06-28-2009, 07:39 AM
1958 26' Overlander
Join Date: Jul 2004
Originally Posted by mustang
Before I replaced the panel, I would at least try to get it out.
A method I have used on old cars, is have one person outside and another inside. make sure you can easlily communicate. gently tap out the big dent, it may just pop out. then you have the crease to deal with.
This becomes a little tediouse but not unreasonabley.
The person out side needs a block of wood, the person inside needs either a wood hammer, for manipulting metal, or a flat steel one for the same. Tap the inside of the crease gently, while the outside guy has the wood pressed firmly against where you are tapping, If the crease isnt that bad. it will almost all come out.
Ideally would be to do this on a hot day in direct sunlight, so the alluminum is hot, I would not apply heat to the alluminum with a torch, When you start this process, you will get the idea and fine tune the tools and the tapping. Having wood on the out side is mandatory so you dont stretch the alluminum further.
Thanks, Mustang. Great tips. I'm a perfectionist so I think the only thing that will truly make me happy is to replace the panel. Especially with this dent being on the rounded corner. Noticed you are in Kent. Very cool, I grew up there.
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