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Att. fender hackers

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Z3PR, Dec 27, 2003.

  1. Z3PR

    Z3PR Banned

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    Has anyone trimmed thier fenders with a Dremmel using a cut off wheel ??? I've got some rusty virgin sheet metal to deal with, so I'm thinking, just trim them to make room for the larger tires.
     
  2. DougK20

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    No, but I use my dremel (grinder bit) to smooth out the rough edges caused by my sawzall. Works great for that!
     
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    im prety sure that will wear down too fast. it would probally take a long time too. when i did mine i forgot to clean off the fillings and now my white blazer has brown spots on it.
     
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    Last time I trimmed I used a jig saw or saber saw. I have access to a air one that works kinda like a turkey carver. Works pretty slick. really narrow blade so it makes easy turns and moves fast enough that you don't have to keep the guide against the metal. Just like taking a pocket knife and cutting.
     
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    I used a cut off wheel on my craftmen rotory tool (same thing) to cut a 2.5" whole in a piece of thin metal and it took several wheels and 20 minutes. I couldn't imagin trying to trim the fenders with one (the metal is alot thicker). I used a sawzall and it still took half hour, then another 30 minutes with a flap wheel ont he grinder to smooth out the rough spots. Using a Dremmel sounds like a weekend project. How much are you trimming?

    I would look at one of the spiral bits for sheet metal and go from there. I didn't have much luck with the one I tried to cut the radio hole out with though. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
  6. Z3PR

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    Never trimmed fenders befor. Sounds like a sawzall might be the better choice, and then the Dremmel to smooth things out.
     
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    it'll burn out. spring for the right tools.
     
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    I want to get one of those air saws, you know like a sawzall powered by air, Looks like it will be better for lots of cutting, I believe thats what Zakk used on his rig if I remember right.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    I want to get one of those air saws, you know like a sawzall powered by air, Looks like it will be better for lots of cutting, I believe thats what Zakk used on his rig if I remember right.

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    I used the air saw on my rig, just trim the blade down to stick out about a 1/4" and your ready to hack.
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    man i love seeing pics of that truck its so sweet! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    I can't wait to get to see it in person, then again I can't wait to see any bodies rig in one piece, getting used to just having a frame on jackstands.
     
  12. tRustyK5

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    I used a 4.5" grinder with a "Zip-cut" disc (1/16" thick). To smooth the sharpies out I used a flap wheel disc on the same grinder. The cuts turned out real smooth and it didn't tear up the edges at all.

    Rene
     
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    I used a larger version of a dremil in the form of a die grinder. I felt like i had more control, but i did use a hand full of blades and it tried to burn the paint so i ran the garden hose over it to keep the paint cool. but boy did i get wet.
     
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    I used the Dremel to clean up after my angle grinder. I went through almost a whole container of those little disks. Sawzall or body saw has gotta be the best way to go... (or air nibbler if you can afford one!)
     
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    Die grinder with a cut-off wheel is what I used, dremel might be good for cutting fenders on a Hotwheels blazer but definitely undersize and underpowered for real fullsize vehicle.
     
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    Yunit, were you the one that posted that pic (or a link to it) with a drawing showing the measurements detailing how you cut your fenders?
    If so I'd like see it again, if you don't mind....
     
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    If you use a saw-all...
    PRACTICE first... /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
    It cuts so well...its easy to get out of control.. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    dude .....ALL HAIL THE ALMIGHTY SAWZALL.....
    Hacking fenders is easy..just get some masking tape to out line the cuts, and let it rip...Beware...Because if not careful it will get out of hand quickly, and look like chit..
    Take your time.....

    ALL HAIL THE ALMIGHTY SAWZALL
    TWISTING DRIVESHAFTS SINCE '00
     
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    Die grinder, air shears, or best of all PLASMA CUTTER.
    Just finshing mine. all that left is some grinder work. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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