Have holes 'pre-Marv' drilled in running boards for step plates which appear wider (maybe 1/4" each, & about 10 5/16" apart c/c), than able to find through vendors. Any suggestions, please?
Also, outside rear corner of passenger side running board has an obvious bend of about 3/8" where attaching to the fender. Appreciate any advice so I don't end up warping or wrecking? Photos attached.
Marve, your holes are a fairly easy fix. I would clamp my piece of 1/4" thick copper under the hole as a heat sink, and mig weld the hole closed. This will not cause any warpage problems.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
Looks like someone tried to jack the car up using the running board. Does the bend extend all the way across? That's some tough metal but the bend can be reversed easily if you have a shop press. Put spacers under the RB about 4" on each side of the apex and press a little at a time. Press on the flange areas first--Not the face. The curve in the face should flaten as the flanges are straightened.
(Message edited by kskopsky on October 09, 2016)
-Seth- The R-B inside edge (mating to the splash apron) is straight. Suspect as if some 350 pound passenger used the outside back corner to step on. The 'bend' is rear of the support bracket, starting about 10" from the end. Am wanting to straighten and line up before refinishing, with searching for the best way to make it 'stay'....
-Allen- Not being a purist, feeling the step plates aren't 'that bad of an idea', I'm considering whether I should just make them?? Don't believe it would be too difficult by using two 1/8" layers of aluminum plate. Insert and 'toe plate' too, since I'm not finding vendor availability. They wouldn't be difficult to polish, either. Compounding things is that I don't have MIG/TIG, but then the weld shop is only a mile or so away.
Sorry, "Stephen"! I need to pay more attention!!