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Old 03-11-07, 11:03AM   #1
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I recieved several of my body replacement parts this week. I am replacing the trunk pan, rear wheel wells, taillight assmbly panel and full quarters.
My question is where do you recommend I start. Should i start from the outer parts and work in to the trunk or the reverse.
The trunk floor is in 3 pieces (pan and 2 drops) so do i need to brace the the car in any way?
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Old 03-11-07, 11:25PM   #2
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I would start on one side and do a quarter and wheel house on that side, do the other side next, then work the floor and tail panel. These cars have no seperate frame and rely on the body panels and the welded in frame rails to support the rear of the car. You don't say if your doing inner and outer wheel houses. The inners add lots of support due to the tie ins to the trunk hinge area, floor behind the rear seat, etc. Weld as much of that area as possible before you move on to the other side. Leaving the old trunk floor and tail panel till last will leave some means of support while the quarters are removed. Remember, one side at a time though. You can also use extra jack stands or build some wooded supports to place under the old rear panel to keep it from sagging while each quarter is off. Be ready for more rust and carnage than you can now see. Good luck
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Old 03-12-07, 07:35AM   #3
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Yes the wheel well will be getting replaced. I do plan on doing one section at a time,and bracing as much as I can. I thought Id start on the drivers quarter and then the passenger followed by the tail panel. the ove to the insid of the trunk and follow in the same direction working from the wheel wells (one at a time) to the drops and then the center of the pan.
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Is it okay if I use pop rivets to hold my panels together until I get my spot welds done and then drill them out?
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Is it okay if I use pop rivets to hold my panels together until I get my spot welds done and then drill them out?
I've seen it done and don't have a problem with it myself. A lot of guys use rivets for assembling aircraft panels, they're reusable but I don't recall what the name of them is at the moment. You need to remember to weld the holes shut though.
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clecos is one type........

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Those were the ones, thanks Jeff.
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