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Old 07-17-2021, 02:29 PM   #1
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Default Welding & Metal Fabrication needed

The lower rear 'rocker panel' of my car are rusted out and need replacing.
That said, I'm looking for someone who can do metal fabrication to make new metal/aluminum panel pieces and weld them to car.

Any recommendations are appreciated !

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Old 07-17-2021, 06:30 PM   #2
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There used to be a metal shop somewhere near the Laconia airport and Lowe's in Gilford as I recall. That was over 10 years ago. Not sure if place still there.
They did metal cutting and fabrication.
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Old 07-17-2021, 07:04 PM   #3
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The lower rear 'rocker panel' of my car are rusted out and need replacing.
That said, I'm looking for someone who can do metal fabrication to make new metal/aluminum panel pieces and weld them to car.

Any recommendations are appreciated !

Thanks......
Stephen’s Frame and Collision in Belmont. In 2020, had the driver side rocker panel replaced, in addition to some other rust repairs, along with new running boards. His work was excellent, on time and fairly priced.
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Old 07-19-2021, 08:37 AM   #4
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The lower rear 'rocker panel' of my car are rusted out and need replacing.
That said, I'm looking for someone who can do metal fabrication to make new metal/aluminum panel pieces and weld them to car.
If this is just replacement automotive body panels - then any automotive body shop can purchase these panels pre-made.
Many automotive body panels are actually made in Taiwan.

Now if your vehicle is a 1935 Pierce Arrow - that may require a machine shop.
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The lower rear 'rocker panel' of my car are rusted out and need replacing.
That said, I'm looking for someone who can do metal fabrication to make new metal/aluminum panel pieces and weld them to car.

Any recommendations are appreciated !

Thanks......
The rocker panels are "rusting" meaning they are typical steel sheet metal and you want someone who can make aluminum panels and weld them to the remaining steel. Is it possible to weld aluminum to steel? If so, is it practical / wise?
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Had a trailer welded to add supports / additional cross bars underneath at East Coast Welding over by the airport. (Go to the back of the building to find the office) Fair price and what looks to me like very good quality work. Can't hurt to stop by and talk to them.

1979 Lakeshore Road, Gilford, NH 03249
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Had a trailer welded to add supports / additional cross bars underneath at East Coast Welding over by the airport. (Go to the back of the building to find the office) Fair price and what looks to me like very good quality work. Can't hurt to stop by and talk to them.

1979 Lakeshore Road, Gilford, NH 03249
Excellent work and a fair price at East Coast Welding. The bad news is he is very busy and you may have to wait. I know he builds the aluminum frames for Watermark docks and just that is a significant amount of work.

I talked to Al, the owner, a couple of weeks ago about some work for me. Like everyone else in business, he is having trouble finding good help. But, it never hurts to ask.
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The rocker panels are "rusting" meaning they are typical steel sheet metal
As mentioned numerous times here.
If the vehicle had been oil undercoated. There would be no rust issue.
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Just had my “new to me truck” oil undercoating done. After two weeks it still smells. Guessing that goes away


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As mentioned numerous times here.
If the vehicle had been oil undercoated. There would be no rust issue.
I do appreciate the value of oil/undercoating but that is not to my point. The OP is suggesting welding new fabricated aluminum panels to steel. These are two very different metals. Is this really doable?
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Old 07-19-2021, 01:49 PM   #11
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Alum panels can be fabricated….but not welded to the original steel panels. Riveted or other fasteners yes, but not welded.
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Just had my “new to me truck” oil undercoating done. After two weeks it still smells. Guessing that goes away


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When mine was done I smelled that for at least two months….
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When mine was done I smelled that for at least two months….
And, how long does it leak oil on to your garage floor?
My point, really, is that my driveway is macadam, and probably couldn't stand oil leaking onto it for 2-3 weeks.
The idea of doing oil undercoating has appealed to me for quite a while, but I don't see a non-messy/viable way around the negatives.
Is that what the play is- saving the bottom of your vehicle v. putting up with a bunch of filthy, slimey crap?
Just wondering!
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Old 07-20-2021, 02:01 PM   #14
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And, how long does it leak oil on to your garage floor?
My point, really, is that my driveway is macadam, and probably couldn't stand oil leaking onto it for 2-3 weeks.
The idea of doing oil undercoating has appealed to me for quite a while, but I don't see a non-messy/viable way around the negatives.
Is that what the play is- saving the bottom of your vehicle v. putting up with a bunch of filthy, slimey crap?
Just wondering!
If you're the mechanic working on the chassis of an oily beast it's not enjoyable but then again neither is a rusty beast.
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If you're the mechanic working on the chassis of an oily beast it's not enjoyable but then again neither is a rusty beast.
Actually, the mechanics appreciated an oiled vehicle. As nuts and bolts will come off easier.

Yes. Those that think that the oil will not drip should not get this done. And just live with a rusty old car that will need multiple rusty items fixed or repaired.
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Metal Fabrication.
Across street from Ricker's Salvage in Tamworth, NH.

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