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Old 01-07-2012, 08:00 PM
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how far apart/how many plug welds should be on the bottom flange of this?

I have the piece of sheet metal that goes on the back of this patch panel ready to go
what is the standard for the distance, on the plug welds, that will go across the bottom flange?

1", 2", 3" apart?

then what? should I put some seam sealer on the inside?
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I used to spot weld in an auto plant...We were supposed to put a weld every inch or so.......
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the other pieces inside, above that panel, I punched the holes 1" apart
it seemed kinda close together, and I didnt know if I was going to weld all the holes or every other one
however, more is better than less
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I usually do them by eye ,whatever the factory did on that particular car.
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I usually do them by eye ,whatever the factory did on that particular car.
that part was rotted off , so I dont know what they were spaced at
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If its just a inside cover panel and not use for strength ever 2-3 inches should be fine.
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that part was rotted off , so I dont know what they were spaced at
About an inch to an inch and a half is standard. Look on the other side, or on some other area that isn't rotted away and you can see what they did there. But honestly, an inch to an inch and a half is pretty standard. Other than putting them four inches apart or a half inch apart you can't screw it up.

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Matt,Just to be clear ....spot or plug welds are only used on the perimeter to fasten the panel to the inner structure...If you did a repair to the inner structure itself by replacing a section , the seam should be a continuous weld ,then epoxy primed....just like doing a repair on the body skin ...there should be no need for a body sealer if there wasnt any there before...
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Matt,Just to be clear ....spot or plug welds are only used on the perimeter to fasten the panel to the inner structure...If you did a repair to the inner structure itself by replacing a section , the seam should be a continuous weld ,then epoxy primed....just like doing a repair on the body skin ...there should be no need for a body sealer if there wasnt any there before...
this was just to attach the piece behind, it across the bottom

there are 2 pieces behind it, one goes down and one goes up
I ended up going 1" apart

this part of the build (sheet metal etc.) has been making my brain hurt
I want to make sure I do it correctly, so I wasnt doing any of it, because I didnt want to screw it up

I have now decided, I dont care anymore, I am just going to do the best I can, and it just doesnt matter

I'm going to slap this thing together and drive it

I'm sure I'm doing parts of it wrong, but thats going to be someone elses problem, after I'm dead



thanks for the help, with the answers, guys
and any future info I might need


ALSO, IF ANY OF YOU GUYS, see me getting way off course in any of the pics.
PLEASE SAY SO, you wont hurt my feelings
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