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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-01-2003, 09:01 PM
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body panel replacement

well, my friend has a race car shop that has all the equipment anyone would need to repair a truck. but i dont know the right way to replace quarter panels. like i have heard drilling out the original spot welds, but when i do new spot welds wont it be less to the loss of surface area with the holes. i know lots of people do body panel replacement.. any pointers?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-01-2003, 09:30 PM
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Re: body panel replacement

i'm not a body man or anything like that but do work with spot welders at work and when theres a screw up we only drill out most of the top piece of material and then using a chisel to split piece's leaving the bottom piece intact im not sure if that how the body shops do it but it works for us at work
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 09-01-2003, 11:49 PM
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Re: body panel replacement

I recently repaired the rust on both sides of my quarters using patch panels from RayBuck. I used an air-cutoff tool (not an air chisel) and cut out a square section a little smaller than the patch panel itself. I then used an air crimper on the sheet metal of the truck and then cut the patch panel to fit within a 1/8-1/4. I then used a MIG to weld continuously around the entire panel rather than spot welding (stronger). I then welded in new wheel houses purchased from Jeff's Graveyard.

Any questions, you can e-mail me direct.

Good luck
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 09-02-2003, 04:33 PM
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Re: body panel replacement

The proper way is to get a spot weld removal too (special drill bit). Alternately you can use a small drill bit and cold chisel the rest.
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