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bowtieorbust 09-13-2003 10:26 PM

Rust removal?
Just lookin for some sound advice about the prep work on my 76 c10 truck cab,i took thr liberty of cutting the rocker's pannel's and cab corner's out of my truck cab to save a few green back's.It's been some time since i've had a chance to install the new pannel's,so thing's got a bit rusty on me.I shot some primer over the metal after i cut the old one's out,but it's getting pretty rusty. I not the best body man out there by a long shot,so i need all the help i can get.Was wondering if i should use (Klean-Strip)product to rid the rust,or just sand blast.I've got a friend that will weld the pannals on for around $250.00.But i just know that he's not gonna tackle the rust the way i want it done,(please advise):confused:

ianhealey 09-13-2003 10:39 PM

i prefer sand blasting and it can be done DIY
how ever there are dangers of silicocis and secondly you may warp something with a build up of heati like to leave it to the pros . Why dont you rough it up with a sanding disk a little higher up and put a new cut through
the clean area with the angle grinder then you will have a nice preped area to weld to ive got a seventy five horse truck
its sitting there waiting its turn itneeds cab corners gaurds &bonnet (hood)

bowtieorbust 09-13-2003 11:00 PM

Point well taken.But body work is not my forte to say the least.Infact i purchast the (fire-power)stich welder from the East Wood co,and tried to use it and i kinda suck at it,if i might sayso myself.So i didnt want to invest in a (mig) just to find out i suck at that also.Although i do have a little thingamadoodle you buy a Eastwood with a hose to stick down into a bucket of media or sand,that hook's to the air compressor,you just point and shoot.:)

ianhealey 09-13-2003 11:56 PM

have a go at it but beware us plenty of
protective equiptment you only got 1 set of lungs
and eyes masks and gogells as for welding take a
look at gt 2betubbed he teaching himself its only practice

troy-curt 09-14-2003 01:25 AM

You already have the tools, use them wisely


adtkart 09-14-2003 09:13 AM

Let's be honest here. I know that there are some welders out there that won't like this, but. Welding is not rocket science. The easiest way to learn is practice, lots of it. Get some pieces of sheetmetal the same thickness as what you need to weld and practice. Weld them together and then break/cut them apart. At first they wil likely break apart at the welds. Later they will probably need to be cut apart. Look at the penetration and the appearance of the welds. Adjust your technique to get the results that you want/need. The main thing with welding body panels is to get penetration without burning thru and doing small sections at a time to prevent warping. Doing small sections also gives you a chance to see how you are doing.

Remember.... Metal, unlike wood, can be put back together, or made bigger, relatively easy. Replacing cab corners or rockers can always be fixed by someone else, if you figure out for sure that you cannot do it. It just may take a little more work.

Just think how you will feel if you do it yourself.

bowtieorbust 09-14-2003 09:42 AM

Point well taken. It's just that the only welding i've ever done is with that stich-ark welder,useing 1/6 rod's to weld body pannal's.
tried it and cant seam to get two pc. to stick together.Now Eastwood co. has a portable (mig) for $500.00 wich is a little beond the budgit at the moment.I can get my rocker's on for $250.00 and be done with it,it's just that after they are welded on,it's kinda hard to get behind them to deal with anykind of rust. Was just wondering what would be the best treatment for the hard to reach erea's of metal,before the pannal get's tacked on?:confused:

adtkart 09-14-2003 06:16 PM

Any time 2 panels are welded together, they should be coted with weld thru primer. It isn't a bad idea to have some kind of rust proofing/corrosion protection sprayed inside after it is done.

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