Originally Posted by swvalcon
I replaced a lot of these panels back in the day and I always lap welded just a1/2 to 1 in below the upper body line. I would trim off the old 1/4 panel at door post and butt weld just the frist in" or 2 right at the door opening so You dont end up with a door fit problem. Same goes for camaros.
Yep, it works like a dream. As far as Butt welding it, yes you can but it will add quite a bit of difficulty to the project. What is the overall expectation of the car? What is the condition of the rest of the car?
Don't let people scare you with the whole flange weld seams are a place for rust to start BS, the ENTIRE CAR is held together with these style welds! EVERY SINGLE SEAM on the ENTIRE CAR is a flange, lap style weld! One more isn't a big deal.
But yes, if this is a special car and you want it extra nice, a butt weld would be the way to go.