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best way to weld in 1/4 panel???


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#1 stony

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 09:42 PM

I have 2 options. cut and trim to the point i have a butt weld then weld in the panel in or use a tool like this
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Basically create a flange that the replacement panel sits in then weld it in. to me it seems if i had the flange tool it would be much easier and forgiving when the welding starts.

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#2 Mike kZ

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 05:09 AM

I would go with the flange tool. Are you going to replace the whole quarter panel, or splice in part of one? You can use the tool to punch holes along the edge for the whole panel, or flange to splice one on.

Edited by Mike kZ, 27 August 2009 - 05:33 AM.


#3 johnc

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 08:01 AM

You will have to use both methods because you won't be able to flange every seam. A lot also depends on how original you want the replacement panel to appear. Butt welding and grinding will give a more original appearance when the panel is viewed from inside the car.
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#4 stony

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:43 AM

here is a pic of how i plan on cutting and flanging. not real worried on how it looks on the inside. I may not cut around but above the fill cap. might use some sheet metal and cover the gas door area anyways.

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#5 Roostmonkey

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 10:16 AM

I would put the weld seam on the body line just above your marks.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 10:44 AM

I just did a 1968 Camaro and I'll post some pics here of how I did the rear 1/4 panel. I went over the top of the upper body seam to make sure the width of the new panel (how far it stuck out from the body) was the same as the other side of the car.

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