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stress fractures

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Icemanf4i, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. Icemanf4i

    Icemanf4i Registered Member

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    is there a way to reenforce or fix stress fractures on the tail gate along the top corners where the window drops into the tail gate. I noticed a very small fracture starting on the left side of the gate and i want to fix it before it gets worse.
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    got a welder?

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  3. Icemanf4i

    Icemanf4i Registered Member

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    no i couldnt weld it if i had to but if that is what it take i will take it and have it done would a machine shop or a welding or body shop be the best ???
     
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    I would say body shop
     
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    My idea would be to reinforce that from the inside...welding in a piece of metal that spreads the load around.

    I've got a tailgate in my backyard from an early 80's truck that has no cracks in it, I'm not sure exactly why MOST crack though...we know there is a lot of movement, but I think that it's got to do with the glass and it's fit in the shell. Truck gates don't crack.
     
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    I'd treat it like any other crack. Drill a small hole just beyond the end of the crack, V it out, weld it. Being its a body part then I'd carefully grind it smooth.
     
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    Or you could spend countless years searching for one of the 8 known to exist that have no cracks. There were 9 but I found one of them last year!
     
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