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    Default So how do I go about fixing this?

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    This is the nose of a 67 skylark. It is creased pretty deeply right on the nose. Is hooking it from behind to pull out ok, or what is my best starting strategy on this fender.

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    it is torn and distorted rather severyly in that leading edge and I'm looking to get some suggestions on how to work that out, or if I should just cut it and weld in a new section.

    There was anywhere from 1/8 to3/8" of bondo hiding all this stuff and I'm pretty sure my other fender is similar.

    Thanks for all suggestions and ideas.

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    I can't speak for others but I have had luck taking a die grinder with a 3" by 1/32" cut off wheel and just cutting down the middle of the crease full length of the crease. With that done the metal is unbelievably easy to shape. Weld up the cut line as you would if you made a patch after you get the shape you want. The crease acts as a stiffener and makes it very difficult the change the shape of the dent. I do this quite a bit instead of fighting the metal.

    Bob K

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    Nov 2005


    There are a couple ways of approaching that repair....

    If you can't expose the back of the damage and hammer it out then one of these may work for you.

    1. The old way would be to punch holes in it and use a screw-in slide hammer to pull out the metal. The problem with this old method is that it creates metal damage as well as pulling it out.

    2. Cleaning the metal then using a stud welder may work but the damage is pretty deep and the studs could pull holes in the metal.

    3. I would probably opt for brazing pulling plates to the damage and pulling it out with a slide hammer or come-along.

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    Thanks guys, I do have a stud welder and slide hammer so I'm sure at some point I will be employing that.
    That first slide hammer with the J-hooks was something I was wondering would work. I need to find my slide hammer and confirm it's mounting method and see if I can get a couple of those J hooks to use with mine.

    I was also thinking about slitting the center of the crease to let me move things around easier. Just wasn't sure if that was a good, bad or indifferent idea.

    The more I look at this damage, and the huge amount of filler on the leading edge, I think this fender is rolled in from the outside towards the grille. The sharp line that should be there was made of 1/4" bondo. I reckon hooking onto the front and either slide hammer or even a come along to pull that nose forward and out again. Otherwise I will be fighting those stresses constantly to get it straight.

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    Nov 2005
    lower Michigan


    The three small creases at the top of the fender should pull out with the stud welder. You might have to add a little heat from an oxy/acteylene torch (small torch tip).

    The damage on the verticle section of the fender front is going to be quite a bit more challenging. I personally would
    slit that metal at the peak from top to bottom and remove that damage metal then weld in a new section of hand formed metal. It's a lot easier than you might think to do it that way. Wow ! Some bondo jockey mudded the hell out of the front of that fender.

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    San Francisco bay area California


    There are a couple of ways to look at repairing that. First off thought is to simply push it forward by putting the fender leaning up against the wall with that nose on a piece of wood (or having someone hold it of course) while you strike that down using a large wide "chisel." I have a chisel for such things made from a solid rod of metal with an 1/8" by 1" piece of angle iron at the end with a nice square end but with the edges rounded off.

    So you could simply do that, OR the other thought would be only after I tried a the chisel, if I couldn't get in there for instance, couldn't get a nice straight hit, that sort of thing. That's when I would drill out the spot welds of the inner brace and remove it. Now you would have all the room in the world to work on that outer metal, then once it's repaired plug weld the brace back in.

    I don't think much of any stud welder and that stuff is going to work, that metal is too strong there with those deep folds, you would just rip the metal trying to get them out.

    I am thinking, you may give it a try but I am thinking it wouldn't work.

    Touched by an Angel.

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