I took a welding class and was taught to butt weld panels. It is really
not hard to learn if you use a MIG welder. I had excellent results the
first time I tried it. While it is important to get the pieces to match
you should not attempt to but them up tight. a small gap is required to
allow for weld penetration. there is even a little clamp that will hold
the panels in alignment, but maintain the small gap. don't try to lay down
a continuous bead, put in stitches until the gap is filled. A continuous
bead is hard to do and may warp the metal.
I highly recommend a welding class, in 12 classes I learned MIG, TIG, and
oxy acetylene welding, plasma and oxy acetylene cutting from a pro. After
that, practice, practice... every piece of scrap metal I have is welded to
I was also told to avoid brazing on auto panels.
At 07:13 PM 1/10/2003 -0600, you wrote:
>A friend of mine that restores car worth hundreds of thousands of dollars
>told me this past month that he hates getting a car with brazed joints. He
>said the brazing material is very difficult to remove and will cause more
>problems than it will solve. He will not braze anything on a car, but he
>may be expecting more from his own work than we are from ours.
>I have a GT6+ with an area that was brazed in a previous repair. I plan to
>cut it out and replace the entire area with new metal. All round the
>brazing, the metal has corroded and cracked. All this happened because it
>changed the strength of the area and added a corrosive agent to the parent
>metal to add adhesion for the brazing.
>My advice is to avoid brazing.
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