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? Where To Buy Rocker Panel Replacement
Posted 23 August 2003 - 10:52 AM
And I have never welded, but would like to buy one and try it.. What kind of welder should I get for a back yard mechanic... Will a cheap WAL-MART one for 80 bucks work good enough for fixing body panels and floor pans/rockers... Hell other than a hack saw what do you guys use to cut the metal out also???? Thanks again for the info in advance... And if I wanted to weld aluminum what kinda welder do I need???
Posted 23 August 2003 - 11:27 AM
Mill's Supply carries them. Their # is 1-800-781-2700. Bill at ext 116 can fix you up.
Welding is best, but there are other ways to attach them with simple hand tools. I have done them successfuly with rivets. On the rockers, especially, its easy to disguise the attachement points. If you plan it out right, you'll only need to do a minimal amount of finishing work. Eastwood Supply carries a nice "dimpling" tool that'll allow you to rivet flush with the metal. You'll also need several pairs of vice grips to hold the panel in place while you install the rivets. If you go with rivets, use aluminum (not steel) since they will not rust.
Regardless of how you attach the new panel, you'll need some cutting tools to cut out the rusted areas, and a chisel to break spot welds. You'll want to do a good job of treating surface rust, and seal it well before installing the new panels. I like to use heavy oil based paints like Rustolem in areas that are not visible.
After the panel is on, you'll want to seal the seams all the way around to prevent moisture from collecting. I always hit the undercarriage side with rubberized undercoating to prevent new corrosion.
IMO, this is a good alternative if you dont have the $400-$600 to buy a good MIG welding outfit. I don't think a $100 Walmart welder will give you kind of the results you want.
good luck, John
Posted 23 August 2003 - 03:07 PM
Posted 25 August 2003 - 09:25 AM
I don't know what the model # is but alot of people seem to be happy with that particular welder for smaller jobs like body panel replacement.
Here's one thread in particular...
edit...Sorry I just looked through that thread and realized they didn't really talk about the HF welder. Previous threads may have been on their old board as they just changed their message board as well. I'll try looking through the old board for info.
Posted 25 August 2003 - 10:00 AM
Here's another one...
There are a few people still posting to the old board (I don't know why) but it's mostly trivial stuff. If you want to ask questions, I'd do it on the new board. Hope this helped.
Posted 25 August 2003 - 04:42 PM
I'm glad to hear the Harbor Frieght welders are getting some positive feedback.
As a rule, I NEVER reccommend cheap import tools, but I haven't really had any bad experiences with HF. I have ordered stuff from them mail order for years, and they recently opened a store here in Columbus recently so I've spent a lot of time checking out their stuff. They seem ok for tools you might use occasionally, but American-made professional grade tools are still best for your basic mechanic set.
One plus is that HP offers extended warrenties on certain tools (pneumatics, electrics, probably welders). Again, worth a look for tools you use occasionally. Personally, I plan to buy a Lincoln MIG cause I will be using it often.
Posted 25 August 2003 - 05:10 PM
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