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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-08-2002, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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OT......Body Tool ?

I'm doing some body work at first I was just going to lap the patch panels but decided that getting a flange tool would make a better joint. I've heard about 4 differant kinds some punch holes also I was wondering which one works better. I'm not sure if I can find all types when I look locally or not but figured some knowledge is better then none.

1. Hand type (compound leverege)
2. Vice Grip type
3. Air hammer attachment
4.Complete air operated tool

Also is there a low cost tool or way to bend the lips around the wheel wells?
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Re: OT......Body Tool ?

I've used both hand and air flange tools when I rebuilt the CJ tub... I far prefer the air tools, it's much easier on the hands and you get a quality bend everytime. I used a manual hole punch and it worked fine.. but my hands were tired after punching a bizillion holes. This tool also is a good candidate for an air tool.

I haven't found anything to make that nice rounded lip under a fender, most of that stuff is cut and new sections welded in. I'd be interesed in an aswer on that question.
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Re: OT......Body Tool ?

I saw on Eastwoods site a Shrinker Streacher Set that was
$300 but as much as I would use it I can't see buying one. Thats why I asked about a low cost tool or way of doing it.

Eastwood Search for item #28053
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Re: OT......Body Tool ?

Anyone else have any input about this?
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Re: OT......Body Tool ?

I wouldn't bother with the flange myself. Make your patches fit behind the panel where you can, and mig weld them in with tacks under 1/4 inch diameter. (3/16 is ideal). Skip around the patch with the tacks to eliminate heat distortion, then weld between tacks until you have no welds over 1/8 inch apart.THe flanger will make a stronger joint but tends to warp the surface you are trying to patch. It also won't do too good on any curves.
For an ideal patch try hammer welding or a flush fit patch with a skip welded seam .You can actually make the patch look like the original metal on both sides.
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