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twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
259
Minnesota, United States
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What tools are you all using for dents in fenders? Hammer and dolly? I’m hoping the generic 7-pc kits will do the trick.


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SJ_BIKER

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 4, 2010
5,766
Hollister CA
If you are gonna fix loads of them an english wheel/ fender roller is best. There a few who use other methods for shallow dents.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
11,069
Central Arizona
Pretty amazing job here. To bad he doesn't show you his secret.

 

RustySprockets

Look Ma, No Hands!
Aug 15, 2013
63
Glen Burnie, United States
If you only have a few dimples and want to do things on the cheap, make yourself a sand or shot bag out of an old leather couch cushion. Use the bag in place of a dolly to support the piece while you work out the blemish. The bag can conform to the basic shape of the part, in a way that a rigid dolly cannot. In the case of fenders, a shoemaker's anvil isn't a bad choice, either.
 

49autocycledeluxe

I live for the CABE
May 29, 2017
1,361
59
fremont california
all you need is these two. don't waste money on crap tools from Harbor freight. the hammer is by Martin, you can't go wrong with them.

I made a fender dolly for bicycles that is the same size as the inside of the fender.. made it out of a 2" long piece of tubing, then filled half with steel to give it more weight
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49autocycledeluxe

I live for the CABE
May 29, 2017
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one thing you do not want to do, hit it from the inside 50 times to get it back to where it was. you will make more dents than what you are trying to fix.
show a better photo of the dent
 

twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
259
Minnesota, United States
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one thing you do not want to do, hit it from the inside 50 times to get it back to where it was. you will make more dents than what you are trying to fix.
show a better photo of the dent
This is the sellers photo. I’m picking up the jaguar tomorrow. This project needs a lot of work so I’m trying to minimize headaches. If the deal goes through I’ll get some some pics.


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49autocycledeluxe

I live for the CABE
May 29, 2017
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fremont california
here's what you do.

on the right side looking at the photo that is the part that is stretched. you want your dolly under that part and hit the high spot/stretched part with the hammer. you want to push with the dolly when hammering.

one thing a great many people do not realize is the metal does not know which is the hammer and which is the dolly. so most people would hammer the indented part from the inside trying to push it back out. metal has a memory and wants to go back to the original shape, so you mainly want to hit where the metal has stretched and the center will pop back out pretty good.

if this was a fender that was going to be painted rather than chrome a person could get it perfect with the proper techniques. being chrome would make that more difficult but you can at least get it much better
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
11,069
Central Arizona
That fender took a hard hit. I wouldn't use a hammer and dolly on that. Looking at the damage in the picture, I'd start by putting it on a table and pressing it out as far as possible first.
 

WES PINCHOT

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Aug 16, 2006
2,921
CHICAGO AREA
The dent in question. Should be fun. I just ordered the Eastman 7-pc body kit.

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THAT IS ONE BIG DENT.
IT LOOKS LIKE NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, THE METAL HAS BEEN STRETCHED.
GOOD LUCK ENJOY!
 

49autocycledeluxe

I live for the CABE
May 29, 2017
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fremont california
That fender took a hard hit. I wouldn't use a hammer and dolly on that. Looking at the damage in the picture, I'd start by putting it on a table and pressing it out as far as possible first.
when you pound down the crease the dent comes up. you work the stretched area first. then see what's left.

pushing it out first will cause more damage.
 

redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,334
Seattle, United States
Looks like aluminum to me.. I’d start inside at the center not hard but lightly then once it’s up a bit ( should pull most of it up) don’t pound it on a dolly till it’s near the right curve.just pound it out lightly but firm otherwise you will stretch the metal by flatting it out...I’d work on the edges till it’s up.. it’s gonna look lumpy. Then dolly it out from the inside till most of it looks level. Next check for curvature...should be close. continue to work it out till all of its out. If a small dent won’t come out then you have to slightly pick it out. One or two small picks...If it’s too high you’ll have to shrink it with a pick again on the outside. My guess if it’s aluminum you will have to pick an file it out lightly till it’s smooth there will be some small stretched spots.
 

redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,334
Seattle, United States
That’s Good advise. . :that makes 40 yrs for me tooo.... :0 my new project and my finished
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not to sound rude, but don't listen to these other peoples advice. I bought my first set of hammers and dollies 40 years ago. worked at a body shop for a few years doing restoration work. I've had my own "hobby" shop here for 22 years. watched all the videos and read all the books. this is not my first dent.
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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,334
Seattle, United States
Actually I take it back.. I like reading others opinions it helps improve and learn new things...so jump in but use caution till you get it right...
That’s Good advise. . :that makes 40 yrs for me tooo.... :0 my new project and my finished
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