Originally Posted by babsz
Hello, new friends. I am finally going to buy my first Airstream after 20+ years of dreaming, 12 years of saving, and 6 months of hunting and reading postings on this fourm. I can only afford the one which I found because they discounted it because of this big 'ol dent. It's a 1993 Excella Classic for $15K.
Please help. Is this just cosmetic, or is there the potential for something major underneath? What's in a curbside lower corner?
I would greatly appreciate any advice I get.
Take pity on a rookie.
It looks cosmetic to me. My approach would be to pop off whatever is in the way on the inside. then, remove the inner skin, and pop teh dents out slowly, and carefully.
Alternately, you can try a suction cup from body shop supply. It's like a slide hammer on a suction cup, allowing the dents to be removed slowly.
I got some pretty darn severe dents out of my 71 Tradewind, by using the suction cup. I also used a rubber mallet, slowly tapping the dreases while pulling out teh metal at teh same time. Worked really well, and was all but invisible afterwards. In your case, be very careful of the front window frame.
In my uneducated opinion, you might be able to do better for 15k.