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Old 05-03-2014, 09:36 AM
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I didnt give up but I think my impatience actually caused me more work. Im almost complete on one side but I think I might of slightly warped the entire door. Im also having a difficult time welding the new steel panels to the existing weaker metal on the doors. Whats giving me the most problem is the bottom of the doors where I didnt give the patch panel some extra so I can fold over like you detailed in the pictures. Im learning alot and next time I will make the extra effort in the beginning to take off the doors etc.. In the long run it will definitely save me some time.

Ill post more pictures in a bit if you guys promise not to laugh!. Im an Information Systems Analyst by trade and recently a College administrator this is just my weekend hobby/theraphy..
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:43 AM
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Post the pics please. Don't worry, if we laugh, you'll never know it.

As you have learned, when it comes to making a sheet metal patch, working slow is fast and working fast is slow.

I also learned this the hard way.
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don't be ashamed of your work, I work with a guy that's been doing the work for 30 years and your welds and work look much cleaner than his.
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That's actually pretty darn good....
I've found that trying to make a patch that's close work, takes more time then starting all over again so If you don't like it do it over ,you'll be surprised how much better and easier it is the second time around....Doing a front patch with the door on makes for a very tough time of it though...Just remember time is not an issue, enjoy every minute ,think about what it is your doing next before you get there....I can tell already you have what it takes and can do this so try it a second time starting from scratch.... BTW this would be a good time to do something about that rust inside the door before you start welding it on...

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Thank you.. and yes I did Ospho treat the entire inside lower section of the doors. Im already learning from one side and Im applying it to the second by taking my time and re-cutting the sheets if I find it not to fit perfectlythe first cut.
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Excellent. Keep plugging away slowly and things will work out well.
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Soooo.. for now , Im pretty sure I have warped the doors out in some areas thus creating high spots. Any technique on how to fix that?
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Soooo.. for now , Im pretty sure I have warped the doors out in some areas thus creating high spots. Any technique on how to fix that?
Spray some guide coat and sand it off showing the highs and lows.
Then post a pic.

If the panel you welded on was the proper shape, then the worst thing is shrinkage from the welding and can be fixed by lightly stretching on dolly.
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I plan on doing so before I quit and purchase replacement doors.. I will post some pics then.
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Dont give up yet...
Post some pics ,maybee we can help get this first one done and spot what you did wrong...My first skin patch wasnt very good either and it was warped bad (gas welded) but it did get fixed and stayed on the car...
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