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Old 04-14-2004, 02:04 PM
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Need Advise-Cutting Body pannels

HELLO KIND FOLKS

I need to make several cuts in body panel parts so i can fit them to my application on this truck;;and i have never done this many before and have no way of how to go about it... the only thing i have ever cut was a few inches long--using a cut off wheel...

Can anyone please guide me into what tool i should use to make stright even cuts that are perfectly clean on both sides of the cut.... do i use a cut off wheel,,,or dy grinder. or those air tin snips....

I have well over 300 inches of material to cut- some cuts are on bends-some on folds.....and some were they lipped the material on the body panel....like wheel well coners and such....

some one told me to use a air snip cutter that body men use --as this will give me the best and cleanest cuts...

anyhelp would be welcome, as i have waited years to get these parts so i can fit them just right to my needs...

thanks ever so folks-and please let me know if and when you have the time

alaskan
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Old 04-14-2004, 02:20 PM
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The best tool I have personally used for this type of work is an air saw- a small bodied air tool/- case is about the size of a die grinder but has a spring guard and saw blade- Harbor Freight just had them on sale for $20 down from $40 ... but you can spend more for quality. It is easily manipulated into small compound curves. Blades are sharp enough and small enough for detail work. If the line is long and straight I use a strap and run the sawzall along it. Good luck!
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Old 04-14-2004, 04:35 PM
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A little more information as to what you are doing would be helpful. Pictures are always a huge help too!

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thanks for the help

i'll try to explain a little better for you to help.....i have 8 large body pannels from lmc and i am trying to figure a way to cut them down to encircle the lower half of this suburban hot rod.....with the cut down pieces......

in other words---these pieces are the actuall body panels....infront of both wheel wells---both rocker panela-infront and behind both rear wheels.....i am trying to cut them to fit exactly over the new body allready on the rod......

i have to cut them smaller so they will fit in--but the effect i am looking for is to cut out --flames and designs--in the over panels---then chrome them--and attach them on---again over the excisting panels---so the metalic blue paint shows through the flames cut out and chromed......

just to start on the rockers i have to make 4, 72 inch long cuts---this will make the piece lay over the orginal-allready on the rod----then from there i can get my final fit---and lay out the design and flames.....

if i can pull this off--i believe it will be a really cool new look-----chrome steel flames over the actuall body....with blue flames comming through the cut outs....

anyway thats the best way i can describe it for you to lend a hand on what to use to cut.......thanks and please let me know.....

alaskan
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