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Old 10-07-2003, 08:24 PM
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Question Patch panel replacement on frame or rotisserie?

Do you guys recommend replacing rusted areas with patch panels while the body is on the frame or can it be done on a rotisserie? I'm talking about a 1965 Chevelle which needs the following areas replaced due to rust:

Small area drivers side front floor.
Small area passengers side front floor.
small area drivers side rear floor.
All three trunk floor panels (left, center, right)
Lower quarter panels behind the wheel well.

Everything else, including the rocker panels are solid. I wouldn't even atempt it on a rotisserie if the rockers weren't solid, but they are. I would brace the door openings as well.

Keep in mind I'm not talking about filling and sanding the body smooth for paint, just panel replacement. It seems like it would be a much easier job on a rotisserie. What do you guys think? Anybody have any personnel experience?

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Before even putting it up on the retiserie i would make SURE the mount points your using to hold up the body are real good.
The rotiserie I'm using mounts to the last two body mount holes on the back. They are in the trunk. And the first two which happen to be welded to the front floor and firewall for me.
For me I would have to weld the trunk first then make sure the front body mounts would hold while I welded the new floor in. Otherwise the front floor would be next.
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The small patches on the doors should not be a problem, as the doors have their own frames. The floor and quarter panels, I personally would feel beter doing while on the frame to avoid any problems due to the body being stressed differently. It may sit differently when on the frame because of where it mounts instead of where it is lifted by the rotiserie.

Just my opinion.
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