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Unread 02-07-2010, 11:09 PM   #1
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tips need on cutting out rear wheel wells

i have cut out the little lip that is on the rear wheel well but i want to go bigger. i want them to match the front and i need some tip to reconnet the wheel well and the quater panel back to gether.

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Unread 02-07-2010, 11:34 PM   #2
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i would cut out the wheel wells where it starts to go flat, and get sheet metal and weld it in, connecting them together
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Unread 02-07-2010, 11:37 PM   #3
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You could also try some of the new adhesive bonding methods. They are strong enough to hold body panels on new cars and I haven't seen anyone try them here yet.
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Unread 02-08-2010, 03:42 AM   #4
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You could also try some of the new adhesive bonding methods. They are strong enough to hold body panels on new cars and I haven't seen anyone try them here yet.
I'm pretty sure the adhesives are NOT used for structural components of a unibody. If one cuts through the welds of the pinch seam I think welding would be be a safer way to go.
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Unread 02-08-2010, 07:46 AM   #5
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If you do go bigger than the original welds you are going to be doing a fair bit of welding to get new metal in place. I recently attempted opening up the rear of my 4-door and found it to be more work than I had originally planned for. The inner wheel well on the outer side is kind of conical shaped and requires alot of relief cuts to be able to bend and reach the outer quarter panel again.

If I were to do it again, I would cut the inner fenders where they come together and fab a new outside inner wheel well out of new sheet to weld in. The new metal would go from the inner well to the quarter panel.

just my opinion....hope it helps
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I'm pretty sure the adhesives are NOT used for structural components of a unibody. If one cuts through the welds of the pinch seam I think welding would be be a safer way to go.
Not sure I would agree. The outer skin on the Cherokee's rear end is no more structural than any other vehicle and they use the new adhesives to bond almost all of the skins on several new vehicles including the Camaros and Mustangs. I have seen some of this stuff in wrecked vehicles and the metal has torn before the bond broke. Also, in the stated application It would not likely be subjected to high stress. That is why there are only spot welds there in the first place. If it was a high stress structural area it would be seam welded.
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my dad has a body shop and we tested those kinds of adhesives by "glueing 1/4" plates together and the chain broke around 3500 pounds and the adhesive was still intact

i would use the adhesive before i would weld it, no warping is a major plus
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