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mvendl
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From: Lowell, IN, USA
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posted 07-22-2002 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mvendl   Click Here to Email mvendl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a good question... What is the best way to remove old sheetmetal... spotwelds, etc? I've been workin on the 66 a quite a bit lately and have started on the LH side. I've got the LH fender out and need to get the front splash shield out. The inner fender wall isnt in too bad shape so I dont want to damage it when I take out the splash shield... Any suggestions would be great.

Also, as a side note, Angle Grinders with wire wheels are the best... The previous owner of my pony sprayed "duraliner" material on the inner fenders. Grr, at least it comes off nicely.

thanks in advance.

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mellowyellow
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posted 07-22-2002 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The inner splash shields are attached with with hex head sheetmetal screws originally. Spotwelds, where used at fact, can be drilled out. The Eastwood Co. offers a couple different kinds. If your splash shields are really, bad it's often more cost effective to buy new ones. And the repos with attached rubber are the best way as they are cheaper. There is not a strength factor with these.

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mvendl
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posted 07-22-2002 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mvendl   Click Here to Email mvendl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So drilling out spotwelds is the best way to go? Is there a specific bit that I would need? I dont wanna get too carried away with a normal drill bit...

thanks,

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mellowyellow
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posted 07-22-2002 03:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Reread the above post re spot weld cutters.

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Hemikiller
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posted 07-23-2002 12:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hemikiller   Click Here to Email Hemikiller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check out this link. I have the small fractional set, just finished a bunch of sheetmetal work on my '71. I replaced the trunk floor, both front floors, both outer wheel houses, and the tail light panel. Used the 9/16" bit for the whole project, had to sharpen it once. The other spot weld cutters out there are trash compared to these. Not cheap, but you will NOT regret spending the money on this.

http://www.hougen.com/cutters/sheetmetal/11000.html

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