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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:54 am
So was the skin just spot welded on top of drip rail? the drip rail sandwiched in between roof structure and roof skin?
Other than taking lots of time to drill all the spot welds the job really doesn't look all that bad. Just take your time and not get in hurry.

Now, How well Will the aftermarket skin and drip rails fit?
That's the million dollar question!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:42 pm
Doright wrote:...Other than taking lots of time to drill all the spot welds the job really doesn't look all that bad. Just take your time and not get in hurry...


My god you guys have a positive outlook on things. :clap:

I know that I sound like a broken record, but you guys amaze me with your skill sets.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:39 pm
Dennis,
The roof skin flange sits on top of the drip rails. If I was to do this again, I would use a 3/8" Blair spot weld cutter on all the drip rail welds. The 5/16" spot weld drill worked fine for the front and rear window flange.

There are a couple of must do tips to make it go much easier.
1. Clean the area well enough to see the all spot welds. A narrow wire wheel worked for most of it.
2. Be sure to use a center punch and mark the welds perfectly in the middle.
3. Use a smaller drill bit first and drill the center punch hole through the depth of the metal flange. Careful here it is easy to drill right though both layers.
4. Keep the drill rpms fairly low until you see a full circle cut in the metal.

As for the replacement panels fitting right, I will be spending the extra money for AMD panels, twice the price of Goodmark but the quality and fit are worth it.

OFB,
Most of this work doesn't really require tons of skill, just patience. You can't hurry this type of work, you just take it one step at a time and be methodical.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:02 am
Hey Jim
Ya I know about how to remove spot welds.
I will Try the Blair ones I have Broke nearly all of My Snap on's, I like the ones by Snap on but they are brittle. The Flutes will break off.

Looking at this
https://www.amazon.com/Blair-11096-Cutt ... B002XML5HK
Is this their premium cutters ?
They look like they could be sharpened?

Snap on has a New design
https://store.snapon.com/Spot-Weld-Cutt ... 36895.aspx
I would like to try but they are expensive, look's like they are made from Carbide which explains why they are so expensive.
They don't even list the ones I have.

I will probably just get a few of these though there supposed to be made from Cobalt.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Spot-Weld-Cutt ... 0008.m2219

https://www.ebay.com/itm/8mm-Spot-Weld- ... 3282588682


I got a Good Tip for you though
Try using this stuff on ALL your drills and your spot weld cutters for EVERY hole!
https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Qty-1-Orel ... ctupt=true
It will make your cutters last 100 times longer! It really is that good this stuff is MAGIC!!!!
I keep a bottle open and just dip my drill for every hole.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:09 pm
Any new updates?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:20 pm
Yes, 3" of snow yesterday, another 10-20" possible Wednesday and Thursday!
Went out to the garage, looked at the car and went back into the house. LOL

Thought I moved away from this cold weather and white stuff. Fortunately I saved one snow shovel when I moved here from upstate New York.

All this fear mongering about Global Warming is really falling apart right now!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:12 pm
'68 Coronet R/T wrote:Yes, 3" of snow yesterday, another 10-20" possible Wednesday and Thursday!
Went out to the garage, looked at the car and went back into the house. LOL

Thought I moved away from this cold weather and white stuff. Fortunately I saved one snow shovel when I moved here from upstate New York.

All this fear mongering about Global Warming is really falling apart right now!


I just laughed coffee through my nose lol :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Dang that hurts! 10-20 inches possible WOW! that's crazy!

All it does is Rain here and and rain and Snow in Cali mountains all this week flooded all the roads I drive on on back side of mountains. Drove home last night and its Cold and wet here too!
My Dang Torpedo shop heater is on the fritz AGAIN! needs a new Air pump deal.
1st I changed the Plug then changed the fuel then changed the Transformer after I had to send first one back as it was wrong one! put it all together and again so the fans running I got fuel I got spark and NO FIRE! Took the dang
air pump apart flipped the vanes over put it together Boom! fire! but its still funky only wants to light off when it wants now. sick of the dang thing I am so ready for a new Propane furnace job.
But this Government shut down hurt me bad! A month and half no pay and no back pay hurts! puts me way behind on things
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