Good points Kevin. I would far rather pay for an extra hour or 2 to get it welded. I know that some production builders like Alumaweld prefer the cleaner look of an unwelded exterior chine, but what looks nice in the showroom must stand the test of mother nature..and she dont care about looks.
I agree with your point, that if taking the time to weld those is that big of a deal, why not focus the attention elsewhere to minimize weld time! I am keeping my eyes on the adhesive industry; the aluminum F150 has no welds in it. A bead of aluminum adhesive at least could at least reduce this problem.
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