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Patch Panel Q'sHave a Q about patch panel
I have a 74 Duster, and I've got a rust hole just behind the back wheel in the fender. Its too big to just grind & putty, and too small to replace the whole fender. But I can't seem to find a patch panel. Anyone know where I could find one? or maybe another solution....like would it be too hard to bend metal to its shape (since there is no lines getting in the way)
Just make the piece, and make it much bigger than you think you'll need. Or have your body shop do it. It doesn't really cost alot to heve them do it(not around here anyway) especially a flat area like that. Then have them weld it in right away!
I was wondering if I should weld the peice behind the fender, then putty it, or just cut a square in the fender (to get it away from the rust), then cut a peice of metal the size of that square, and weld, grind, putty. do you think that would work? I 'd like to do it myself though, not take it to a shop
Cut out all the rust. Make a patch to cover the whole. Weld and grind it and cover it with fiberglass filler then bondo.
I had the same problem with my 72 Charger. I took a piece of sheet metal into work and used the brake and roller they have in the maintenence dept. I bent a 75deg. lip on the bottom and a 15 bend 6in. up to form the body line and then rolled the rest a little bit to fit the form of the 1/4.