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See how easy it is to install TABCO rust repair parts. Follow this step-by-step description of an actual side pannel installation.
Step 1
Use your TABCO side panel as a template.
Step 2
Mark the damaged portion of the body that needs to be cut out.
Step 3
Then, cut away the body panel with a nibbler.
Step 4
Take a body grinder to locate spot welds.
Step 5
Then remove spot welds with a drill.
Step 6
Use a body grinder to grind 4 inches beyond the cut.
Step 7
To flange the metal, creating an overlapping joint, use a joggle or crimper to recess the metal (approximately 1/2 inch wide).
Step 8
Now you can put your TABCO side panel in place. Insert removable fasteners or small sheetmetal screws to hold the side panel in position. Before you weld panel, remove galvaneal coating within two inches of the area to be welded.
Step 9
To limit warpage, stitchweld in 1 or 1 1/2 inch welds, 6 to 8 inches apart.
Step 10
Next, grind the high spots or weld beads flush with a body grinder. Avoid using too much pressure. It could cause warpage or heat distortion. Add body filler as needed, sand, prime and paint.
With TABCO rust repair parts and proper installation, the rust is gone and the repaired area looks as good as new.