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Old 04-17-2014, 01:00 AM
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Hi folks. In the next few weeks, I will be doing another rocker replacement on the right-side of the 2G Ram using a minimum of welding, and mostly structural body adhesive (glue) to accomplish the job. I did the left side last year as a learning experience, and it turned out well enough that I feel I can actually help some folks with this. I work at a car factory, and I can attest to today's body adhesives. The advantage of the glue is that the lower seam will be completely sealed, and should never rust. I will also be doing some mig plug welding that may help others in their skills. I am NOT a bodyman. Just a guy that reads, and watched Youtube videos for help. If some of you have interest in this, I will be happy to document it, and post a step-by-step on how I do it. After all, we are all here to either learn or share. Next month, I will be doing a rear wheel-arch repair the same way. If this is something you would like to see, let me know, and I will try to document it as well as possible. I'm glad to help if there is any interest. Laz.
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Sure, post up. As a retired boat builder, I agree, some incredible adhesives out there. Been able to keep my 05 pretty rust free with "Fluidfilm" and a "Counter-Act" rust buster.
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Thanks Hydrex. Began the dis-assembly today, pulling the fender and drilling spot-welds with a Blair spot-weld cutter. The door will have to come off to get full access. Lots of work, but great reward when it's done!
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Any pictures of the work?
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would like to see your step by step on the rear wheel arch i will have to do this repair hopefully this summer and have an idea in my head on how to do it but always good to see different perspectives on the repair
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Happy to help. I will try to put together a slideshow with notes. I started with a Sherman part as they are usually 1.2mm as opposed to some of the other MFR's that are 1mm thick. Usually you will find the inner metal wheel-well with some holes in it. patch it as you see fit. Some tools and materials are,
Spot-weld cutter, 5/16"
Weld-through primer
Seam sealer
Plug welding pliers
Spring clams (harbor freight)
Abrasive "flap-wheel" for your angle grinder. They make less heat
Thinnest cut-off disks you can find
Welding magnets

I'm not that good a posting pics, but I will try to make a thread in this section over the next week. I have plenty of pics from the job. Thanks for the kick-in-the-ass I needed to get going on this.
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