How to deal with drilled holes...?

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How to deal with drilled holes...?

Postby livinginthepast » Fri May 15, 2009 10:34 pm

Just picked up a 61 Bugeye (soon to arrive from Cali) and the body is brilliantly clean - except for a couple of holes drilled by some lost generation of POs. There's a tiny screw hole in front of the current sideview mirror, and centered behind the seats, there is a (roughly 1/2" diameter) hole that looks like an antenna once lived there..(in addition to another antenna currently installed).

Question is - what to do about them? I want to go to paint soon, and I want to be able to make an informed decision when it comes time to have the body prepped.

Thanks!
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Re: How to deal with drilled holes...?

Postby D.Valentino » Sat May 16, 2009 8:32 am

You have to weld them then grind them. The 1/2" hole you will need a plug to weld in.
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Re: How to deal with drilled holes...?

Postby livinginthepast » Sat May 16, 2009 11:07 am

Thanks - That's what I was assuming, but I wanted to throw it out there for a response to make sure. Now to line up the right person for the job...which I guess is the hardest part ;-)
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Re: How to deal with drilled holes...?

Postby Jim Gruber » Sat May 16, 2009 1:25 pm

Small holes simply put a galvanized sheet metal screw in there and attack with an angle grinder. I've both welded and ground down without welding. The heat of the angle grinder sort of melts everything together and I wonder if welding is even needed. Yes for the larger hole a plug would be needed.
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Re: How to deal with drilled holes...?

Postby whitephrog » Mon May 25, 2009 7:55 am

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