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    Posted: 20-February-2012 at 8:36AM
I'm going to be cutting out floors and quater panels to save in case I buy a rusty car, but I don't know what saw to use any ideas?
I don't do body work, I have a shop do it so what's the best way to cut them out and what other panels are good to have on hand?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-February-2012 at 8:45AM
Plasma Cutter - #1 choice
Small high speed grinder with a cutoff wheel - #2 choice
Sawzall - #3 choice
Hacksaw, hammer & chisel all last resort.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-February-2012 at 8:46AM
Oh, and what metal to save? ANY OF IT, Lol.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-February-2012 at 9:09AM
Okay thanks I think I'm going to use a sawall
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-February-2012 at 9:35AM
I vote battery powered sawzall. I can't count how many times I've been at the junkyard and gone "DAMN, wish I had a cordless sawzall!"

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-February-2012 at 10:08AM
those battery power tools aren't as good as the cord one.
A sawzall is nice, but depending on what your cutting, you might need a cut off wheel first to be be able to open a space for the saw
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-February-2012 at 10:17AM
cutting up cars I use a sawzall with demolition metal cutting blade
 but as ilyes said sometimes you have to cut a stater slot to get the blade in so either an 
electric 4in grinder with cut-off disc or an air power die grinder with cut-off disc works well
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-February-2012 at 1:39PM
Originally posted by ilyes ilyes wrote:

those battery power tools aren't as good as the cord one.
A sawzall is nice, but depending on what your cutting, you might need a cut off wheel first to be be able to open a space for the saw


True. But. When you are standing here.


And the closest outlet is at that red barn back there............


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-February-2012 at 1:47PM
you got a point, just make sure batteries a full and in good working order, I got stuck countless time with dead/funky batteries
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-February-2012 at 1:47PM

What a waste of a 72 Torino wagon. If I were closer, I would get the glass out of it if it were still there. Anyway, I have used a sawzall with a cord the most.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-February-2012 at 2:31PM
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-February-2012 at 2:59PM
nah sawzall is faster then a grinder with cut-off disc as it has to grind away the metal and shoots sparks all over and the sawzall simply cuts the metal fast.Even a plasma cutter is no match for a sawzall with fresh demolition blades

Edited by 72 GTS 429 - 20-February-2012 at 3:00PM
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-February-2012 at 3:15PM

Aha !!!! eureka moment - I had to Google it to know what a “Sawzall” was.

We call them Jigsaws.

 

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-February-2012 at 3:20PM
GTW, it is still there. Need the glass?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-February-2012 at 3:22PM
Originally posted by 72 GTS 429 72 GTS 429 wrote:

nah sawzall is faster then a grinder with cut-off disc as it has to grind away the metal and shoots sparks all over and the sawzall simply cuts the metal fast.Even a plasma cutter is no match for a sawzall with fresh demolition blades

It does also waste less metal, I find the cut cleaner as well
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-February-2012 at 3:46PM
I need the long wagon only glass on the drivers side but I know nothing about shipping. There's also sort of streak looking things on my windshield where the wipers wiped. I'm wondering if I need a windshield now.

Edited by GTW - 20-February-2012 at 3:47PM
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-February-2012 at 4:03PM
Originally posted by kenneth kenneth wrote:

Aha !!!! eureka moment - I had to Google it to know what a “Sawzall” was.

We call them Jigsaws. 


 
no this is a jigsaw


the proper term is reciprocating saw
but Milwaukee call's theirs a Sawzall


Edited by 72 GTS 429 - 20-February-2012 at 4:07PM
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-February-2012 at 7:15PM
you can make an opening to start a sawzall by laying a screwdriver on egde kinda sideways and hitting it with a hammer. keep tapping away on the edge of the sidways screwdriver and it starts moving along like a can opener
 
obviously, start some ways out from the metal you want to stay nice, but it can be dollied back flat
 
i used a sawzall mostly, then trimmed with snips
 
 
as i recall there was a side grinder with a cut-off wheel involved too. i found the trick to the sawzall is to not just hold the trigger on full speed, it'll burn up the blade real quick. actually the slower you run the blade the better it cuts
 
 


Edited by Rockatansky - 20-February-2012 at 7:31PM
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21-February-2012 at 1:45AM
I have a Milwaukee Sawzall exactly like the one pictured. I've had it at least 15 years, cut hundreds of times with it and it still does great. Th issue with it is when cutting flimsy or thin metal, it will sometimes grab and bang the guard against the sheetmetal you are cutting - resulting in dented/bent metal. Also when working in a tight backspace, the blade can hit whatever is behind what you are cutting, bending the blade or cutting whatever is behind. A grinder is more of a finesse type of cutting method that is slower, but more precise when in those situations. Plasma cutter is just bada$$. May not be any faster or efficient, but can cut exactly where you want (curves, circles, angles, etc...).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21-February-2012 at 6:55AM
Plasma cutter is nice,most of us diy guys can't afford one. Getting it or cutting torches into scrapyard, not going to happen unless maybe you are a friend of the owner. The local you pull its here won't even let you use a reciprocating saw (worried about starting fires ) although I've hidden mine under all my other tools and used it.Seen other guys do it too. The first car I ever cut up (69 stang coupe) many years ago I used an ax and 5lb sledgehammer. 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-February-2012 at 10:55PM
Thanks for your help guys I'm going to try to find a cordless sawzall on criagslist. It's the best choice due to the fact that the 72 gts is at a junkyard.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-February-2012 at 12:10AM
Originally posted by 1zebra3 1zebra3 wrote:

Plasma cutter is nice,most of us diy guys can't afford one. Getting it or cutting torches into scrapyard, not going to happen unless maybe you are a friend of the owner. The local you pull its here won't even let you use a reciprocating saw (worried about starting fires )

Don't you have yards like I pictured? Cars stacked 3 or 4 high, when the owner of the place says "If you see any hoods open, shut them". 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27-February-2012 at 11:15AM
Originally posted by Psquare75 Psquare75 wrote:

Originally posted by 1zebra3 1zebra3 wrote:

Plasma cutter is nice,most of us diy guys can't afford one. Getting it or cutting torches into scrapyard, not going to happen unless maybe you are a friend of the owner. The local you pull its here won't even let you use a reciprocating saw (worried about starting fires )

Don't you have yards like I pictured? Cars stacked 3 or 4 high, when the owner of the place says "If you see any hoods open, shut them". 
 pretty much all disapearing because or county? state? GOV? EPA  ? regulations.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-February-2012 at 12:20AM
If you have a portable generator or access to one and allowed to take it in with you it will be a good sorce for power tools. That way you can have a choice of tools without power loss.  I have one due to florida storms with power losses for days. Will use it for my shop when I can get the wifes JUNK out.
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