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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-11-2002, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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OT but applicable - spot welds

While the question is off topic, the answer is certainly useful for my CJ. My nephew ran my sister-in-laws Olds Ciera into a pole the other night.... not bad but not good. Anyway, I need to get a radiator support panel out of the boneyard to replace hers. The entire panel is factory spot welded on the sides and the bottom. If I drill out the welds should the whole panel just drop out?? Thanks to previous advice from leve, I plan to reweld the new panel through the drill holes. Will this work. The boneyard does not allow any vehicles in the yard and no torches so my only option is a rechargeable drill, rechargeable sawzall from the rental barn, or a hacksaw. Other options????


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Re: OT but applicable - spot welds

How do they intend on selling the dang thing then!!! You'll need a good chisel and hammer also..Better get as many batteries for that drill as you can, there's lotsa those spot welds that arent to easy to find. Good luck, better take a snickers cause your going to be there a while!
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Re: OT but applicable - spot welds

Go to your local tool supply house and get a Spot Weld Removal tool. It should look something like this:

This tool removes spot welds and still leaves metal to weld to so you're not plugging big holes. It has a double ended 3/8" blade and 1/4" arbor with retractable pilot. When one side of the blade becomes dull you just turn blade 180 for fresh cutting surface.

This tool should make removal a LOT easier than banging away with a hammer and chisle, crowbar, screwdriver ...

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Nothing like that is available locally. I guess the drill will have to work. Between mine with two batteries and my brothers with two batteries, I might be able to get it off. I might need to give up a few tools for a beer cooler too! I wish I had a local tool supplier like you Leve. All of mine acted like I had just asked for technology from Roswell! Any other thoughts would still be appreciated before I venture out. Lucky for me the boneyard is opened from 8-5 on Saturday... I may need the time.

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