What did you do to your non-G body project today

scoti

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I never thought of cutting it out, beating on it, and zapping it back in. I like that if nothing else for a short term solution. Gives me the opportunity to chop off excess because I know for sure it oil canned
If it can't be hammered somewhat back into shape, it @ least gives you a general template of what you need to remove from a donor & access to spots you wouldn't otherwise be able to reach.
 
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Supercharged111

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If it can't be hammered somewhat back into shape, it @ least gives you a general template of what you need to remove from a donor & access to spots you wouldn't otherwise be able to reach.

What could I use to hammer it back down without leaving witness marks of the tool that I used? I'm thinking maybe a 2x4?
 

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What could I use to hammer it back down without leaving witness marks of the tool that I used? I'm thinking maybe a 2x4?
Many years ago I bought a curved auto body dolly block. It was pretty cheap. You hit the metal with the flat hammer using that and it pushed the selected curve in.

Wonder if using the spoons through that contorted access hole would get it closer too?
 
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scoti

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Minimal 'big' hammer blows (minimal as possible). Lots of small hammer work.

As for an initial backer, anything hard enough that it supports the sheet-metal on top of it since that's what is getting the brunt of the impacts. A 2x4 can be used to get things going. The closer you get to the finer metal tweaks, the harder you'll want your backer material to have. I use bodywork dolly forms as well as 2"sq .250 wall tubing when trying to flatten things.

Finesse = better than force when trying to save the panel material.
 

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I kinda sorta fvck3d up pretty bad at my first race event of the season.

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The Red Bull box covers 1 bit of my indiscretion.


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It looks like I pushed the front of the car over, I'll know more when I yank that fender. Rear quarter got some too.

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This takes me outside of my comfort zone. I'm not looking forward to dealing with it. My first thought is get a stud gun and pull the leading edge forward. Over the winter I could cut the majority of the panel out, flange a replacent, and zap it in. Again, well outside my comfort zone.
Damn. Sorry to see your car banged up like that at the beginning of the season. I think you need a donor skin. Flange it in there. Very strong. Good luck with the repair. Glad to hear about the positive progress on the brakes!
 
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Damn. Sorry to see your car banged up like that at the beginning of the season. I think you need a donor skin. Flange it in there. Very strong. Good luck with the repair. Glad to hear about the positive progress on the brakes!
Borderline structural, and not aero affected = SEND IT!
 
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Supercharged111

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Damn. Sorry to see your car banged up like that at the beginning of the season. I think you need a donor skin. Flange it in there. Very strong. Good luck with the repair. Glad to hear about the positive progress on the brakes!

I have black quarters on the wall and red quarters attached to a donor shell so I'm not exactly caught with my pants down here. I think a trip to the frame rack this winter is prudent.

Borderline structural, and not aero affected = SEND IT!

Send is definitely the approach when the season is underway. My intent is something just half-assed enough to get me by until winter when I can perform a slightly less halfassed repair that at least makes it look halfway straight. Likely will involve rattle can base/clear from a real paint shop and the clear would be the 2 part type.
 
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