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Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted September 24, 2002 07:27 AM UIN: 23
I recently bought a 85 monte carlo and i was wondering if anyone could help me out with info in how to feplace the quarter panels. Should I cut them off with a torch or what? thanks

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 122
posted September 24, 2002 09:24 AM
You should unbolt the fenders,and when you re-attach them just use 3 or four bolts.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted September 24, 2002 10:38 AM UIN: 23
Thanks smart *** . what I was trying to say in that last post was that I need tips on how to get the quarter off and a new one on with it being the least noticeable, because as you all know,looks are everything. Thanks for any help.

redneck racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 276
posted September 24, 2002 02:07 PM
Cut them off with a sawzall and pop rivet them on over the old ones, if your worried about looks tack weld them one and fiberglass them in it will look stock but much more work seeins there only gonna get destroyed. Eddie

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 89
posted September 24, 2002 04:35 PM
Keep the replacement panels process easy,but keep it clean.

Take your sawzall and cut the old pannel off leaving about 1 inches of old panel left to attach the replacement with. Take your vise grips and place the panel into position,get out your cordless drill and three sixths drill BITS and go to work.

For rivets use the three sixths big head alum. rivets which your can get at your racer supply house.

Don't get real carried away with bondo or fiberglass work because that panel just may get ripped off next week.

If you take your time and use your best effort,the panel will look very nice from the stand.

I cut may panels off with a Metabo Cut Off Grinder with a 6 inch cut off disc which works very well,but a sawzall works just as good.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 45
posted September 24, 2002 04:50 PM
One of the cleanest ways to cut off old panels is w/ a panel cutter. They run about $10-$15. You use them with an air hammer. If you have the hammer then this is the way to go. cuts like butter, clean cuts, cheap, and very fast. When you cut old panel mesure twice cut once! Leave enough old panel to reattach the new one two. To reattach you can spot weld and fill or rivet. I agree w/ Teamstertom, If you rivet use big head 3/16 rivets.
Good luck

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted September 24, 2002 05:04 PM UIN: 54865418
we have some good tips here i personally think rivits look like crap we always just weld them on and use light weight filler from napa makes it look real clean a weld is alot stronger them those dang rivits too . i have seen pleny of guys that have cars that rivit panels on and they look like they exsplode with very little contact

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 156
posted September 24, 2002 06:15 PM
i agree with 17j the rivites look like crap welding them on is the way to go and bondo covers it up real good and u can always cover bad body work with stickers or lettering

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