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Wendit
01-03-2007, 12:16 PM
I am in the process of a complete resto of a 85 F-250. The pass. box side has a dent about two feet long and about 1/2" deep. There was a car mirror run against it a few years ago. My concern is that if I pound out the dent, I will have an oil can, and I don't have any way of shrinking the metal. I am tempted to leave the metal and work it flat was filler. Sorry about the lack of pictures.

dave_demented
01-03-2007, 04:54 PM
pictures will def help, i def dont reccomend just "pounding it out" what i thnk you should do is hit it out with the properly shaped dolly, starting with the inderest damage and working to the direct damage. i can give you a more accurate method of doing things with some pictures :D

Len
01-03-2007, 05:29 PM
I am in the process of a complete resto of a 85 F-250. The pass. box side has a dent about two feet long and about 1/2" deep. There was a car mirror run against it a few years ago. My concern is that if I pound out the dent, I will have an oil can, and I don't have any way of shrinking the metal. I am tempted to leave the metal and work it flat was filler. Sorry about the lack of pictures.


We would use a stud welder to put some studs along the crease and pull on the studs while tapping down on the surrounding metal. This method won't stretch or thin the metal into an oilcan problem unless you already have one and the stud welder can be used to correct oilcanning. Hammering can create as many problems as it solves especially if it's done improperly. We use this tool to repair almost all the sheetmetal damage that comes into our shop.


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