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Old 06-13-2003, 01:22 PM
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Fixing Fender + Door Bind

I'm sure you experienced guys have seen a fender chewed up from door bind more than once...what is the best way to repair the damage (apart from replacing the metal).

I was considering just "blipping" the chewed up areas with the mig and then grinding it smooth again.

any input?

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The way I look at it if it doen't work, you were figurin on replacing it anyways. I'll try anything once, If it works great, if it don't h$ll with it. But if it's something hard to find, do the best you can with what you got. Just try to get most of it metal, cause that will be the first place bondo will chip.
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I read on another thread about using a coat hanger wire welded around the outside of a door to close the gaps.

Maybe you could do something similar to fix the chewed up metal. You could use coat hanger wire or welding wire/rod. Then you just grind it down like you would do if you just fixed it with "blips" of weld. This way you will have to do less welding, thus less heat, thus less chance of warping it.

Don't be affraid to try it, if you stuff it, you can grind it out and start again. Take your time and have fun with it

Good luck
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Unstable.... I don't know if I understand your question. The binding that I have dealt with in the past has been when something, usually the fender, has moved and the door hits it when opened. The fender is usually bent in by the door. If that is the case, usually there is damage, sometimes minor, to the brace part of the fender on the inside. This can be repaired, but is sometimes hard to get the fit right, as it involves getting the fender back out to the right shape, and fixing the brace to be strong enough to keep it there. On the newer cars, usually it involves replacing the fender and repairing the door.
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This pertains to a 57 Chevy truck. I am only assuming the munches in the fender are due to door bind/improper alignment of door. Basically, near the hinge point (at the rear of the front fenders where the front fenders meets the doors) the metal is chewed up...like a dog with carbide teeth was munching on the metal. Or better yet, some psycho took a hacksaw and took a couple swipes here and there.

While the coat hanger idea may work in other scenarios, I don't think there's enough meat missing to warrant this approach. I'm just going to go ahead and feed some wire into the regions and grind it flat...I think it'll be alright. If not, oh friggin well.

-->for the most part I think the metal is pretty straight. I don't think there is structural damage to the fender that caused this.
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The MIG is defenitly the way to go. It puts leass heat on the metal than soldering, brazing, or a coat hanger. The less heat put on the door, the less you have to repair. A little grinding work, sanding and some spot puddy and your ready to paint. It's worked for me many times in the past. Another thing is Worn pins and bushings can throw it off as well.
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The MIG is defenitly the way to go. It puts leass heat on the metal than soldering, brazing, or a coat hanger. The less heat put on the door, the less you have to repair. A little grinding work, sanding and some spot puddy and your ready to paint. It's worked for me many times in the past. Another thing is Worn pins and bushings can throw it off as well.
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Good luck with the repairs.
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