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Old 03-11-2009, 09:13 PM
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In a situation like I think you have I would use plug welds, drill 1/4 or 3/8" holes about 4 inches apart in the plate, weld them and grid them flush. That would give a nice Finnish. Then if any warping takes place you can do the same thing on the opposite side just weld on the tube and grind. If you think about it each weld would be like a bolt and would have plenty of strength. I would cut the plate so it came out behind the radius of tube.
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:23 PM
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Take a weld tip on your torch heat to a cherry about the size of a dime, quench rag with cold water. Start in the center and spiral out about 2" at a time. Try the less noticeable one 1st.It has been a long time since I worked a body panel the correct way .Current way beat down and fill.
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:15 PM
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Originally Posted by cutter View Post
So what'd you do? Throw a bucket of water at it?
Can't remember......either recycled beer or a water hose. LOL
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