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Slide Hammer - Which one?

Hey all,

I'm looking at pulling three dents from my car, but want a slide hammer that can be used for pulling bearings, axles, etc...

What have you used? What do you recommend? What should I avoid? Is there a particular brand? What accessories?

I'm very artistic and detail oriented. I see this as being one big sculpture for me. Also, I'm strong as an ox and can really control my strength. I was thinking of using a 5lb. Is that too heavy? Too light?

Sorry for not being knowledgable, but I've never done body work before and don't want to buy the wrong tool or worse: a crappy tool. I've read up on it and have two vehicles to practice on along with tons of scrap metal to practice my welds and patchwork.

Any advice on slide hammers and/or books is truly helpful!!

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I Hate Slide Hammer Work

I have a slide hammer in the tool box and only use it when I have to. When there is absolutely no way to get behind the crease. Slide hammers leave holes that allow moisture to eventually get in and start rusting. If you weld up the holes you still have a lot of work to get the panel back in decent shape. I try to use various pry bars. Cut a wood piece to wedge in. The Ford Atlanta factory used to get an oil can dip in the roof of some Fairlanes when the bodies went thru the paint oven so they pushed in a redwood wedge when they welded the body and left it there. I have a variety of pick hooks made from hood and trunk lid torsion bar springs. I braze on a T handle and bend to various J shapes, grind a ball or point end. Sometimes you have to punch in a hole to get the pick in but I do it in a place that is easy to weld and fix. You can twist the T handle or pry with it. Drop in a piece of wood for leverage. Use your imagination. I have a slide hammer that has USS fine threads and a Ford lug nut fits. I weld on various shop made hooks if the ones that come in the box don't work. Have you checked into having a pro use a stud gun to do the rough out pull for you?.
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How stupid is this idea...

Good ideas! There's a guy that used to come to the dealership I worked at that used tools like that. He called it "massaging the metal" to get the dents out. Pretty tight.

On the topic of the stud gun. The shop I talked to told me to grind off the end of a screw or nail, then weld it to the dent to pull it out. He said it's the poor man's stud gun. That's how I got the idea of using a slide hammer to pull the dents out bc that is what he recommended. Just grind off the screw after, smooth out the remaining baby dents, use a little filler or really work the dent until it's out. Is that a dumb idea? Honestly. I'm new. Don't let that confuse you with stupid though...I'm a perfectionist and have a few practice vehicles to play with until I actually touch my car.
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