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Old 08-22-2008, 11:07 PM
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Shaved door handles-patch time!

Okay fellas, I shaved the door handles on my '74 Chevy P/U,and I need some help.

I cut filler plates to fill the large holes where the door handles were, and I want to fill the holes where the old mirrors were screwed to the door. My question is, how is the best way to weld these up?

They are too large to just start melting the door with weld, do I fill them with scrap first & weld them up?

I did not warp the doors filling up the handle holes, & I don't want to melt the holes or warp the doors either. Help!

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Old 08-22-2008, 11:20 PM
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Try to find some washers the size of the holes from the mirror mounts and weld them in.
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Okay fellas, I shaved the door handles on my '74 Chevy P/U,and I need some help.

I cut filler plates to fill the large holes where the door handles were, and I want to fill the holes where the old mirrors were screwed to the door. My question is, how is the best way to weld these up?

They are too large to just start melting the door with weld, do I fill them with scrap first & weld them up?

I did not warp the doors filling up the handle holes, & I don't want to melt the holes or warp the doors either. Help!
If you can access the holes from the backside, hold a piece of copper across the hole, and start welding up the hole from the front side as you would a plug-weld. The weld wont stick to the copper, the copper will form a base to contain the weld puddle. I had to weld up 8 such holes on each of my doors where the previous owner(s) must have tried various mirrors! I used this technique and it worked great. Hope this helps.

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wasn't as bad as I thought

I placed some scrap into the holes for filler, tacked it down on one side, then cut off the excess before tacking down the other side.

I spot welded with my MIG, and water cooled after every weld. No warping at all!

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Old 08-24-2008, 12:10 AM
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shaved door handle

im glad you brought that up.im going to shave my 63 nova.thanks fellers.
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