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Old 09-26-2012, 05:49 AM   #1
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A Pro's Repair on Dented Aluminum

I was looking around on the web the other day and as a fan of Cobra cars having had the opportunity to drive a real 427 Cobra back in the 60's, body damage requires a special technique for aluminum and I found this video that really says it all. It's well worth watching.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:10 AM   #2
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Amazing! I enjoyed that.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:37 AM   #3
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It took him several hours to fix that fender and I bet the repair was not cheap. I don't know what alloy that car was made of. Many of these aircraft alloys do not take well to heating and welding. If you anneal the metal it will still be soft when you finish the repair although the amount of cold work he did with the hammering will harden the metal to some extent. He did not also have flammable stuff around the metal.

I did enjoy the video though. Nothing like seeing a true craftsman work.

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Wow, pretty amazing repair!

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I looked further into the article and he actually spent about 30 hours on the repair. Just remember it's a Zen thing...Wax on...Wax off...
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Very cool. Really like the polished Cobra in the background.

Anybody have any idea on thickness and alloy of the aluminum? I started cringing when he pulled out the file and started knocking off high spots.
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I expect that it is thicker than an Airstream. Perry
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