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Old 10-14-2007, 03:50 PM
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78 elk stretched metal

My 78 Elk has a crease on the right rear quarter panel, that goes into the fender flare. The metal has been stretched. What is the method that i can use to firm up the panel? The panel is not accessable from the back. Do i need to make a patch for this panel. All ideas are welcome. thanks

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stretched metal...........

hi, take a grinder and remove the paint about 2 in all around the crease. take a torch ,heat a small area near the end of the crease. do not over heat,or metal will move toward you too much. then put a wet rag on the heated area. the metal will tend to come out,keep heating areas and cooling until youve got most of the crease out. prime bare metal with epoxy primer (2 part) finish up with polyester putty (bondo) prime again with epoxy primer
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can you post up a picture?
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I have started pulling the dent using a stud welder. Part of the dent came out. The other part would pull out when tension on it and return to its previous place when i relaxed. It moved without much pressure. I had thought about quenching it, but i wondered if on these double paneled were actually patched for repair. Which end do i quench first, the shallow or deep end of the crease? This is my first attempt at body work. I want to post my pictures,but haven't figured that part out. Thanks for the help
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With the metal in it's popped out and held out position with a pull pin, heat a spot with the stud-welder with no stud in it next to the pin you are holding out with a pair of vise grips. Then hit the hot spot a smart rap with the flat side of your body hammer to shock it into submission and follow that with cold water on a rag kinda quick. You'll feel it tighten and shrink through the wet rag.

Check this thread--> dents in side of surburan

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