Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Saw a really cool presentation by a professional sheet metal welder/car restorer a few years ago.
He does HIGH dollar restores on old cars (mostly rarer MG's) for a living, and had a pretty cool technique for welding in replacement panels.
He tacks the panel on one end, and sets a widening gap along the length of the panel. He supports the far end of the panel on something then.
Basically, he starts his stitch welds on one side, and just keeps going, using the welded part like a hinge.
The welding pulls the metal up into place by the time he has reached the far end of the panel.
Basically, what I am trying to say is this. He starts with the panel not aligned properly, and lets the welding pull it into place, so he has no waves or heat distortion in the panel when he is done.
Not necessarily applicable on flat Jeep panels, but just thought it was pretty cool.