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Old 03-15-2009, 08:14 PM   #1
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Days of Destruction - Dent Repair

After a couple years of indecision, I went ahead and tore out the rear interior to access some problems.

1. Major dents on both sides of the rear endcaps.
2. Taillight wiring sucked.
3. Floor Rot. (I'm pretending the frame rot isn't there...)

After a saturday of work with the help of Larry from Lagrange, and Sunday, the dents have been reduced.

I'm planning on writing up a complete post, but until then heres some pics.....

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Old 03-15-2009, 08:19 PM   #2
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WOW WOW WOW looks like it was worth the time and trouble. What did you use to push the dents out?
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Old 03-15-2009, 08:41 PM   #3
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Most impressive Dan!! I can't wait to hear all about it. I love that trailer, and I am so happy that you are doing so much to it.
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3. Floor Rot. (I'm pretending the frame rot isn't there...)
Denial isn't just a river in Egypt...
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:23 PM   #5
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WOW WOW WOW looks like it was worth the time and trouble. What did you use to push the dents out?
My son! But seriously, he had a major streetside dent pushed out bare hands before I got a pic!

The major damage was push back just with palms. Creases were reduced with a rubber mallet, followed by more massaging.

Please understand that the panel is far from perfect. No way to get the creases to disapear. We basically were striving to reduce shadow lines. Plus, some metal stretch couldn't be corrected, so we are having some minor "pop back" issues.

Overall, the rear is a little less embarressing.
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:24 AM   #6
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Good job! That's difference is amazing!
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Old 03-16-2009, 09:24 AM   #7
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My son! But seriously, he had a major streetside dent pushed out bare hands before I got a pic!

The major damage was push back just with palms. Creases were reduced with a rubber mallet, followed by more massaging.

Please understand that the panel is far from perfect. No way to get the creases to disapear. We basically were striving to reduce shadow lines. Plus, some metal stretch couldn't be corrected, so we are having some minor "pop back" issues.

Overall, the rear is a little less embarressing.

It looks great. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a few "beauty marks" and the difference is just amazing.

Only other thing to add, is that if you're addressing the floor rot, you might as well check into the frame (and repair it if necessary), at the same time. You can't put a price tag in money or time, on peace of mind. And you will not EVER want to go back in again once you've put it back together.

Keep up the great work!

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absolutely amazing!!! gives me hope ....
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Great job!! Looks like a 100% improvement!
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I assuming the photo on left is "after" and not "before" ....
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Well done DanB, and they say it can't be done! I'm just finishing up darn near the same. There is one more step you can take to smooth out the remaining improfections. A small sand bag inside and an old fashon hardwood slapper on the outside. If you do'nt know any oldtimers to show you, you can see examples on youtube.
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I have the exact same dent. I redid my bathroom and I am really not wanting to rip it out again. Is there a way to get to it other then taking the whole bathroom apart again?


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dent puller

I sell a vacuum assisted dent puller that you hook a air line up to. It uses the air flow to increase suction, it will do way more than any regular suction cup for glass. Up to 150 lbs of pull! To do a dent on the upper sides all you would have to do is build a "deadman" to pull from with a come along. PM me if anyone is intrested or wants more info
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dent puller again!

I couldn't get some pics I took just now of the puller to post on PM. So I will do my best not to hijack this thread! I was actually wrong It will pull up to 500 lbs! If you are still intrested PM me and I will try to hook you up in your area. Thanks Lewis
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