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Username Post: 65 impala quarter repair        (Topic#352706)
995jim 
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Posts: 468
995jim
Loc: Ohio
Reg: 12-17-06
08-25-18 05:49 PM - Post#2744381    

Hi, I purchased a rear quarter panel for a 65 impala that will be cut on the side horizontally at a crease the whole length of the panel. I cut the existing panel low at the wheel well lip and back to the trunk area as a minimal cut and the panel sucked in really tight. I would have to pry to keep the original shape thus being a real pain to fit new metal so Im wondering if I should make a second horizontal cut higher at the upper crease. naturally Im worried about waves and thought someone may have been down this road on this car. I hate to make the higher cut since Im chopping all good metal but if that's the solution then I will do it,
any help or input would be greatly appreciated..thanks jim

Jim

65' Impala SS, 65' Belair, 89' Silverado Z71, 95' Silverado Z71, 12' Silverado, 15' Silverado LTZ, 16' Tahoe LTZ


 




wagonman100 
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wagonman100
Loc: Baltimore, MD
Reg: 11-27-04
08-25-18 07:08 PM - Post#2744390    
    In response to 995jim

Long cuts in a flatter area will always give you a floppy panel. Make your cuts closer to a body line. The body lines add rigidity and help the panel keep it’s shape. Make sure when you weld you just do a few tacks in a row and stop and skip to a different area so that you don’t build up too much heat in one area. Then when you get near the end and don’t have too many places to go to that aren’t hot, just wait for the panel to cool off before continuing. Make sure to not build up too much heat when grinding the welds down too.

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
995jim 
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Posts: 468
995jim
Loc: Ohio
Reg: 12-17-06
08-26-18 05:39 PM - Post#2744482    
    In response to wagonman100

well I suspect that the panel was squeezed on then spot welded at the factory and when I cut the fender well lip area and rearward it released all the tension so then it sprung in. The inner fender was holding that tension.

Jim

65' Impala SS, 65' Belair, 89' Silverado Z71, 95' Silverado Z71, 12' Silverado, 15' Silverado LTZ, 16' Tahoe LTZ


 




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