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Old 05-30-2011, 03:48 PM   #1
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I would like to reinstall my side skirts, but the pinch welds are pretty much folded over. They are covering the screw grommets on the bottom of the rocker. Has anyone had any luck with straightening these? I tried bending them up with a pair of vice grips but that seems like it would take a long time and a lot of effort. Is there a better way? Could I cut them off and weld over the seam? I always thought a set of jacking rails would be nice on this car.

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Old 05-30-2011, 04:47 PM   #2
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im looking for an answer to this question too.. my pinch seams are destroyed from the billions of times i have jacked my car up
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:04 PM   #3
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You would pretty much have to remove the skirt, and interior. That way you can heat it and straighten it with flat vise grips and a hammer and dolly.
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:12 AM   #4
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I was able to get the skirts mounted today after several hours with a BFH and a punch. It was painful and the seams dont "look" good, but it worked. Some of the seams were folded completely over and tight up against the rocker. It sucked.
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:53 PM   #5
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i had the same problem and i used the same method as you and it turned out okay as long as you don't overheat it you will be fine.
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Not looking forward to this....but adding jacking rails will help keep it from happening any more....


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Old 06-17-2011, 01:53 PM   #7
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mine were knackered the whole length of the car, from a hydraulic lift used improperly. I straightened them with vice grips, no torch. My sideskirts were ruined as well, so I bought a used set. I would like to do rust prevention now, as the metal is exposed from the pliers.
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:46 PM   #8
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Not looking forward to this....but adding jacking rails will help keep it from happening any more....


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Yeah, me too, thats why Im removing the interior to do it. One piece of c channel from front to rear.
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:00 PM   #9
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If it's a street car ^^^^^, will that affect crumple zones at all?
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Its kinda a street car, pretty sure all the crumple zones are infront of the front wheels and behind the back wheels.
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Its kinda a street car, pretty sure all the crumple zones are infront of the front wheels and behind the back wheels.
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Jay what are "jack plates"? I just use a block of wood to spread the weight on the pinch weld area and havent had a problem.
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Old 07-22-2011, 03:16 PM   #12
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Basically its a piece of steel tube, welded or bolted along the length of the rockers to prevent damage to the rockers when jacking the car up.

Something like this
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:16 PM   #13
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That's what I did but connected them to both subframes so it's a brace also
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