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Username Post: Old School "Solder-On Tab" Body Work        (Topic#363678)
RAM_51 
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12-18-20 07:08 PM - Post#2810307    

This Frank Sergeant article is from the June 1957 issue of AutoBody and the Reconditioned Car magazine. It features a 1957 Chevrolet, the use of solder-on tabs, and hydraulic jacks. Enjoy:

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1951 Fleetline Preservation
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 




wagonman100 
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12-19-20 08:20 AM - Post#2810338    
    In response to RAM_51

Nice article. I often weld tabs to sheet metal to pull out damage where you can’t affix a clamp. Though with today’s thinner sheet metal and ultra high strength steel that insurance companies and car manufacturers deem replace only you can’t do the same kind of work as this. And I usually use a frame machine and pulling tower to pull the damage out.

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


 
51 AD 3100 
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01-01-21 06:05 AM - Post#2811106    
    In response to wagonman100

not many actual body shops anymore...just part changers and the insurance companies just total out a car once its got a big enough wrinkle...plus the fact the cars manufactured now have so much safety crumple built in that they are totalled in the slightest hit . i'm installing body weld robots ,conveyors and jigs in the new toyota Mazda plant here in north alabama ,i see them in the body shell components they bring in to teach the robots what theyre building. to see how theyre built you wouldnt think you'd want to be in a wreck and be able to come out alive. what used to be a 6 or 8 pc stamped floor is now close to 100 pcs spot welded together.

Life's more fun, in a '51


 
wagonman100 
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01-01-21 12:22 PM - Post#2811128    
    In response to 51 AD 3100

I used to fix some pretty big wrecks. Even spliced in unibody frame rails. But you can’t splice them any more. And with so many air bags, seatbelt with charges in them for preloading, radars and such, they total much easier these days. That coupled with people that just don’t want to do that kind of work, there won’t be anyone who actually knows how to actually fix a car that’s been in an accident soon enough.

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


 
51 AD 3100 
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01-03-21 05:20 AM - Post#2811242    
    In response to wagonman100

you got that right. theyre designed to crumple ...throw-away cars anymore.

Life's more fun, in a '51


 
wagonman100 
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01-03-21 12:15 PM - Post#2811267    
    In response to 51 AD 3100

I took apart a side swipe Hyundai Sonata a few months ago. No air bags blown or seatbelts needing replacement. It needed two doors, repairs on the center post and quarter panel and rear bumper cover. Nothing major, but it totaled. It wasn’t that old of a car, maybe 4 years old. I was astounded. I was looking forward to fixing it. I could have made good money on that one. My one co-worker tries very hard to total cars he doesn’t want to work on. Even if they aren’t all that bad. I can’t say I’ve never hoped a car would be totaled because of the work involved in fixing it. But I just tell them what it needs and let the numbers decide. Personally I get a lot of satisfaction out of fixing them.

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


 
RAM_51 
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Loc: Yakima, WA. USA
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01-12-21 06:28 PM - Post#2811962    
    In response to wagonman100

  • wagonman100 Said:
I usually use a frame machine and pulling tower to pull the damage out.


When the concrete slab was poured for the addition on my shop, I went ahead and installed Champion floor pots. I don't know if I'll ever use them, but I have 24 of them in the floor. I've only uncovered a few thus far. Vehicles and portable towers can be chained to the floor. I figured it was the time to install them. I was using one of them and a come-along to move a project into my shop.


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1951 Fleetline Preservation
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 
wagonman100 
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01-12-21 07:59 PM - Post#2811970    
    In response to RAM_51

Floor pots can come in handy. Poles installed into the concrete can be used to winch (or come-a-long) vehicles that don’t run for one reason or another. I wish I had either in my garage. We plan to move and I will be putting one or the other or both in the next garage.

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


 




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