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Advice on Rampside panel replacement
Posted by: Pilotincommand ()
Date: November 09, 2013 01:12PM

Hello all,

I'm in full rust eradication mode on the '61 Rampside and I got a new panel for the driver's side of the bed. However, I can't determine how I would weld this new panel in. Top and bottom aren't a problem, but I can't see any way to get to the sides. Anyone done this before and have any guidance?



Thanks!

Darren Pralle - Rockville, MD
1961 Rampside


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Re: Advice on Rampside panel replacement
Posted by: gmgmtl ()
Date: November 09, 2013 02:11PM

Darren I have a video of the old panel being cut out, but not the new one being welded in.

[www.youtube.com]

If you need a panel for the bottom of your ramp the cut out panel works really well.

Gary Moore near KC Missouri

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Re: Advice on Rampside panel replacement
Posted by: Pilotincommand ()
Date: November 09, 2013 11:03PM

Gary

Thanks for the video. That's helpful, But it sure would be nice to understand what's involved in welding in the new panel. At this point, I'm tempted to simply cut out the rot and use the pieces of the panel to patch.

Darren Pralle - Rockville, MD
1961 Rampside


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Re: Advice on Rampside panel replacement
Posted by: SLlNKY ()
Date: November 09, 2013 11:44PM

take lots of pictures, i'll in this job next year. the video was great,

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Re: Advice on Rampside panel replacement
Posted by: rhysaccess ()
Date: November 10, 2013 04:54AM

Howdy all.

Some memories here. Seems that no matter how these Rampsides look - this panel is likely to be suspect. The replacement of mine is below -

Regards,
Rhys

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Re: Advice on Rampside panel replacement
Posted by: rhysaccess ()
Date: November 10, 2013 04:57AM

More pics

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Re: Advice on Rampside panel replacement
Posted by: Pilotincommand ()
Date: November 10, 2013 01:32PM

Rhys,

Thanks for the pictures, they're fantastic! I see you addressed my dilemma by leaving the edges of the panel in place, and butt welding the new panel to the existing flange/seam.

This is certain certainly a good option, but makes for a lot more welding and bodywork than would be required if you could simply replace the entire panel.

Darren Pralle - Rockville, MD
1961 Rampside


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Re: Advice on Rampside panel replacement
Posted by: gmgmtl ()
Date: November 10, 2013 02:29PM

The lower bracing for the panel had to be replaced on both sides on our truck.

Gary Moore near KC Missouri

"The internet: A magnificent new technology combining the credibility of
anonymous hearsay with the excitement of typing." Jon Stewart 2004

61 RedRampside 110 automatic
61 Green Rampside 102 4speed

Heart of America Corvair Owners Association
[www.HACOA.org]

Corvanatics
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Cactus Corvair Club
[www.cactuscorvairclub.com]

Google CORSA Chapter Map with links to chapter sites.
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Re: Advice on Rampside panel replacement
Posted by: Brizo ()
Date: November 10, 2013 06:59PM

Pilotincommand Wrote:
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> Rhys,
>
> Thanks for the pictures, they're fantastic! I see
> you addressed my dilemma by leaving the edges of
> the panel in place, and butt welding the new panel
> to the existing flange/seam.
>
> This is certain certainly a good option, but makes
> for a lot more welding and bodywork than would be
> required if you could simply replace the entire
> panel.
Maybe, maybe not. It'll also be a lot of work removing every bit of the old panel with out doing damage to the other panels, and then weld it back in and leave an original looking seam. In many cases, proper patches would be a far more practical way to go, but only you can be the judge of that.

Dan Brizendine,
'64 8door Greenbrier 140 PG. "In beautiful Wanamaker Indiana...with one stop light and 5 pizza shops"

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Re: Advice on Rampside panel replacement
Posted by: SLlNKY ()
Date: November 11, 2013 01:55AM

are all these the clarks panel or did someone find another source..
mine are rusty as a PO put spray foam inside openings which held moisture.

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Re: Advice on Rampside panel replacement
Posted by: Pilotincommand ()
Date: November 11, 2013 02:45AM

Slinky, mine is a Clark's panel.

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Re: Advice on Rampside panel replacement
Posted by: rhysaccess ()
Date: November 11, 2013 06:53AM

Mine was a bit of metal from a local fabricator.(I'm in Australia)

Rhys

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