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Old 10-11-2003, 12:21 PM
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aluminum to steel

is it possible to weld aluminum to steel? i found some drip rail replacements (for fairfield motor cars) and they perfect but they look like aluminum. i'm fixing up a '53 buick and i'd like to attach these drip rails if possible. or maybe just pop rivet the aluminum drip rails to the frame and use all-metal to patch?

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Old 10-11-2003, 02:31 PM
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Will a magnet stick to them? a magnet won't stick to aluminum There are some panel bond adhesives to consider too.. curious as well

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hey milo,
i'll do the magnet test tommorrow. (i've been working all day trying get the rocker panels correct.)

that's a great idea on the panel adhesive. i didn't even think of that. i don't know anything about nor have i used any adhesive.

is there a brand out there anybody recommends?

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Ive used panel adhesiv to replace door skins in the past and it's as stong as a weld without burning off protection. You need a flat to flat area though,,, just thinking along with you since I'll be doing "updated' drip rails on a 1929 Willys that originaly had them nailed thru to the wood frame.

check it--> http://www.45mph.com/cgibin/search/w...ms=auto%20body
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If they are aluminum you can`t weld them to steel. Adhesive might work if every thing is in your favor. You might try a real small countersunk stainless steel screw. just an idea.

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oh yeah eastwood sells that stuff too. thanks for the link!

i thought about shaving them for a split second, but i'm trying to get close to original (with the exception of the interior and paint job) and plus this is gonna be a daily driver. you should see the 322 V-8! i'm finishing it up tommorrow. i just finished rebuliding the fuel pump and it's the last thing to go on before we swing it in the bay! it's not a hot rod (it's got a dynaflow) but she is a beaut and i can't wait to start her up.

say, i also did some digging and found out about soldering. i finally found my welder's handbook and it has a chapter on brazing and soldering. it says you can solder different metals including aluminum to steel and various other combos with the correct flux and rod of course. the book said it would have tensile strength of 29,000 psi.

would this be exceptable for drip rails?
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i'm just gonna stick with the adhesive. i hear soldering aluminum to steel is close to impossible.

thanks for the input ya'll!
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