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Re: MM ZAU restoration

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03-06-2013 14:13:53

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JWL said: (quoted from post at 13:56:00 03/06/13) How did you manage to fix the sheet metal (hood and fenders) where they were all rusted out? We are working on a UTS right now and were wondering the best way to fix the tin on it (i.e. simply use body fill, cut out and weld in new material, put new material over old, etc.). I am just concerned about blending in new material with old and the warping that occurs when welding them together mainly so I am curious to know how you did it.

Thanks in advance for your help and nice work!!!

I am a bodyman by trade. I made patch panels with our presses and hammer/dolly. After forming the patches I welded them in. After the welds were ground I finished with a Bullseye pick and body file. I primed with epoxy primer followed with a high build primer, sanded , then painted. I didn't use any body filler on this tractor. I wish I had taken pics of the patches I made, but that was before I had a digital camera.

I just ran out to the shop and found a patch piece I made for the fenders. here are some pics.
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03-07-2013 06:01:43

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 Re: MM ZAU restoration in reply to Cjet, 03-06-2013 14:13:53  
Thanks for the reply and as previously mentioned, nice work.

How do you keep the thin metal from warping when you welded it? Did you Tig or Mig weld it and are there any tricks/tips you would give for welding such thin material?

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03-07-2013 09:58:14

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 Re: MM ZAU restoration in reply to JWL, 03-07-2013 06:01:43  
I used a MIG welder making short welds and moving around the patch until fully welded. Just take your time and the metal shouldn't distort much. If it does, do a little hammer and dolly work to staighten and some body filler if needed.

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