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Old 11-16-2017, 07:52 PM
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A motorhome friend came to see me today with an interesting problem. He has the Vogue Diesel Pusher motorhome from the early '90's and had backed into a post and crunched the engine cooling louvers.

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The louvers were welded into a bracket then into a U channel frame and then welded TO the frame. I THINK the material was 5052 aluminum but it was pretty stiff, There was a turned and flattened lip on the outside. I spent a while thinking out to attack the problem and finally decided that I could cut the worst 3 in half and then cut them loose. After that, it was straight hammer and dolly work. The other bent ones were able to be straightened without removing them. Once everything was straightened, I TIGGED it back in place and cleaned up the welds with some Vixen files.

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My friend will have it soda blasted and then painted in the correct colors.
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Old 11-17-2017, 05:43 AM
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Looks like it turned out great, he should be very happy.
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Old 11-17-2017, 10:12 AM
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With the right equipment, doing those "flat" repairs is lots easier than going at it without ...
You got that nice straight look back, Kerry.
(tigged with 5356 filler?)
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Old 11-17-2017, 10:37 AM
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...(tigged with 5356 filler?)
No, I used what was on hand...4043. Seemed to weld fine, nice puddle and flowout.
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Old 11-18-2017, 04:47 AM
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Worked out well Kerry.
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Old 11-18-2017, 12:33 PM
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Looks good Kerry!
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Old 11-18-2017, 06:20 PM
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Kerry, Looks great, and you saved the owner a fortune!

I did a two-panel replacement job on an aluminum motor home a couple of years ago. The owner told me what replacement panels cost, and it was in the thousands. I wheeled him two panels for much less than $1k. Surprising amount of crown in those thing at the corners.

He wanted to use original style pop-rivets to attach the panels, and they were 70 cents each!
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Nice work Kerry.
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