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Old 04-25-2004, 09:19 PM
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Getting quarter panels off

I'm doing this job myself even though I've never done it before. I have a 69 camaro that I am replacing quarters on. The drivers side really needs a door jam, so I figured I would replace the full quarter which comes with the jam. Question is, how much spot welding will I have to get through? Is spot welded anywhere that is particularly hard to get to? Any one who has done it, if you have any tips, I'd be glad to hear from you...........Thanks
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Old 04-26-2004, 08:33 AM
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Lots of spot welds. The hardest to get at are the ones on the lower quarter panel where it is joined to the rocker on the inside, under the interior side panel. The wheel opening lip isn't fun either.
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Pick up a spot weld cutter and buy a bunch of spare bits for it.

The first part is to locate all the spot welds (which a light grinding off all pinch joints with a flapper wheel works good for). Then you must center punch each spot weld and use the cutter to broach them out. Be careful to not cut through both layers of steel. You will quickly learn how much pressure/time is needed to cut through only the quarter panel.

Cut out about 4-5 spot welds at a time then take a small chisel and see if you can pot up the panel around the spot welds to verify that you cut them sufficiently. Then continue on. It takes awhile to cut these out but it isn't too hard.

The hardest areas are the joints that are rusted. Being that you are working on a 69, you probably have a bunch of rusted pinch joints. Just be careful and try to retain as much steel on the car (ie just remove the quarter). Once the quarter is off you can determine the amount of repair needed to the wheel well, chassis, support, etc.

Plan on spending a full day per quarter for removal.

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Old 04-26-2004, 09:24 AM
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Good advice starquest,
I use a air saw and cut most of the quarter out right up next to the joints and welds, this helps by being able to see all around most of the welds, just take your time, and be extra careful if you use a hard disc grinder as the disc will catch the edges and explode the disc. By all means wear safety glasses.

You will wind up using every tool that you have by the time you are finished. You will learn on the first one, then they get easy.

As stated. remember the more metal you tear up the harder it is to install the new one.

If the new one goes all the way to the trunk lip, be careful with the lip and gutter in the trunk, they are tender, but you will need them. unless you have new ones. Good Luck,

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