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Metal Cutting Tools???

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Itali83, Aug 13, 2001.

  1. Itali83

    Itali83 1/2 ton status

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    I'm going to be cutting my rear floor out soon. I'm not worried about ruining the old floor becuase it is rusted piece of junk. I would take the whole thing out with wheel wells and all but I'm by myself doing this so cutting it up in 3 pieces sounds much better to me. I have a die grinder with cut off wheels but that'll take a year to do and lots of sparks. I'd like to get an air nibbler or something that acually cuts the metal quickly with little to no sparks. I have a nice air compressor so I'm not worried about how much air the tool usues or stuff like that. SO what should I get, any one have personal use with these things??? Thanks again. Oh by the way, I got a rusted rear floor and tail pan if anyone wants to buy it! lol
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    The rear floor is a bolt-in/spot welded in set-up! No real need to cut the whole thing. Just drill the spot welds on the wheel wells &amp; across the rear &amp; unbolt the front. The floor isn't very heavy to lift/drag out!! Someone did good a writeup on the floor replacement. Do a search for rear floor- part one or something like that!

    Good luck

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    air nibblers work great, but, you get what you pay for!!!
    make sure you get a set that is rated for heavier gauge metal than what you are cutting. cost is around 150

    It needs a bigger motor.
    what's in it now?
    doen't matter it NEEDS A BIGGER MOTOR
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  4. Itali83

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    Brian, I realize what holds the floor in, I'm just trying to make life easier for me. I'm gonna be by myself, with the top still on, I don'w really want to wrestle with a whole floor, smash my top with it or something like that, plus once you buy something like that, you'll always use it. Thanks
    Ben 87 Jimmy
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  5. Boss

    Boss 1/2 ton status Author

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    Dude,

    Get a good sawzall. That'll cut your $hit up with no sweat. Just get some good metal cutting blades for the job.
    Boss

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  6. Brian 89KBlazer

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    Good point Ben!! Any excuse to get new tools!! [​IMG]
    My top is off for my frame-off &amp; my body will be on workhorses, clear of the frame too so it'll be a lot easier for me! I also need mine intact to use as a pattern for the new floor I'm having made

    Good Luck

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    Oh yea, the trusty sawzall. We do have a nice one. I'll probally use that if I don't get a nibbler. Thanks again guys!!!!
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    I second the saws-all, HOWEVER, you need to make sure that its not going to cut anything of importance on the otherside!!!

    Does anyone have a grinding disk I can borrow?[​IMG]3/4 in progress[​IMG]
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    sawzall's hack up exhaust real well too.. hehe



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  10. plk33

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    Get an air chisel with a sheet metal cutting tip. Inexpensive and cuts sheet mettal VERY quick and clean.
     
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    A sawzall will spark (not as much an a die grinder or cut-off wheel), and if there is any fuel leaks, well let's just say an air nibler would be a BETTER (maybe not the best) choice. It may not be as quick but is a real winner from a safety standpoint. Plus like he said, he already has a sawzall, so this is a great excuse to add to his tool collection [​IMG].

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    Get a good air chisel with a couple different chisels angles 4 prong, curved, they make all the difference in the world. Another big plus is there are no sparks but they sure make a racket.

    "Why is there a <font color=red>watermelon</font color=red> here?"
     
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    Thanks you guys!!! About how much am I looking to spend on these thingys?? Thanks again you all ROCK!!!!!!!
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    I just used a jig saw with metal cutting blades. I bent a blade each time I slightly lifted the saw off the floorboard but it worked great.

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    So I says to him, I said, "get your own monkey."
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    You could always use this as an excuse to get a plasma cutter!
     
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    Steel chisel, steel workpiece... Yes, there will be sparks. Nowhere near as much as a cutoff wheel, but there WILL be sparks. Enough to be a problem? Probably not.

    It's always darkest just before it goes pitch-black...
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    Personally, I would remove the tank to do this job (tail pan swap, etc). It will be much easier with the tank out of the way. So, sparks shouldn't really be an issue.
    Boss

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