FANTASTIC THREAD to all involved! Hats off to eldubb440 for a ton of insight and expertise. I'm just getting started replacing quarters/trunk pan/tail panel etc etc etc on my 69 Charger and this thread has proven invaluable. Thanks again!!!
I'll toss one thing in here that helped me.
When you go to weld the drops to the bottom of the quarter panel, there is NOT a lot
of room to maneuver there since you're welding from the drop side. I'm still sore from
crawling around under there welding and dressing 'em up afterwards.
I would suggest making some practice plug welds right before getting under the car
and get your whole process dialed in. Maybe even try it with your eyes closed (only
half way kidding). Actually doing it while looking at the weld at eye level is what I had
to do on a few of them that I couldn't really reach from the wheel well.
I don't buy in to Eastwood's "just pull the trigger for a second" to make a decent plug
weld, but I will say these nozzle and pliers came in handy for me. The nice thing about
having the nozzle is it keeps your tip distance consistent, and the plug weld pliers can
help control your motion as you're trying to "swirl" around to get a decent weld with
As hard as it is to get under there to do this, my limited experience is that it's pretty
hard to get decent weld penetration when MIG welding overhead that this is the best
way to go (plus eldubb says that's the way he does it, and he's da man). Thanks again
to eldubb for all the help.