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Old 03-18-2012, 07:08 PM
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Quqrter panel removal

Can any one give me some pointers on removing a rear quarter panel on a 78 El Camino.

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I have a video of replacing a bedside. This will be a little different and you will need to section the side panel to roof area. However, the locating and drilling spot weld parts will be similar. This may not directly answer your question, but hopefully it will help you some.

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Thanks Donnie, is there a particular type of bit that is used.
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you can use a normal drill bit but this make life difficult as you'll drill through both panels so it makes plug welds more difficult.

Preferably over that you can get a spot weld cutter bit, which is basically a little quarter inch hole saw. Maybe I don't have a good one, but I hate my spot weld cutter bit, it jumps and skips all over the place before it gets started and is still really easy to cut through both panels.

My preferred method, and I was taught this by more than one body guy, is to take a 3 inch cut off wheel and grind the spot weld away by holding the wheel perpendicular to the spot weld and just going back and forth across it, stopping when you can see you've ground away the top panel and can now see the bottom panel. This leaves the bottom panel completely intact. This is assuming you're tossing the panel you're removing because it grinds away a lot of metal at each spot weld location.
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