I'm at that point with "Ol' Yeller" myself. I ordered a back issue of
Triumph World - No. 22 - October/November 1998 as I was told it had an
excellent segment on just what we're up to on our Spits. I reattached the
frame to get lateral support; since the frame is being replaced with a
donor, I'll cut it in front of the firewall to make it easier to maneuver.
I'm bolting the hardtop back on and rehanging the doors to get the door
openings in line. Once in place I'm going to weld bars across the door
openings, then pull the doors off again. One note, I was advised to do the
work in 3 steps- floor first, inner sill then the rockers. The thought is
that the sills and rockers (though in truly sad shape, 8 winters in Rhode
Island really did 'em in) add strength, once the new floors are in, the
inner sill can be removed, then once that's there, the rockers go (if they
don't completely rust away while I do the rest...). As to jacking, I'm using
4x4's running the length of the rockers to spread the strain and keep the
firewall section and rear from sagging down around the door openings. Once
the frame's cut down to size, I plan on using that for support. At least
that's the plan...
'77 (mostly) 1500 "Ol' Yeller"
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of KTnKT
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2002 1:41 PM
Subject: Off my rocker(s)
Greetings Spitfire Brethren,
I'm in the middle of a floor/rocker replacement on a '69 Spit. I've
started on the passenger side, where I cut out what was left of the
front floor section and rocker panel. I'm going to fabricate replacement
pieces for the front floors, and I have new rocker panels, inner
stiffeners, and rear fender patch panels I got from Nigel at Spitbits.
I'm wondering just what to use as jacking points underneath the car to
get the rocker alignment correct. I have the front and rear of the car
on stands, but need to raise the middle a bit. Is there anyone who's
been there and done that who could shed some light on this project for
me?? I'm at that point where I wonder "why did I start this??". Any
other tidbits of knowledge on assembling the pieces back together would
be quite valuable to me as well, such as what order to weld them back
Cape Cod, Ma.
FDU49898L now with less rust.....and less car!
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