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Old 10-28-2006, 04:25 PM   #1
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Storm Damage!

We're having a bit of a blustery day here in New England...gale force winds, rain. Just looked out my kitchen window, and saw this:



Looks like a coconut fell off a tree on it...but I don't have any coconut trees, here. Only thing I could find on the ground nearby was a stick. Please tell me this will pull out with a suction cup. It isn't creased...but it does span a seam. please please please....
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Old 10-28-2006, 04:37 PM   #2
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Chuck, Mine had the twin of that one on the other side up front. It came out just fine, but I pushed it out from the inside. Really, mine really did look just about like that. I described it as looking like somebody dinged it with a basketball. When I got the end cap out, I pushed a little with my hand--No movement. I got the ol' plumbers helper out on the top, started working the edges, it slowly pulled out a bit (maybe 1/2 of it). Then it wouldn't budge any further. So, and I'm not making this up, I remembered the basketball. I got my hands one, deflayted it a bunch, went back inside and rolled it around the dent. Popped right out The seam doesn't even leak. Go figure.

Good luck with it. Now, you wanna tell me how fix the heater on my truck?

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Old 10-28-2006, 04:39 PM   #3
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Makes me sick just looking at it.....
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Old 10-28-2006, 04:41 PM   #4
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Chuck.First, I am very sorry to hear and see damage to your second child. I know the care and nurturing you have provided over the years. We had a '69 Tradewind when I was growing up and used to park it on the side of the driveway in the front yard. A kid punted a football and it landed in just about the same spot as yours, on the rear, but didn't hit the seam; the dent was all on the rounded portion. I don't know if a suction cup would work, certainly the least intrusive method of repair, quick and cheap. Ours was repaired by drilling a small hole and using a dent puller of some sort and then plugging the hole with a rivet. It looked pretty good with just a small wrinkle visible. I'm sure you'll be getting plenty of advice and options. Good luck. The weather is pretty miserable here as well.
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Old 10-28-2006, 04:49 PM   #5
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We're having a bit of a blustery day here in New England...gale force winds, rain. Just looked out my kitchen window, and saw this:



Looks like a coconut fell off a tree on it...but I don't have any coconut trees, here. Only thing I could find on the ground nearby was a stick. Please tell me this will pull out with a suction cup. It isn't creased...but it does span a seam. please please please....
I had one close to this, it came out.

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Ouch! That's got to mess up your day. Basketball idea sounds interesting -- but what is your access without an inside tear down? We all feel for you Chuck.
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Old 10-28-2006, 06:19 PM   #7
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Wow, don't look good. That was a mighty big stick! Best of luck popping that dent out.
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Old 10-28-2006, 06:27 PM   #8
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Sorry to hear about that one Chuck.

A few weeks ago, we had some quarter sized hail hit us. Our cars were riddled with hail dents and I have no question that if the Safari were out there, it would look like that all over. One of these days though I just know my dance card is gonna get punched, so I'm real interested in knowing and hopefully seeing some pics of the dent pulled out.

I hope it comes out easily.
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Old 10-28-2006, 06:30 PM   #9
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What a rotten thing to happen. I'd be trying the toilet plunger first and you can also buy the automotive type for pretty cheap at discount auto supply stores - perhaps even Wally World. I like the basketball idea. Does the dent intrude into the inside? It looks like it would but.............
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Old 10-28-2006, 07:01 PM   #10
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haven't looked inside. didn't even think of that. even worse is the thought that it my be broken. I certainly hope I don't have to take out the end cap...that would truly suck.

it is hard to believe that a 2' long x 1" diameter "stick" would leave a dent that looks like a basketball...but there ain't no basketballs falling out of the trees. (and I'm not close enough to the road for a neighborhood hellion to have done anthing...we're way out in the woods).

It was just getting dark when I noticed the damage, so I didn't look anything over inside. I'll go out and take a good close look in the a.m.

Jim: fixing the heater is easy

1) completely disassemble the truck. the very last piece you find will be the heater core.
2) remove hoses from old heater
3) attach new heater core
4) re-assemble truck.

oh, I wish I wish I wish I wish I had a barn....
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it is hard to believe that a 2' long x 1" diameter "stick" would leave a dent that looks like a basketball...
Like the high inline momentum of an arrow, I'll bet that the stick impacted straight into your end cap. Dang!
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Old 10-28-2006, 09:53 PM   #12
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.......Jim: fixing the heater is easy

1) completely disassemble the truck. the very last piece you find will be the heater core.
2) remove hoses from old heater
3) attach new heater core
4) re-assemble truck.

oh, I wish I wish I wish I wish I had a barn....
Yeah, that's pretty much how the shop manual describes it, too. I spent the day (the entire day) taking it all apart. What a pain.

Good luck tomorrow. I'll bet it's an easier fix than it looks.

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Yeah, that's pretty much how the shop manual describes it, too. I spent the day (the entire day) taking it all apart. What a pain.

Jim
I still vote for plan A, bypass the core, and wear long johns.
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You need a heater in Georgia? Dang, I didn't know that. I thought that was one of those States where you ordered a vehicle with Air only. Does this mean you have a block heater too? As for removing the core are you using the factory manual or a Chiltons? I have found that often the Chilton type of manuals offer short cuts and work arounds that can eliminate a lot of the hassles..........or even some of the websites specific to your make of truck.
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