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What thickness steel for repairs?

Discussion in 'Body' started by Dor Matt, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. grumble

    grumble Active Member

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    1mm ,incaneal is great, forms shape nicely,welds well and doesn't dust.
     
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  2. Campervanstu

    Campervanstu Member

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    Hi Adam,

    I realise this is an old post but did you share pics of those clamps you made. I looking to buy some but I’m sure you can make them for lass than $5 each

    Cheers

    Stu
     
  3. Mellow Yellow 74

    Mellow Yellow 74 Active Member

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    This butt weld clamps aren’t very good - they are fiddly to use, they don’t have great clamping force so panels can slide out and they leave a gap of a couple of mm which makes it easier to blow through when welding.

    A better way to do it is to use clecos or screws. You trial fit the new panel and use welding clamps to hold it in place and mark your cut line. Then instead of cutting along the whole length of the line you leave a little overlapping tab where you want each cleco/screw to go.

    You then cleco/screw the panel in position and do your final adjustment then tack weld between the tabs. You can then remove the clecos/screws use and to cut the tabs off and then tack weld where the tabs were and plug wed the hole up.

    https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/54-chevy-210-post-build.969489/page-2
     
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  4. Campervanstu

    Campervanstu Member

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    That’s a great tip Mellow Yellow. Just ordered some new panels so I will give it a go.
     

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