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How to separate body panels?cut,snip,torch,How?


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Most anything that doesn't just come right off is spot welded together. You can buy a spot weld drill bit which will make life easier than grinding.

FYI - the spot weld bit is like a tiny hole saw IIRC, the welds are hard so it cuts out just around the weld in a tiny circle - others will correct me if I'm wrong. there may be two types, a hole saw type and a standard drill type. If you try and use a standard drill bit you'll find that the bit will walk off the welds and you'll make a mess - either way start with a punch to keep the bit on the weld. Have LOTS of beer near by, its going to take some time

What panels are you trying to save?

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I believe Wurth has spot weld drills as well as Finishmaster.

If you take your time, you should be able to separate the panels. You may have to do some hammer welding to fill in the side with the spot weld drill holes. I saw an article using a jewelers torch to re-weld holes.


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Trust me guys, you don't want to try and save a panel that you are drilling for spot welds. It is a recipe for a huge headache and will lead to ruined areas where you drilled since they do not separate so easily.

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