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Old 10-12-2013, 01:49 AM
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weld pull plate tips

The boss went in on a trailer with the owner of this truck so he's trying to pay it off with work. If you have ever taken these fenders off you know why we tried to save this fender. I didn't spend too much time on this one. Just a quick rough up but the basic principles on pull plates may come useful to somebody tired of hearing , "weld a plate, pull, hammer."

what happened to the edge of that fender? This is pasted!



you kidding me? I'll pay for a fender myself! They are cheap!



I'll release some pressure here before welding on my plate.


so after releasing some pressure I had to find where the lower fender edge was. It was pasted so hard I had to feel carefully with my fingertips for the slight ripple which once was the edge of the fender. I scribed the edge, marking the area for me to weld a metal plate to. The key is to bend the metal plate and shave the metal plate to match the contour of the area being pulled.







one of the first things you want to do is keep an eye on the tack weld on the outside of the plate, since these are the areas that pull even the quickest. Once the outside tack is even with the surrounding surface you cut the weld and continue pulling til you have to cut your next outside tack. This results in a far better repair.







finished it off by welding a bead around the edge and grinding and filing it smooth.






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nice work tech69. i can not believe it took only 11 pictures to fix it LOL!!
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:40 AM
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That came out great! What are all the weld marks above the plate? Did you make other pulls before the one shown?

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Henry, That is the difference between a professional that knows the tricks of the trade and us common people. I never would have thought about doing that that way.

Thank you so much for posting that. What a great method, not to mention the excellent results.

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thanks, but a pro would have just put on a new one-lol but I enjoy the thrill in going for it. It was a tough one. Some ideas that were bouncing around were to park it at an angle by the roll up door opening and tie a chain around the opening and adjacent door opening, get a clamp and comealong and pull it. I said I'd consider after trying something less time consuming. I wasn't sure a slide hammer and plate had enough in them to pull the damage out but it came right out.

s10xgm, the welds on the back are to hold the vice grips.
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...s10xgm, the welds on the back are to hold the vice grips.
Talking about the weld/dimple looking marks on the fender about 4 - 8 inches above where the plate is welded on...

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Talking about the weld/dimple looking marks on the fender about 4 - 8 inches above where the plate is welded on...

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I believe he is asking about the dimples left from a stud welder above the pull area, Henry.

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I believe he is asking about the dimples left from a stud welder above the pull area, Henry.

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Thanks, John. I overlooked that they could be (and prolly are) pull-stud welds thinking that pull plate might have been used up there...

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Henry, your thought process on welding all the welds, then pulling and cutting the welds away that is where it needs to be, then pulling, then cutting more welds until you have a straight line is absolutely brilliant! I go about it differently and what you laid out there is better, and is damn side better, very good stuff!

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Henry, your thought process on welding all the welds, then pulling and cutting the welds away that is where it needs to be, then pulling, then cutting more welds until you have a straight line is absolutely brilliant! I go about it differently and what you laid out there is better, and is damn side better, very good stuff!

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Agreed, I would have never thought of that. Really, really cool. I was telling some of the guys about it at the picnic yesterday.

I can guarantee I will remember it.

Another thumbs up for Henry.

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Excellent tip on the multiple welds /pulling / cutting technique. Going to put that one in my file cabinet of tricks of the trade

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