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Old 10-16-2003, 11:00 AM
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Question hammer and dolly???

i dont like bondo and all that stuff. i like the body to be smooth and stock, just metal. and ive seen on trucks and in many other shops, they use use hammers and dollies. ive never used them before, so would anybody have any tips when i go to start on my body??? i know it probably takes a lot of experience before you get good, but could someone help me out???

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Old 10-16-2003, 12:11 PM
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Buy a few books. There's this one called Metal Worker Handbook, and it goes over what tools to use and how to use them. I bought some cheap hammers and dollies, but they are crap. Everyone says to buy good tools and the job is thousands times easier, but I wasn't sure if I was going to use them often enough. Either way, get the book. It's great and has tons of info.
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Using a hammer and dollie is an acquired art that few people master. Use the hammer too much and you expand the metal too much.

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Old 10-16-2003, 12:27 PM
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thanks, do yall think autozone would carry it???
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Ron Covell has great videos if you're willing to spend for your education- using the hammer and dolly method IS an art form but can be mastered. A light touch and a good eye is required. I think if you are patient and willing to learn, give it a try. Barnes and Noble has a bunch of books on the subject and can be accessed on line. A cheap set of hammers and dollies like Harbor Freight sells will get you started, but like anything you get what you pay for.... the more you work, the more you want better tools. Good Luck!
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Old 10-16-2003, 12:56 PM
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my dad works in the auto body industry and has been for a pretty good while, im not sure if hes ever used hammers and dollies, and their always coming out with better ways to do things. Isnt ron covell the guy that teaches at wyotech and came on hot rod tv to teach the guys about the hammer and dollie???
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Old 10-16-2003, 01:00 PM
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I think so- he has seminars all over and is great with the English Wheel. Ron Fornier is another good source for books.
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thanks yall have been a lot of help
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"The Key to Metal Bumping" from Eastwood Co. (http://www.eastwoodco.com)

Great book. I think it was originally published in the 40's or something, and it doesn't even touch on using filler.

I've been playing around with Hammers and Dolly's for maybe about a year now, and it is definitely an acquired skill. The more you do it, the better you get, but EXPECT to make mistakes along the way.

I also recommend using the best hammers and dolly's you can afford. There is a BIG difference between the cheap sets available at autozone, and a "Martin" or "Sykes Pickavent" or "Pexto" or "Proto" hammer/dolly. The only drawback is you can expect to pay $30 for a single quality hammer or dolly...and you can have an entire 3-hammer 4-dolly kit for $20 on Ebay...but there's a big difference.

You'll just have to play around to see what I'm getting at. Have fun and don't get discouraged.
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I have been "learning the Art" of metal finishing for a couple of years now. My advise is to buy some metal the same thickness as what you will be working with on your projects and practice with that. dent it up, cut it in half, weld it back together, hammer it flat. Hammerwelding and basic dent removal isn't that hard, you just need to practice, and you don't want to practice on that OLD precious metal. BTW... snap on hammers and dollies are top notch, and the heads will not dent like the china made ones. Good luck and keep trying.... LUKE
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alot of people don't know most community colleges have auto body classes at nite & good way to have acces to tools & info to redo ur vehicle. make sure you get shrinking hammer, & slapping spoon when shopping for tools. get some beat up fender panels/ lids from junk yard =offer em dozen donuts you got in car. bet ya get lots of practice panels. straighten em with info on bodywork at your library or get tapes on how to when straight you got a couple of paint test panels. just like headbanger music it will get to your ears-plug em = I didn't, i'm 80%deaf now & don't concider myself old yet just nasty jwart
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