Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:22 pm Post subject: M38 hat channel removal
The hat channels appear from the paint to be original but they have rusted through. I know I can get replacements but my question is how to remove the old ones. I was thinking cutting wheel to remove the actual box section and then grinder to remove the sides welded to the tub but I was wondering if they were spot welded and if so is it possible to chisel under the welds and just break them? Wes K, I do have pictures but donít have a computer to upload them, only my iPad, sorry. _________________ Gary
M38 - June 1952
They are spot welded. Easiest for me was buying a spot weld cutting tool.
Locate a spot weld, center punch it and use the tool to drill through the hat channel (only) from the hat channel side. Piece of cake. _________________ '52 Dodge M37, '42 GPW, '48 FrankenJeep CJ2A/M38, '50 CJV-35(U), '51 M38, '42 WC-57 Command Car, '44 WC-51 Weapons , (2) M1941 Sperry 60" Anti-Aircraft Searchlights, John Deere M-gator, '44 White M3A1 Scout Car
Those hat channels are spot welded. Common removal procedure is to locate each spot weld and using a drill bit larger in diameter than the spot weld, dril it out. Yes, it is boring but a lot easier than a chisel process. _________________ Wes K
45 MB, 51 M38, 54 M37, 66 M101A1, 60 CJ5, 76 DJ5D, 47Bantam T3-C & 5? M100
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Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:57 pm Post subject:
Probably the wrong place but since the subject was breached...
I regularly upload photos from my iPhone. If your photos are on your laptop I see no reason that wonít work either.
The biggest problem is your photos are probably too big for the site. Just resize them down and save again under a different name. I use the same name but add crop in the title. You can use Paint to resize them.
If you read the rules for posting and loading photos that I sent to everyone with a photo album here the size is limited to a maximum of 250K for photo put in a post. The albums are limited to under 500K.
I sent this to everyone that has an album on our web site. The tutorial for posting photos in posts is on the web page Photo Posting & Gallery requests/problems which I think is self explanatory.
Here's your album:
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Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:16 pm Post subject:
I agree,the small belt sander works great and is also good for dressing up the plug welds on the new hat channel...just make sure you buy lots of extra belts as you will go through them fast. 80 grit for fast cutting and 120 grit for finish work.
Mike B _________________ Mike B
1953 M38A1 Brush Truck
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