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Old 05-20-2005, 04:20 PM
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Can a newbie like me?

Could someone that's never done body work do it? Like shaving door handles, tailgate, taillights. I would like to do as much body work as I can.

Some people say don't weld them in glue it. Is that good enough? Then some say spot weld then bondo. What's the best way for a newbie.

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First read the body/exterior FAQ section here then if you have specific questions not answered there ask them and we can probably help you.
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Practice on stuff in the junk pile before you do the "real thing".
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Could someone that's never done body work do it? Like shaving door handles, tailgate, taillights. I would like to do as much body work as I can.

Some people say don't weld them in glue it. Is that good enough? Then some say spot weld then bondo. What's the best way for a newbie.

I did. Gotta start somewhere. Shaving stuff is a great place to start 'cause those items are usually in parts of the body with extreme compound curves so it is hard to cause warping. And don't glue or spot weld. Learn to do it right and fully weld, then hammer out any warpage so you only need a skim of filler( OK so that is only part of the way to 'right'. Happy Randy?!)
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You have to start somewhere, first by reading and reading threads here on the forum. A few weeks reading this forum and you will be MILES ahead of me when I did my first custom mod, a top chop at 16 years old.

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Boy look at that hair and those pants.... I think I am having a flashback...

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Boy look at that hair and those pants.... I think I am having a flashback...


Both of which caught my eye.... time creeps up on us in a bad way... until yesterday i for some reason or another thought i was a year younger than I am, of course my wife set me straight

That was cool to start that young and chopping a top to boot. Did you have anyone to help you along like your father or a mentor so to speak who did bw or did you just go at it balls to the wall and figure it out as you went??

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Man im glad those pants are way before my time.. when i was 16 i was channeling minitrucks and installing airbags. but i had a decent hair cut ... now back to the topic. you have to start somewhere we all did at some point.. even experienced bodymen are getting more experienced by the day.. i say jump in and go for it. start with replaceable parts and work ur way up until ur comfortable. but if i were u i would stay away from glueing in filler panels.. i perosnally have never done that but i cant see it competing with a good ole mig welder.
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Both of which caught my eye.... time creeps up on us in a bad way... until yesterday i for some reason or another thought i was a year younger than I am, of course my wife set me straight

That was cool to start that young and chopping a top to boot. Did you have anyone to help you along like your father or a mentor so to speak who did bw or did you just go at it balls to the wall and figure it out as you went??

Matthew
Matthew, I have been posting those pictures on different forums for a number of years, the pants are ALWAYS mentioned. I personally miss those days when you went to school looking well dressed (even if the "style" was kinda crazy) unlike today when the style is looking like a crack head standing on the corner of a getto street with a "40" of King Cobra in your hand.

As far as a mentor, I had a number of people who were encouraging, but not a whole lot of teaching. I did have one guy who lived down the street from me who I watched build hot rods my whole life. When I told him I wanted to chop the top he gave me an old Rod and Custom (small pages from 1956 or so) and sent me to a friend who had chopped one. I borrowed a torch from one of the "cool" adults in the nieghborhood and went for it.

My brother recently found an old 8mm film with me sanding on the roof (1976) and even doing a little burn out! It looked like in the photo below. This is how I drove it to school. I was a rat rodder when rat rods weren't cool.

I had some Chuck Barry or Buddy Holly in the eight track and cruised.
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