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Any tips before I break out the sawzall

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by wayne, Apr 29, 2002.

  1. wayne

    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    Going to be hacking the truck up this week. Any tips before I get started? Should I pull the inner fenders to hack them or leave them in? TIA.
     
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    Butch 1/2 ton status

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    On your fenders use a 24tpi blade to make smooth cuts. leave the inner fenders in place to cut them. Tape off your cut line to give you a good reference to go by and you can also get a better idea of the finished look.
     
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    cut off wheels give better lines w/ less warpage than a sawzall. it pains me to say that, being that the sawzall is my favorite tool of all time, but the truth hurts.

    A 4lb. sledge will work well for smoothing rought cornors gently too....
     
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    I used a cutoff wheel when I did mine also. Seems easier to control. You also don't cut into the inner wells accidentally.
    Martin--
     
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    Drive it to my house and I will make some nice pretty cuts for you. I used a cutoff wheel and an air powered recipricating saw, then I sanded the edges to get everything straight and smooth. Check them out in my gallery.

    BTW- the bender came in today.
     
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    One tip...if you're cutting some of the inner fender well out watch out for the E-brake cable. It rest on the backside of the inner. another vote for the cut-off wheel here...

    Wear eye protection...and hearing protection.

    Rene
     
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    and long sleeves too...i have burn holes in my shop sweater from all that hacking...but i used a torch too/forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     
  8. wayne

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    I am not to worried about slight warping since I will be rolling the edge in to have a place to attach my flares. I have plenty of cut off wheels and sawzall blades.
    I forgot all about the e brake cable being right behind there.
    Pete that would be a great idea if I had the time right now. I parked the truck for the week since I am working 3rd shift this week. I hope to get alot done on it this week if the weather lets up.
     
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