Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board - View Single Post - shrink or stretch and fill?
View Single Post
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 12-17-2006, 05:55 PM
modas's Avatar
modas modas is offline
Dazed and Confused

Last journal entry: Trunk Part 21
Last photo:
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Brooklyn, WI
Age: 46
Posts: 109
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
shrink or stretch and fill?

Hi Guys -

Well Christmas came early this year and I picked up my "new" doors from the chem stripper yesterday. One door was completely cherry and unfortunately the other door had a few hidden surprises.

One of the surprises was a crease about 8 inches long running along the lower part of the door. I put the hammer and dolly to it and managed to pound out a majority of it. (PIC 1).

However, after looking at the panel a little more closely, the damage extends quite a bit past the crease and there is a considerable low spot directly underneath the crease all the way down to the pinch weld (getting less severe as it goes away from the crease. PIC 2 shows how much of a low spot there is. Its not terribly clear so if another shot is required, please let me know...

So, my first question, to bring this part of the door up to the correct level, do I need to shrink this area or stretch it?

Also, on this same door, the chemical strip ended up exposing some rust holes in the skin which were not apparent when I bought the door. Most of them I was able to weld up with little difficulty, however, there is one section at the bottom that I just can't fix with welding. PIC 3 is what I started with, PIC 4 is what I've ended up with. I can't weld anymore as the metal is just so thin that I burn thru even at the lowest heat setting on my welder.

Could this be something I could finish off with body solder, or do I need to replace this little chunk entirely? My problem (at least in my head) is I don't have anyway of reproducing the contour of the door in that area so anything I put in there is going to look like cr*p.

Any help with my two questions is greatly appreciated!

Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1309_small.jpg
Views:	187
Size:	49.2 KB
ID:	16905   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1310_small.jpg
Views:	157
Size:	44.3 KB
ID:	16906   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1306_small.jpg
Views:	158
Size:	56.4 KB
ID:	16907   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1317_small.jpg
Views:	178
Size:	44.3 KB
ID:	16908  
Reply With Quote