Automotive Bodywork and Rust Repair

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Automotive Bodywork and Rust Repair teaches you how to select the proper tools for the job, common-sense approaches to the task ahead of you, preparing and cleaning sheet metal, section fabrications and repair patches, welding options such as gas and electric, forming, fitting and smoothing, cutting metal, final metal finishing, including filling and sanding, the secrets of lead filling, making panels fit properly, and more. It also includes a comprehensive resource guide.

What You Should Know Before You Start
Panel Types, Configurations and Reinforcements
Autobody Steel
Plasticity and Elasticity
Work Hardening: The Metal Remembers
At the Factory and Afterward
Necessary Tools and Equipment
General Considerations

Limits of Materials, Equipment and Skills
Inherent Advantages
Divide and Conquer

Types of Jobs
Damage Repair
Small Rust Repairs
Small Patch Piece Welding Methods

Cleaning, Modeling and Cutting
Preparing and Cleaning Sheetmetal
Cutting Panel Materials
Getting Shapes and Contours Right

Forming, Fitting and Smoothing
Simple Tools and Equipment
Applying Plasticity/Elasticity, Work Hardening and Annealing
Hammering Techniques that Work
Bending, Beading and Prying
Power Forming
Pulling Approaches to Moving Metal
Smoothing, Stretching, Shrinking and Forming Operations

Bumping to Move the Metal the Right Way

Metal Finishing
Indicating, Feeling and Other Human Tools to Determine Panel Surfaces
Filing Done Right
The Art of Pick Hammering
The Disc Sanding Alternative

Welding Body Metal
Types of Joints
Welding Smaller Pieces into Large Constructions
Electric Welding

The Secrets of Lead Work
The Project
Applying Lead Filler Material
Applying Plastic Fillers

Special Projects and Procedures
Fabricating a Splash Shield for a Ford Amphibian
Making Panels and Trim Fit
Quarter-Panel Replacement
Door Re-Skinning
Hanging Doors
Mounting and Adjusting Trim

Before you Paint
The Danger from Behind

Minor Rust Repair to a Fender Edge
The Approach
The First Step: Evaluation
Removing the Bad Metal
Planning and Modeling the Repair
Cutting and Forming the Metal Patches
Final Fitting
Welding Considerations
Cleaning, Positioning, Fixturing and Welding
Grinding the Weld Beads and Shrinking the Bulged Area
Final Steps before Filling
Applying the Lead Filler
Shaping the Lead and Finishing the Job

Repairing Collision Damage in a Decklid
The Approach
The Early Steps
Metal Finishing

Whether you want to tackle a full restoration project, or just want to save money by doing minor repairs yourself, Automotive Bodywork and Rust Repair is the book to get you through it.

product details

  • Publisher: Cartech, Inc.
  • ISBN: 1932494979 (1-932-49497-9)
  • ISBN-13: 9781932494976 (978-1-932-49497-6)
  • Format: Softcover, 166 pages
  • Date Published: 2009


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