Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: North of Philly
I guess my first question has to be whether you're working on a Mach or a non-Mach. When you said painted, it made me think Mach, since the non-Mach ones are chromed, not painted.
The Mach rockers can be stripped and repainted fairly easily, if all that is wrong with yours is that they are painted, this would be the way to go.
If you're dealing with non-Mach chrome trim, they are beyond difficult to find. Best bet is again to restore what you have, if the only problem is paint. If they have dings, the dings can be taken out and the panels rechromed. If you don't want to go that far, the '68 moldings will fit up, but have different curves on the ends.
Funny story, my 'vert needed a set of '70 rockers (it had '68s on it when I bought it). I searched long and hard, even bought a couple of beat up examples. After a year and a half of searching, I found someone who had one NOS panel, and it wasn't cheap. We discussed careful shipping, and yes, I paid for insurance for the package.
The seller put it in a carboard tube, taped to a 1x6 board. When it arrived, the carboard tube and rocker panel was bent in half, and the 1x6 was broken in the middle. Yes, the shipper paid the insurance. Took me another year and a half of searching before I found another NOS piece, luckily a pair, and yes, I drove to pick them up.