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Speedracer92
Dirt Full Roller

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posted December 02, 2005 06:04 AM  
Need to gut out a metric monte and want to do it without making a mess out of anything. does anyone know of a good way to break the factory glue when stripping the inside layer off of the hood, trunk, roof, etc.? I have actually made a little dent or two in the hood trying to get that stuff broke off in the past, usually with a pry bar. Can you heat it up a little? What do you guys use to cut out the doors and quarter panels- plasma cutter? Any other suggestion would be appreciated. Thanks!

sideways
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posted December 02, 2005 06:22 AM  
I take a propane torch and heat up the spots on the back side of hood.Then on the doors 4 inch grinder to the edge(grinding not cutting) til ya see a "line" between the inner and outer panel then carefully separate the 2 also works well on hood.The quaters I use a saws all and a air chisel with a panel cutter.

ctfarm
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posted December 02, 2005 06:24 AM  
A torch works good on the glue,heat it up and slide a wide s****er under it.On the doors skins you can drill or cut the spot welds on the inside lip and they should come off.I've always cut the quarters off with an air chisel using a ripper bit.Just cut along the outer edges.


Speedracer92
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posted December 02, 2005 07:49 AM  
That will help alot, thanks guys!

sjakes
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posted December 02, 2005 09:58 AM  
Speed, I've always used a sawzall.

On the hood, use a long blade and lay it as flat as possible. The blade slices right through the glue, and no mess like if you would heat it with a torch.

Same thing with gutting doors/fenders. The only difference is that I use a shorter blade for these. The trick I have found is don't force the sawzall, let it cut freely and take your time and cut slowly to make sure the saw doesn't go in the direction you don't want it to.

Hope this helps.
Shawn

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Speedracer92
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posted December 02, 2005 10:44 AM  
I never thought of using a sawzall on the glue but that sounds like it is worth a try. Thanks!

Flying Jack Ace
Dirt Roller

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posted December 02, 2005 04:55 PM  
2nd sawzall...torch works as well but bubbles the paint if your not REAL careful..

johder
Dirt Maniac

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posted December 02, 2005 04:57 PM  
yeah i use a air saw, grinder, air nibbler, and a sawzall.

Steve Dupree
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posted December 02, 2005 05:27 PM  
Well i see you are back there sjake. As far as ? sawsall, torch on inside with a puddy knife and hammer. Or if you use industrial paint remover and leave it it will soften it right up. All of above works real well

racer17j
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posted December 02, 2005 05:40 PM  
I personally prefer a plasma cutter. Clean cuts and it cuts pretty fast too.

jay116
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posted December 03, 2005 08:19 AM  
lol plus a plasma cutter will burn right thru the spots in the hood where the glue is.

poorboy racing 53
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posted December 03, 2005 06:38 PM  
Yeah it was kinda spendy. I saved a little each month last year and got it. It's one of the best things I ever bought. I cut the raised portion of the hood bracing off then go back with a hack saw blade and cut the glue. No holes.

sjakes
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posted December 05, 2005 05:50 AM  
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Originally posted by Steve Dupree:
Well i see you are back there sjake. As far as ? sawsall, torch on inside with a puddy knife and hammer. Or if you use industrial paint remover and leave it it will soften it right up. All of above works real well

lol, yeppers Steve, back finally... well kind of back. I can post from work, but ip is locked out from home.... but something is better than nothing. I think Jammin just has finish up the home IP.

Thanks for all your help!!!

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DeanHensler
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posted December 06, 2005 05:43 PM  
When heating the under side of the hood with the propane torch should the skin just come right off, or do you have to beat on it? I've been trying this for an hour now and have several dents in my hood. I'm clearly screwing it up.

sideways
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Total posts: 737
posted December 06, 2005 05:53 PM  
Just heat the "braceing"of the hood at spots where the glue is.Start at one end after cutting the top panel loose,slightly pry on it as you heat it spot by spot.Go from one side to the other.

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