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Old 05-28-2018, 09:58 AM
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Is there any reason ASC riveted the side rocker reinforcement and not spot welded them?

I would like facts as opposed to guesses on this one as I have to take it all off and put them back on once over repaired the floors and my family will be travelling in this car!

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Not that I know of I would weld them.
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Not that I know of I would weld them.
Iњm wondering whether the frame needed to flex for some reason? In the original plans theyњre rivets so itњs jot an aftermarket thing, itњs how they were built!

I was was planning to plug weldthem back on.
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Sounds good to me.
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Cost & Speed of conversion was probably why they riveted them. Less welding, means less repainting, lower chance of factory fire etc..

I believe the channels are actually made from Aluminum, (I am not sure if you can weld aluminum to Steel) This was probably done to save weight. I have never checked them with a magnet tho.

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I can see that! Probably better to use the quickest low risk materials and fixings.

Theyre definitely all steel, everything is welded at the ends. But the rivets are aluminium.
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I added the Spohn SFC kit for convertibles. Huge improvement in stiffness.
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Cost & Speed of conversion was probably why they riveted them. Less welding, means less repainting, lower chance of factory fire etc..

I believe the channels are actually made from Aluminum, (I am not sure if you can weld aluminum to Steel) This was probably done to save weight. I have never checked them with a magnet tho.

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Nothing on the vert is aluminium except the filler piece for the front header panel and he rivets! Its all spot welded, seam welded and aluminium riveted.
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Nothing on the vert is aluminium except the filler piece for the front header panel and he rivets! Its all spot welded, seam welded and aluminium riveted.
Indeed you are correct, I looked at my 89 while on a lift, and it does appear that the frame connectors are indeed steel. The Rivets are aluminum...

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