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Unread 12-06-2008, 11:24 AM   #1
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advice on straighting body damage? pass rocker area

im trying to straighten out some body damage from the PO before installing my atoz rockers,

there was a crappy bondo job done on it , which basicly just fell apart when cracked.

the dent is pretty big, looks like he slid into a tree.

i've been beating it with a sledge hammer for a bit, not getting me anywhere fast, looking for some advice on something i can do .

it doesnt have to be perfect, , i just want to close the gap along the top edge where the rocker will end so there isnt an 1" gap.


here are the pics, i have a straight edge on the 2nd picture so you can see what " straight " would be , it's pretty far off right now.






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Unread 12-06-2008, 11:40 AM   #2
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Can you put a board inside and hammer it that way? What if you drill the holes and just tighten the bolts. Obviously you need longer ones to pull it.
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Unread 12-06-2008, 11:42 AM   #3
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i've been using a piece of 2x4 along with the hammer, not doing so well,


and the holes are pretty far spaced apart , and dont think they'd pull it much.


i've been brainstorming picking up a come-along , drilling a hole in the center of the damage, and through a 2x4 placed behind the damage, rig up some sort of bolt through the 2x4, sticking out the body, connecting to the come along, which is secured to a tree maybe, and pulling it?

anybody ever done something sim?


another problem is having all the seat hardware in the way.

doesnt give me much room to swing a hammer

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Unread 12-06-2008, 11:46 AM   #4
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save yourself some money and put some armor on there, like gen right sliders. take out the seats and beet them with a BFH, get them to the right depth, then throw those rock sliders on there, and never look back..
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Unread 12-06-2008, 11:49 AM   #5
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........well,that's exactly what im doing, i bought the atoz rockers , they are here, painted and ready to mount, the problem im having is beating them out.
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Unread 12-06-2008, 01:18 PM   #6
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You may want to take it to a body shop that has a stud welder, puller. It's a tool that welds little tabs to the body which then can be pulled on with a dent puller and get the major dent out, shouldn't cost more than a few hundred. Then finish with a hammer and dolly.

If you don't want to do that then get a good hammer and dolly set and with the dent pick(looks like a sharped ball peen) wail away at the dent making a bunch of little dents, which will start to push the panel back into shape. It is going to look bad at first but keep working at it with hammers and dollies and it will come back, I've fixed much worse. Or you can bolt some angle iron like 3" x12" or so to the seat mount and use a bottle jack with a large piece of plate steel and force the panel back. Good luck!
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Unread 12-06-2008, 01:26 PM   #7
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Pull the seat bang the dint out without the 2X4, if anything use the 2X4 on the outside to bang it flat. Go easy on it but it shouldn't be too hard to tap it back in from the outside if you go too far.
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Unread 12-06-2008, 01:26 PM   #8
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I'd take the seat out and then start swinging again.
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Unread 12-06-2008, 02:27 PM   #9
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Remove the seat and give it another go with the hammer.

After that I would put the rocker up there with a backing plate on it and just use the rocker to pull it out.
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Unread 12-06-2008, 05:10 PM   #10
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thanks guys, i removed the passenger seat and spent about 2 hours beating it with a 2x4.

got it pretty straight, close enough.. maybe a 1/4 " gap at the worst where the rocker will put it in.

threw some primer on it, and some rustoleum black.

not a great match, but i figure most of it will be covered by the rocker,..


fun fun.






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Unread 12-06-2008, 05:15 PM   #11
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Good work. Where did you get the Mag-lite holder? Are you gonna laugh or cry if the door doesn't close now?
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Looks good.

After you put the rockers on, run a small bead of black rtv along the top edge to seal them up and keep debris/water out and to close up any remaining gap.

EDIT: I used "Permatex Ultra Black" on mine.
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Good work. Where did you get the Mag-lite holder? Are you gonna laugh or cry if the door doesn't close now?


i'd prob. laugh, but it SHOULD be fine, considering there was a gap between the bottom of the door before i even started.

plus i have the bestop plastic half doors, so it should have a little flex. i dont imagine a problem.



as far as the mag light holder, i picked it up from graingers, but i've seen them at home depot and lowes in the flashlight section.
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Looks good.

After you put the rockers on, run a small bead of black rtv along the top edge to seal them up and keep debris/water out and to close up any remaining gap.

EDIT: I used "Permatex Ultra Black" on mine.
good idea, i think i have some left over black RTV from when i did my riddler diff cover.
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Unread 12-06-2008, 06:15 PM   #15
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kinda late now, I use a porta power cylinder to push things like that out with making things worse.

nice job tho for a hammer..
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