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Anyone ever Replace the "REAR" quarter panel?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Lazydog, Dec 18, 2002.

  1. Lazydog

    Lazydog 1/2 ton status

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    Anyone ever Replace the \"REAR\" quarter panel?

    I just bought the spot weld drill bit from Eastwood and was wondering if anyone has ever removed the rear quarter panel this way before. I bought the panel from a junk yard for $100.00. They just used a sawsall and cut the whole section out. I requested the panel that way so I could drill it out and see how to take it off before I destroy my truck. If anyone has done this I'll take suggestions and recommendations. Thanks
     
  2. JK5

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    Re: Anyone ever Replace the \"REAR\" quarter panel?

    I've done 1/4's before.....used 1/4's also.....and used a spot weld drill....

    Are you working on a pick-up?

    The spot weld drills work good for about 20 holes and the small holesaw wears out...get a couple extra. Also make sure the spring loaded pin is sharp...otherwise it will walk on you.

    The 1/4 install is easy.....but getting those parts cleaned and ready for install will take time and patients.
     
  3. Lazydog

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    Re: Anyone ever Replace the \"REAR\" quarter panel?

    It's on My Jimmy. The Drill bit is made special for spot welds. The Description on the Eastwood site says good for 300 spot welds. I'm gonna try a spot welder we have here at work to reattach.
     
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    Re: Anyone ever Replace the \"REAR\" quarter panel?

    That is one I use.....

    300 spot welds....may be an overstatement......after the first 20......you find it will start to wear out....but it will work....just not as well.

    I use a small 110v MIG.....but that spot welder will work just fine.
     
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    Re: Anyone ever Replace the \"REAR\" quarter panel?

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    The spot weld drills work good for about 20 holes and the small holesaw wears out...get a couple extra.

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    Use cutting oil and they last much longer. too fast of speed also wears them out faster. 500 RPM is plenty. Motor oil will work for a lubricant but the real cutting oil is a little thicker
     
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    Re: Anyone ever Replace the \"REAR\" quarter panel?

    Your doing it the hard way. Most of the rear quarter is bolt on if you take the inner section with it. Only place it would need to be welded is along the door opening and there is a couple spot welds by the gate. Where it meets the floor and fender tub well it's just a bunch of bolts.
     
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    Re: Anyone ever Replace the \"REAR\" quarter panel?

    Oh sure cutting oil will add life.....I run the drill as slow as possible, is all I do.

    I guess I'm always Nervous when oil and silicone products are present when doing bodywork......Paint is much more expensive than the spot weld drill. Adhesion and fisheye problems SUCK!!!
     
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    Re: Anyone ever Replace the \"REAR\" quarter panel?

    Grim's right!!! The Jimmys and Blazers are bolt-on.

    To take the old one off.....first unbolt it..they are about 20 bolts that are located on the inside of the inner wheel tub and the bed floor (outside of the truck)....once you take those off the 1/4, it should almost fall off, except for the door jam spot welds. I'd make a cut along the edge of the 1/4, then remove-it. Next I would take a screwdriver and pry the steel up between the welds, then make a cut between them. Then fold the steel up around the spot weld and grab the steel with some vise-grips and twist. That will break the spot weld without damaging the door jam.

    As far as the replacement 1/4 goes......I'd just use a 5/16" drill.....because there is no reason to save the jam.
     
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    Yeah that's true too about the oil.
    Stupid lacky at the paint shop was sniffing starting fluid and got it on the hood of my car just before it went into the booth. The shop took care of it but it was a bunch of crap waithing a couple extra day's.
     
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    Okay that is some good information. If I drill the spot welds in the door jam, and tailgate area and unbolt the floor the whole quarter and inner fender will come off as one? Is there any attachment to the top of the fender under the top?. It actually sounds preety easy the way your describing it. I hate to use the word "easy" though.
     
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    That Sucks.....But its good they got it right for you.

    Painting can be Frustrating....so being very careful with oil products is key.
     
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    Here is the inside of a factory 1/4. This will give you idea what you need to SAVE on your used one.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Re: Anyone ever Replace the \"REAR\" quarter panel?

    Does anyone have any pics of the quarters coming off of the vehicle? I thought about redoing mine but I figured it was too much of a pain to do. If it isnt, I might look for some at the local scrap yards. /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    Re: Anyone ever Replace the \"REAR\" quarter panel?

    If I don't get in a hurry, I was thinking about documenting the repair with pictures. I'm thinking of posting the pics to a web site and then posting the link here. That's a good pic JK. It looks like when it is removed there will be no bed side. Is that right?
     
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    That is right!!!
     
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    Re: Anyone ever Replace the \"REAR\" quarter panel?

    Send a PM to Blazer_Boy. He's done this swap and has pics posted online. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
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    Re: Anyone ever Replace the \"REAR\" quarter panel?

    Hey man, haven't seen you in a while. After working on crap 24-7 up at the shop, I havent been in mood lately to come online and read about more crap that needs fixed. I suppose I should finish the Blaze one of these days. Just needs carpet, seat, trim panels, and undercoating /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif Now we need to up the motor a pinch too, haha. I'm fighting the battle of bulge with my shortbox. Its only doing 12 MPG. So I checked the air in the tires, upped the thermostat from 180 to 195, and got the thermal vac switch to back off and open the air inlet tube when the engine is warm. Gone three-wheeler crazy too! I love those tippy things!
     
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    Wish I could see the pictures in this post :confused:
     
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    these photos where lost in the first introweb implosion in the great year of 2000 ought something....

    for the ancient post, which I hadn't previously seen, record....

















    VEHICLES HAVE FRONT FENDERS AND QUARTER PANELS!!!!!!!

    NOT FRONT QRTER PANELS OR REAR FENDERS DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!

    making old bodymen roll over in there grave with that chit....... :haha:
     

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