<VV> rusty door pillar

J R Read_HML hmlinc at sbcglobal.net
Sat Jul 8 12:45:19 EDT 2006


The late converts have a stiffener inside of the rocker panels.  If just the 
skin is gone, you might be OK.  The door pillar is potentially going to be 
the larger problem.  The convert test is to put the top down and open both 
doors.  Have someone (a 200+ pounder) stand inside the car - say between the 
bucket seats on the rear floor.  See if the doors close properly.  If they 
do, that stiffener is probably OK.  If not, walk away from the deal.  You 
might be able to see into the rocker interior if the skin has enough holes 
in it.  Also, replacing rocker skins is another whole (and sort of 
expensive) job.  The panels are available, but you'll need two for each side 
and you need to weld or know someone who can do it for you.

Later, JR

'61 Rampside Standard 4/110
'65 Monza Convertible 4/140
'66 beater Coupe - "icemobile" 4/140

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Anthony Keele" <antkee111 at hotmail.com>
To: <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Saturday, July 08, 2006 9:16 AM
Subject: <VV> rusty door pillar

> Gentlemen,
> I am looking to purchase my first corvair and I would like some 
> professional opinions. The car in question is a 1965 Monza Convertible. 
> The pass. rocker panel is swiss cheese and the door pillar has a break 
> through hole below the lower hinge. Is this  a repairable situation? I can 
> deal with floor pans, trunk floors and other typical areas of rust. Is 
> this a rehabable car? Your help in this matter would be greatly 
> appreciated. I don't want to get over my head. The engine and trans have 
> been recently rebuilt and does run well.
> Tony K
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