Dent repair


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razinhellcustomz

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#23
This is the fender in question.

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Man that is a pretty sizable dent!! You might want to consider a replacement fender. If that's not an option, i use a small ball peen hammer and a craftsman vise with the anvil end that works pretty good. Good luck and ride on. Razin. P.s. Send a pic of the front end of the bike. I really like that rack too!!
 

Sven

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 24, 2017
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#24
here's what you do.

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.
That would be my dumb a55 self.
Good luck.Post pictures of your results.
 

twinflight

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#25
Man that is a pretty sizable dent!! You might want to consider a replacement fender. If that's not an option, i use a small ball peen hammer and a craftsman vise with the anvil end that works pretty good. Good luck and ride on. Razin. P.s. Send a pic of the front end of the bike. I really like that rack too!!
After you hammer it out, would using an English roller be usable to fine tune it? I question if it would fit and if the fenders braces would get in the way.


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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
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#26
Stainless is a harder metal it will take a better “beating”. Lol still to get it nice again , it will need some fine sanding and serious polishing to get it to shine up and it still will show every small dent left.. if not done right.. lot harder to get straight. I hate stainless. Takes too much time to get perfect.. you know I think you should get a new panel. Straightening stainless you have to be really good at body work it’s not for the faint of hart and a novice it takes lots of patience and body work knowledge or get a fender roller on this one....doing it by hand isn’t easy.
 
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razinhellcustomz

Wore out three sets of tires already!
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#27
After you hammer it out, would using an English roller be usable to fine tune it? I question if it would fit and if the fenders braces would get in the way.


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You could try an english wheel. I saw your front fender also has a big dent. Some body must have been really pissed off at your bike, or what made such huge dents? Ride on. Razin. P.S. The braces do come off. If their rivets, Drill out and replace with screws or new rivets. Easy Beans.
 

Brutuskend

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#28
I had been looking for a good dolly for some time for fender work. Something with compound curves, and I finally got a 2 inch and a 4 inch heavy pvc pipe elbow. With the 2 inch one I can use it as a dolly for the inside of the fender and, after cutting the 4 inch in half, I can use that as a dolly for the outside of the fender. I had to do a little filing and sanding.to get things nice and smooth, but since I couldn't come up with anything steel with the curves I wanted, this works well for light hammering work.
 

morton

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Nov 9, 2007
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#29
Best dent repair "tool" ever is a class a bodyman for a friend. My buddy worked on high dollar classics for a restoration shop, was a Corvette specialist at a busy GM dealer, straightened frames, and did about anything you can imagine with metal and fiberglass. I would show him a dented fender, he would look at it for a few moments, get out the appropriate dolly/hammer, and presto, some tapping, a couple of coats of primer, wet sand and the dent was gone. Note: I did the primer/wet sand! :cool:

Never forget the time I was having trouble getting the door to latch properly on my MGA. I was back and forth with that latch plate a hundred times but nothing worked. He took one look at , said "give me a screw driver," and in 30 seconds I had a perfectly adjusted door latch!

He is retired now and has many interesting stories like the time an elderly lady brought back her Cadillac and complained he hadn't properly repaired her car. She was in a huff because the emblems on her wheel covers weren't aligned on the front and rear wheels! Knowing it was useless to argue, he apologized and made a big show of pulling the front wheel cover and carefully positioning it so the logo was in the same orientation as the rear. His buddies in the shop were laughing the axes off the whole time, especailly when she thanked him for taking care of her problem and drove off. Kicker to this story is she never came back to complain. He guessed a friend or relative clued her in about wheel cover alignment. :)
 
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twinflight

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#32
Does anyone have any before and after photos? I’ve never done body work so I’m curious how to set my expectations since I’m OCD about projects. After you pop a dent back into place is there still a wrinkle?


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49autocycledeluxe

I live for the CABE
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#33
to get rid of the "wrinkle" which is the metal that has been stretched a person can shrink the stretch with heat via a torch or a shrinking disc. both take some skills where most likely a person would screw it up, you could probably get a nice fender for the price of a shrinking disc.

the other option would be to sand the wrinkle out, then polish the whole fender back to shiny. (assuming this fender is stainless and not chrome)
on a regular painted steel fender you can sand the wrinkle out and just prime and block to perfection. if it is chrome you can only make it better, perfect would be difficult at best
 

razinhellcustomz

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 28, 2018
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#34
Does anyone have any before and after photos? I’ve never done body work so I’m curious how to set my expectations since I’m OCD about projects. After you pop a dent back into place is there still a wrinkle?


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Not if you do it rite. The process takes a little time. Slow and easy as you go. Good luck. RIDE ON. Razin.
 

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