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Rust where B pillar attaches to rocker
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So the other day I was cutting rust out from my fender and got carried away. I cut out the bottom of the B pillar where it welds to the rocker. Does anyone know of a way to replace this or will I have to get a metal shop to fabricate some metal for me?


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Sorry to hear about the boo boo.  Anyway, we have all made some mistakes.

First off, we can guide you better with a picture of the damage.  I would think if you were cutting you could have a pretty easy area to patch.  You can even re-weld the metal you inadvertently cut out if it is solid.

So option 1.  Yes, hot rod shops, body shops, and restoration shops have people skilled at shaping metal, so having a piece fabbed should be easy.  For 200-300 bucks I bet you could get it patched and blended in.

Option 2,  I would thing most any parts car could get you some solid B-pillar metal.  Common to all models fro 71-73 and not an area that tended to rust out.  I would try any Mustang vendor that parts out 71 through 73, Motor City Mustang, Ohio Mustang Supply, or forum members.

Like I said, start with a picture.

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(05-06-2019, 08:32 PM)kcmash Wrote: Sorry to hear about the boo boo.  Anyway, we have all made some mistakes.

First off, we can guide you better with a picture of the damage.  I would think if you were cutting you could have a pretty easy area to patch.  You can even re-weld the metal you inadvertently cut out if it is solid.

So option 1.  Yes, hot rod shops, body shops, and restoration shops have people skilled at shaping metal, so having a piece fabbed should be easy.  For 200-300 bucks I bet you could get it patched and blended in.

Option 2,  I would thing most any parts car could get you some solid B-pillar metal.  Common to all models fro 71-73 and not an area that tended to rust out.  I would try any Mustang vendor that parts out 71 through 73, Motor City Mustang, Ohio Mustang Supply, or forum members.

Like I said, start with a picture.

kcmash


I will try to get a picture when I get home, (currently at work looking at car parts lol) but I have looked for B pillar patches/whole pillar and it doesn’t seem like I can find any for 71/73. The metal I took out was pretty well rusted through and there’s no saving it. Surprisingly the rocker panel under the weld was rust free!

Here is a online picture I found of the area I’m talking about. [Image: 2b7d94b2284aba69d66f0d65deefb6e5.jpg]


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First off, that is the A-pillar, not the B so A donor car is a good option.  Repairing that area is not for the faint of heart. I would hire that one out to a shop.

Second, our rocker panels were galvanized,  that's why they survive.

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(05-06-2019, 09:02 PM)kcmash Wrote: First off, that is the A-pillar, not the B so A donor car is a good option.  Repairing that area is not for the faint of heart. I would hire that one out to a shop.

Second, our rocker panels were galvanized,  that's why they survive.

kcmash


I thought the A pillar was toward the front of the car and the B pillar was toward the rear? Was that picture not the correct location?


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(05-06-2019, 09:06 PM)Usafsac Wrote:
(05-06-2019, 09:02 PM)kcmash Wrote: First off, that is the A-pillar, not the B so A donor car is a good option.  Repairing that area is not for the faint of heart. I would hire that one out to a shop.

Second, our rocker panels were galvanized,  that's why they survive.

kcmash


I thought the A pillar was toward the front of the car and the B pillar was toward the rear? Was that picture not the correct location?


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I believe the picture is the wrong location, my damage is on the rear pillar however in the same area. My apologies.


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That's fine, I was just wanting to make sure.  Yes, the A-pillar is toward the front and has the door hinge mounts, the B-pillar is mid-vehicle and has the door striker post/latch, and the C-pillar is between the rear 1/4 window and the back glass, (Great big on our cars.)  If you have a wagon like the Explorer, Expedition, or Flex you get a D-pillar.

You should be able to find a b-pillar as I suggested earlier.

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Gotcha! Yes it’s the bottom of the B pillar, I’ll see if any metal shops are able to fab one for me or see if anyone has a donor car in north west FL.


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Anyone with some fab skills and welder can take care of you. Should be pretty straightforward repair.

Kevin

1971 Mach 1
408C Stroker
C4 w/3,000 stall
8.8" Rear w/3.73's
Disc brakes all way around.

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Hopefully I’ll be able to find someone to fab it around my area. Attached is a picture of where I cut it out. If anyone has a donor car they’re willing to cut out let me know. [Image: fda4f694a96a178fd1567a2e3a4f6bf7.jpg]


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