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Old 03-26-2005, 12:48 PM
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body panel replacement crimping tool

hi, my dad and i were wondering about a tool that we heard would make it easier to install body panels. We don't know what the name of this tool is, but it crimps the metal inward( kind of what a brake would do) and makes it easier to weld it back in place. Has anybody ever heard of this before? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-26-2005, 12:57 PM
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IT'S called a 'flanger'. check harbor freight, eastwood, etc...

you can get an air powered one that also punches holes as well as flanges.
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flanging tool

Is the panel you are replacing lapped from the factory?

If it isn't and you are making or using a patch panel you will be better off butt welding it. A lapped/flanged panel is very hard to work with a hammer and dolly. It will also become a good place for moisture to hide and start the rusting process all over again. Another problem will occur when using a lapped joint, they tend to appear in your paint job when the sun heats it up.

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Is the panel you are replacing lapped from the factory?

If it isn't and you are making or using a patch panel you will be better off butt welding it. A lapped/flanged panel is very hard to work with a hammer and dolly. It will also become a good place for moisture to hide and start the rusting process all over again. Another problem will occur when using a lapped joint, they tend to appear in your paint job when the sun heats it up.
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Man, am I unhappy to hear THAT!!!!! I just finished my body work incl flanged lap joints for partial quarter panel replacement. I'll seal the lap joint with seam sealer but never heard of the joint appearing in the sun. I made the joint under the body line so it wouldn't be so easy to see if it isn't perfect. Hope its not a problem.
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Man, am I unhappy to hear THAT!!!!! I just finished my body work incl flanged lap joints for partial quarter panel replacement. I'll seal the lap joint with seam sealer but never heard of the joint appearing in the sun. I made the joint under the body line so it wouldn't be so easy to see if it isn't perfect. Hope its not a problem.
Don't loose any sleep over it, it is likely not going to happen.

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Flanged, overlapped joints may be easier, but they are not better. As Keith mentioned, hard to work the metal afterwards. The flange can also change the contours of the metal if it is made on a curved section effectively shrinking the surface down. Add the weld shrinkage to that and it is a recipe for more filler than you might want to use.

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I believe you that butt joints are best but would you say flanged joints might be a better choice for amateurs? This was my first attempt at MIG welding and panel replacement. Not sure I could have managed the precise cut and butt joint weld. Yep, it took some filler but I think it came out OK.
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