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Quick update,
She is tucked into storage since the 68 came back from the paint shop. I am trying to finish the 68 and then go back to the 69. I will have 2 months off work after May so I will be hitting it hard. My LS1 corvette engine with the 4L80e and 12 bolt rear end are all patiently waiting...
 

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OK we rolled her out of the storage garage and into the workshop to get some metal work done..
 

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OK, I need some advice... I made a couple of patches for my inner rockers recently and put them in. The inside of the inner rocker looked very scaley and lots of metal material was caked inside of there. As you know, on a convertible the rockers are a vital part of the integrity of the structure and stability of the car. I got an awl and started poking the outer rockers and found 2 or three soft spots. My question is, how much rust is to much rust for the convertible rocker panels? I'm going to slice them open soon and have a peek.
I did not get good pictures of the inner rocker but there is one below along with the patch I put in...
I have never done rockers before but I do not know if I even need them. How do I know?
Any advice?
 

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So I popped open the rocker on the Driver's side to find it was indeed weak and rusty...
I began redoing my cart and bracing the shell for rocker removal...
 

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Over the last 6 months, a lot has happened. I sold the 68 convertible and I made some home improvements and I nearly died!
So here's what happened:
I had concrete poured onto my gravel driveway and I had them put me a nice thick pad down so I could build a 2 car garage..
 

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So you see that tree in the above picture..just to the right of my truck? Well it had a branch that extends about 20 feet, that was hanging right into the space needed to put my new garage.
So my neighbor and I go out there. He lets me borrow his chainsaw. I climb up the ladder about 6 feet up (my feet to the ground) over the concrete. I start to saw through the limb. I get halfway through the limb and I stop and allow the limb to slowly droop over and touch the driveway. I assume (incorrectly) that the tension is now off of the tree limb and I could safely cut the rest of the limb away from the tree. I resume cutting...
With about 2 inches remaining I stop to reconsider where this very heavy limb may drop. About this time my neighbor says "Tony, you may want to..." All I hear at this point is cracking and tearing of the tree limb. I have about half a second to react as the limb is now headed straight towards my face. With my left hand, I thrust the chainsaw over to the ground towards the left of me. Simultaneously I raise my left arm Ironman style to block my head.
At this point everything goes to slow motion and darkness. The tree limb strikes my hand and my right tricep is instantly ripped off the bone at the tendon (unbeknownst to me). I can hear things crashing to the ground around me. I'm still falling..... I suddenly feel like my left foot is on fire! Then I feel my chin hit something hard but not concrete... I black out.

I come to and my neighbor is standing over me. His mouth is moving but I hear nothing. Finally I hear him ask if I'm OK. I do not respond. He goes to my house to get my wife. I'm aware that I am alive, and lying face down on the concrete in a heap with arms and legs under me. I slowly roll over and the first thing I remember is a rush of joy that I am alive and aware of what is going on around me. I'm ruling out a major head injury at this point. I try to push myself up but my right arm doesn't work. My left foot and left leg feel like they are on fire. I feel my heart pounding and I recognize that I am probably in shock to some degree. My wife shows up to ask whats going on as she thinks I am pranking her. I hear myself repeating "I'm fine, I'm fine" over and over. Someone suggests calling an ambulance and I poo poo the idea (stupid). They help me to my feet and I discover that I cannot use my left foot but I do not know why. My left knee is covered in blood and very swollen. They help me inside and we remove my shirt to check for puncture wounds as I landed within inches of the bolts sticking up from the concrete to anchor the base boards. No punctures. I sit down and take these pictures:
 

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At this point I think that I have just sprained a muscle or two. I was lucky that there was no internal bleeding as I would have died overnight because I did not seek medical attention until I saw an orthopedic specialist the next day. After an ultrasound and MRI it was determined that I had severed my left Achilles tendon and my right triceps tendon at the elbow. I had emergency surgery the next day:
 

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I was in a wheelchair for a month, then crutches, with a boot. Crutches was tough due to the tricep injury. My handyman neighbor felt bad for me and agreed to build my garage for me for $2800 which I was very grateful for. I purchased the supplies and drew up some plans. I supervised the project from my wheelchair.
 

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We are still doing the siding but I have turned my attention to the inside for now to make it more useable..
I built a power tool rack and a fold-up work bench. I made a 12 inch deep shelf that goes all the way around the perimeter of the inside of the garage for storage..I also made some corner shelves..I wired the entire garage and insulated the walls and ceilings...
I installed a mini split AC system with 18000BTU from Mr. Cool. It works great!
 

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A few more...
Notice that when these quarter skins were put on, they trimmed the lip off of the outer wheel well and never replaced it...
 

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Anyone know what these digits mean on the seat partition near the trunk pan?
 

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It does not look that bad. Are you going to replace the inner wheelhouses? They seem to look ok. A lot of the rear part of the car is welded to the inner wheelhouses. Things could start moving if they are cut out and the remaining parts are not braced.

The frame rails look rusty on the outside. How deep is the rust?

Take measurements of the convertible trunk gutter brace. Measure from the brace to the trunk pan where the cocktail shakers bolt onto. This brace could move when you cut the outer wheelhouse out.

I likes the garage a whole lot!
 
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