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03-23-2019 08:09 PM
tech69
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Oh! Ok, do you tack weld it in the dent then it pulls like a stud puller but it's spread out more evenly? When pulling is the flat plate part against the good sheet metal? It seems like it would cause more damage that way so probably not. Do you ever use a slide hammer with it?
you just look for an edge or something tight that will hold it's ground to pull off of. As stated, slide hammering isn't working the metal how it's supposed to be worked out. You're really supposed to be pulling WHILE hammering to release pressure and work highs/lows at the same time. The repairs come out so much better when that's done. Guys who use the hammer and then smack down the lows after the fact are the guys who usually have panels with too much flex or worse with an oil can, but you do what you gotta do sometimes.
03-23-2019 08:05 PM
tech69 I agree and disagree. They have two different sizes of wiggle wire and with a 220 it can work on hot rod steel. You can also buy a tip that will allow you to use your standard stud gun to tack on wiggle wire. You can also weld on wiggle wire if you want it to hold better. I will always go for the less intrusive way first and if that doesn't work then I weld on plate , but that's a dirty repair and not my first option. To some degree you are right but I've used it on hot rod steel and would at least give it a try before welding on a plate cause it's a much cleaner repair.
03-16-2019 10:36 AM
idrivejunk Worthy of mention is the fact that wiggle wire has little effect on steel thicker than 20 gauge. The limitation becomes obvious when hooks designed to be used with it straighten out before the metal moves. I advise against considering this repair method for original 18 gauge steel found on frequently restored American cars. However, with adequate pull studs or tips found on "dent pulling" machines, a good lever is absolutely your best friend. Wiggle wire, in my experience, is only applicable to light damage on late model vehicles but is capable of assisting a seasoned technician with remarkably good and fast repairs on certain very specific damage scenarios. And that looks like an awesome lever.
03-16-2019 09:17 AM
joe_padavano
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Oh! Ok, do you tack weld it in the dent then it pulls like a stud puller but it's spread out more evenly? When pulling is the flat plate part against the good sheet metal? It seems like it would cause more damage that way so probably not. Do you ever use a slide hammer with it?
The primary use of the wiggle wire is to spot weld it into a crease for a more even pull. It was originally designed for use with a claw on a slide hammer (what Tech69 is calling a "pogo stick"). As noted, the slide hammer isn't a very precise tool, and you really want to be hammering while you pull, thus the use of this lever tool. Obviously you need to use care when choosing the location for the reaction pad on the sheet metal.
03-16-2019 08:21 AM
55 Tony
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Now we got two in the shop! Straight from China. Ordered on Thursday, received on Tuesday.

That must have come over on a FAST boat from China!
03-16-2019 08:18 AM
55 Tony Oh! Ok, do you tack weld it in the dent then it pulls like a stud puller but it's spread out more evenly? When pulling is the flat plate part against the good sheet metal? It seems like it would cause more damage that way so probably not. Do you ever use a slide hammer with it?
03-16-2019 07:33 AM
joe_padavano
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It cost about $260 and is pricey but it's totally worth it.
Did you get it on line? I haven't been able to find a vendor. Any vendor info would be appreciated.

Never mind, I found it. $178 plus shipping. I knew that as soon as I asked, I'd find it.
03-16-2019 07:18 AM
joe_padavano
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I googled "wiggle wire" and still don't know how to use the tool? All the links are pertaining to building a greenhouse. Where is your wiggle wire?
Type dent puller wiggle wire into Google.
03-16-2019 07:16 AM
55 Tony I googled "wiggle wire" and still don't know how to use the tool? All the links are pertaining to building a greenhouse. Where is your wiggle wire?
03-15-2019 11:50 PM
tech69 it's a pull lever for wiggle wire. I have since used it twice and it's better than I could have ever imagined. So much control with this it's amazing! Sometimes with a pogo stick you have only one area you can push the foot into, which at times means the claw isn't pulling evenly. It's a naturally occurring thing with wiggle wire unless you have the bulky level tool with two feet, but this tool you can simply push the claw over a space or two and it will pull evenly without changing the crucial area you are placing the 1 foot. It's quick and gives you so much more control over pulls and pull angles. It cost about $260 and is pricey but it's totally worth it. My only complaint would be that the handle is solid and can't in a cheater bar for more force behind your pulls, but if push came to shove I could figure that out no problem.
03-13-2019 10:34 AM
Gorf What is that tool used for?
03-13-2019 08:25 AM
joe_padavano
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there's a few on the market but can see this is the best one. This opens the door to cleaner work cause the tools you have changes your approach and views on how to handle damage. The better and more efficient the tool the better the outcome. There's times where I don't grab the pogo and this is good for the in-betweens as well as some dents I'd pogo stick out. The more you can pull up damage while hammering down the brows/high spots the better the repair, and that's how damage is supposed to be worked.

Now we got two in the shop! Straight from China. Ordered on Thursday, received on Tuesday.
Nice find! Thanks for the heads up.
03-13-2019 06:52 AM
tech69
great wiggle wire lever off Ebay

there's a few on the market but can see this is the best one. This opens the door to cleaner work cause the tools you have changes your approach and views on how to handle damage. The better and more efficient the tool the better the outcome. There's times where I don't grab the pogo and this is good for the in-betweens as well as some dents I'd pogo stick out. The more you can pull up damage while hammering down the brows/high spots the better the repair, and that's how damage is supposed to be worked.

Now we got two in the shop! Straight from China. Ordered on Thursday, received on Tuesday.

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