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Is it possible to attach replacement metal without a welder?

I have some rust that needs to be cut out & replaced to keep from having to do the body filler thing every fall. Problem is, I don't own a welder. Is there an adhesive that would work for this or perhaps riveting the pieces in place? The areas are on the rocker panels right in front of the rear wheels so it wouldn't be large or heavy pieces. This would be on a daily driver nothing fancy, just trying to keep it going.

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structural adhesive

body shops and the factories now use adhesives on some patch panels and when doing it in the factory...I think it would depend if it was a unibody car. the rocker are part of the 'Frame' of a unibody and must be done right..
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Wurth and Fusor among others make a couple metal adheisives. Some of them are OEM approved, so they do work well.
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you can always use the pop rivet method. cheap easy and affective.
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Go to the Eastwood Company website and search their catalog for "panel bonding" they have adhesives as well as complete starter kits that would probably provide everything you need for your small repair.

http://eastwood.resultspage.com/sear...&submit=Search

Pop rivets alone will not do the trick because the overlapping seam is not sealed and will collect moisture and dirt, this will accelerate the rust and just lead to a bigger problem, I learned that over 30 years ago on my first 55 Chevy rustbucket, the one where I lost the bumperjack through the hole in the trunk floor.
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If using pop-rivets, don't use the aluminum ones. Use steel or stainless steel.
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Bonding sheetmetal panels

Hi SteveU,
I have to go along with Timothale on this one , my question on this would be if the car was of unitized construction ,or not . On a car with a FULL STEEL frame , hey....no problem. If it is a unitized construction car ( can you see a REAL frame BOLTED to the body = real frame) or is it just more sheetmetal WELDED to the body ?( unitized) If this car is unitized & the rockers are rusted out the ONLY correct way is to have someone with the PROPER welding equipment weld ( NOT GAS WELDED, OR BRAZED) complete NEW OEM rockers back in. We are not just talking about basic cosmetics here , the rockers on unitized cars IS the frame . The reason I say new OEM rockers on a unitized car is because the factory used a special steel in those rockers that give it far superior strength over plain old carbon steel . Don't mean to burst any bubbles here , but I have seen some real cobble jobs done on cars that should have NEVER been put back on the road after some backyard repairs . Thanks for letting me vent ! Just trying to keep the roads safe !!!
Good Luck ! Rick
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