that has not been clear coated but fresh out of the oven.



Looks good when newly applied but will turn a darker shade later.

Are the rocker molding pieces bright aluminum or anodized black? If bright finish, clean them up with some 00 steel wool and then have them powder coated a "ultra clear" coating. It will stay bright for a very long time or indefinitely as long as you don't use any harsh chemicals to clean it with and wax it once in awhile.
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Unread 02-12-2013, 07:10 AM   #22
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That trans looks sweet. On my search for rockers with no real scratches or dents I found a passenger side in bright alum. and the driver side in anodized black. They say the driver side ones are hard to find in good shape. Im going to either have them powdercoated or painted silver. Should go well with my metallic blue Jeep.


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