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Old 09-17-2007, 08:45 AM   #15
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Yesterday I decided to attempt to un dent my RR banana wrap that met the seat of my picnic table when I parked after the Labor day outing . I had a nice 1' long almost square dent that matched the profile of a 2 X 12. No photos- I wasn't too sure I was going to do any good. After removing the belt line and the few rivits, off came the wrap. I made a Redneck wheel, a southern variation of an English Wheel, from a nicely rounded, worn out wheel off of an old skate board. I stuck a 1' long 5/16 threaded rod through the center as a hand hold. I then placed a cushion on the work bench, the wrap face down on the cushion and started rolling out the dent from the rear. You actually have to press pretty hard and roll back and forth over the entire area, but the results were more than satisfactory. It actually removed most of the rock pecks, didn't restrech the material and reduced the creases much better that I had hoped for.
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:02 AM   #16
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Help me out? Did you take the piece off? I have a dent on the front skin that is where two pieces come together. The only way I can see to repair it is from the inside. Do you have any suggestions?

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...Did you take the piece off? I have a dent on the front skin that is where two pieces come together. The only way I can see to repair it is from the inside. ...
Doug, if the dent is in the large sheets of the shell, it is more difficult to fix. You do have to fix from the inside, which requires removing cabinetry and inside skins. The inside skins are less of a problem than you might imagine (you can drill out 20 or so pop rivets in 5 minutes) and they are easy to put back in. When you're working on skins, you'll need some kind of heavy, flat "anvil" on the outside. Remember not to hammer aluminum--you will thin it, stretch it, and have a real problem on your hands. Only roll aluminum unless you have a suitable block on the inside that covers are relatively large area (like 4"x4" or more) so that when you hammer it, you are really only hammering down the wrinkle and not thinning out the sheet.

Conversely, the banana skins are soft, unannealed aluminum that can be formed very easily. But you have to remove the trim, which in many cases is much longer around than the banana skin you need to fix. Then there are more rivets to get the banana skin off, including underneath on the belly pan. Even with all that, you can remove, fix, and replace a banana skin in half a day. Use suitably formed wood blocks to get the approximate shape, then use a roller to smooth out the small wrinkles and dimples.

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Removing the banana wraps is really the only way to get the dents out. Heres a couple of before and after pics
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I am glad to know that severe dents can be worked out! This should work for my curb side front wrap, but are there any options for ordering/replacing a front street side banana wrap? That wrap has a baseball size hole in the middle of the curve.
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Once the contour is restored repairs can be made. I have repairs on three of mine. I believe New aluminum replacements are not availabe anymore.
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Aerowood: That is good advice and I doubt most would even notice such a small patch. What type of aluminum did you use for your banana repairs?
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:55 PM   #23
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I have some minor dents in my banana skins. However, on my 64, it appears that they feed up into the outerskin of the AS. Meaning, when they built it, they first put on the belly skin. Then the banana wraps, Then the outter shell. As a result, I have hidden rivets that appear to be holding on my banana underneat the outter skin. Is that right? Plus they used that black gunk in the seams. I don't think I can get my wraps off without major removal of the outter skins?
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Rob, I think the belly pan skin changed around '67 or so. The 70s have flat belly skins and then the banana skin brings the wrap up from the belly to the shell.

In earlier models, the belly skin actually is one piece and wraps up to the shell. You can still repair it, but it's a much bigger removal job.

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Mine looks like they are just banana skins just like yours, it's just that they were riveted to the frame before the uppper skins. I could remove the rivets behind the trim piece, but i still can't get the banana skin off because of the hidden rivets. I can see them just barely, I just can't drill them out. I guess I could drill them out by drilling from the upper skin, but that just adds extra holes. I can just barely get to the wrapps with a pole, and was able to get the majority of the big dent out, but would love to get it perfect.
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Rob,

I have complained about hidden rivets on almost every shell project, and some on the interior skins, too. Very frustrating. Good luck.

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What do you do when the banana is split open?

Someone said they think my Bananas have spoiled! The PO obviously jack knifed and split these on his bumper. I'm not so sure how I am going to fix these, but it looks like I can get most of the dents out, then maybe patch over the slices? But what about that part that is folded completely over and gauged on the streetside wrap? Cut it out and patch?
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They are made of very soft aluminum. You've got nothing to loose trying to straighten them out I've heard that a shot put works well. Mine were also dented pretty bad and had little trouble making them presentable. I had to patch a few areas too. It's somewhere in my thread below.
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