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Old 09-08-2003, 12:19 AM
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Rocker Panel replacement ?

Gotta a question about rocker replacement,I cut out the old rocker's from my 85 GMC truck cab,along with the cab cornner's because of rust. I got new one's to weld back on,but dont know how to weld yet.I purchased a stitch welder and portable welder from the Eastwood CO, and thought i'd practice welding with 1/16 welding rod's on spare metal to lurn,but i suck at it and dont want to try it on my cab in fear of messing it up.So i was just wondering if i could just bolt them on or use rivit's.The cab is sitting on a 76 frame,and dont have a way to get it to a shop,nor can i aford it right now,Im open for any idea's from anyone who know's what there doin with this kind of work.THANX

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Find one of your buds or one of your buds dads with a mig welder and see if they will weld it for you. That way you can kill two birds with one stone. Getting it welded and getting a welding lesson to boot. There are quite a few people with welders out there it's just a matter of hooking up with the right one. Also look in the yellow pages as there are people that does portable welding and can do it on the spot. If you are in a rural area check with some of the farming neighbors as most farmers have welders to keep up with the repairs on their machinery. As far as welders go you should invest in a mig for body repair. You can get a good mig for a few hundred. One thing to remember is that if you get a mig MAKE SURE you get one with gas hookup. The gas shields the weld and makes for a much cleaner weld than using just flux wire. Good Luck.

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Rocker Panel Replacement?

Thank's for the good advice,it's just that a lot of money goes into a build up,and so far i have a lot into this one,i dident want to start down the rong road with getting slopy this far into the game.
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