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Old 07-02-2012, 01:25 PM   #1
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Dent, crack, rust

Hi, I am new here and was wondering if anyone could suggest a reasonable fix for this dent in my 1967 Overlander. I am not familiar working with aluminum. Any help would be great. Thanks
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:00 PM   #2
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Do you have access to the other side of the panel or is your interior intact?

That looks like a tough one to roll out...especially with the creases. Replacement is essentially dismantling 1/2 of the trailer... it's like trying to uncrush an aluminum can.

Some folks have had acceptable results using rollers, heat, dent pullers... it all depends on what your expectations are for the end result.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:36 PM   #3
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Thanks Friday. That's what I figured. I thought someone might have a magic fix.
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No magic..... it looks like you have creases and a small tear in the skin. If you want it to look good as new a large segment replacement will be needed. A smaller and somewhat less visually attractive solution might be to cut out and patch that section but you would have rivet lines in the wrong places. I might opt for the later and consider the extra rivet line a badge of courage
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No magic..... it looks like you have creases and a small tear in the skin. If you want it to look good as new a large segment replacement will be needed. A smaller and somewhat less visually attractive solution might be to cut out and patch that section but you would have rivet lines in the wrong places. I might opt for the later and consider the extra rivet line a badge of courage
This is what I would do as well. You could cut a cool looking patch that wraps around and had a cool rivet design. The rust is coming from the rusted steel outrigger inside the hole. If you open up that panel you may find a lot more problems then you want. I happen to think that a patch, if done correctly would blend in nicely and give it some (more) character.
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This is what I would do as well. You could cut a cool looking patch that wraps around and had a cool rivet design. The rust is coming from the rusted steel outrigger inside the hole. If you open up that panel you may find a lot more problems then you want. I happen to think that a patch, if done correctly would blend in nicely and give it some (more) character.
Thanks guys. I never thought of patching it to give it a "badge of honor" look. I am not restoring it so that would be a great idea.
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