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  • #16
    Ray, when you say "inner rockers" you mean something that would replace what the convertible came with? I say this because the rockers for a convertible are different than those for a hardtop, as the convertible lacks the roof for stiffness, thus requiring additional bracing in the rocker area. This may have been obvious to others; I just wanted to be sure it was clear. (this comes up when people in the past created after-the-fact convertibles from hardtops and got questionable results)

    John

    there is an article in the Technical Reference Library on the convertible rocker: http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_g...ifferences.pdf
    Last edited by JohnG; February 24th, 2019, 11:06 AM.
    1958 Hardtop
    #8452 TBird Registry
    http://tbird.info/registry/DataSheet...r~equals~8452)

    photo: http://www.squarebirds.org/users/joh...d_June2009.jpg
    history:
    http://www.squarebirds.org/users/johng/OCC.htm

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    • #17
      Hi John, when I was speaking with Don at the Bird Nest about this, I think he was talking about using those inner rockers from the 1957 & 1958 Full Sized Fords, Fairlane and Galaxie hardtops. I can call him tomorrow and see what he has to say about using them when you own a convertible and will let you know.

      Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
      The Terminator..... VTCI #11178
      Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or Call (Cell) 210-875-1411

      https://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

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      • #18
        I spoke with Don at the Bird Nest this morning. I said that he does NOT know if those '57 & '58 Big Ford inner rocker panels for the Fairlane and the Galaxie can be used on Squarebirds convertibles.. If anyone has used them, please let us know what you had to do to make them work.

        Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
        The Terminator..... VTCI #11178
        Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or Call (Cell) 210-875-1411

        https://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

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        • #19
          Any one have details on using 2x4 steel tubing in place of inner rockers? It sounds like that may be beefier

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          • #20
            This is from my files, source unknown. Looks like 4 x 4 tubing
            Carl

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            • #21
              2nd rotisserie T-bird for me. I finished a 55 last June and now am starting on a 60 Vert. Found a great deal on a rotisserie with adapters, a worm drive rotation gear setup and door braces from http://www.derekweaver.com/ $1199.00 delivered to my house.
              To fit a square bird, you have to add a 6' length of 2X2 square tubing to the bottom cross brace.
              Last edited by Oldcarnut; January 25th, 2020, 08:30 AM.

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              • #22
                Sweet deal and will certainly make it easier to do projects along the way
                Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
                Thunderbird Registry
                58HT #33317
                60 HT (Sold )

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                • #23
                  My 60 Convertible had 2x4 tubing on driver's side and 2x3 tubing on passenger side, both running from wheel well to wheel well.
                  Todd Gilroy
                  1960 Tbird Convertible
                  Thunderbird Registry #54651

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