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Old 11-12-2012, 06:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Howdie Rover Boys and Girls! Was coming back from deer hunting last week and one of them decided to get revenge and charged my rig from the ditch! Anyway, he hit me on the passenger side right behind the gas riser and before the right rear marker. The body is just pushed in with no scraps/scratches or gouges. Would I be able to have this pulled out by suction? Is there a way to take the rear interior off from inside and maybe push it out from within? It's really not that bad at all and am actually not too worried about it due to how minor of a 'ding' it is. It's approx. 1.5' round and maybe pushed in about 1.5 inches. I haven't figured out how to upload pics yet so I can't help out that way..

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Old 11-12-2012, 07:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The diameter and depth of the ding you describe (1.5" x 1.5") make it sound quite small and deep which likely means that the sheet metal was stretched inward and trying to use the suction method would probably not work. You'd probably have to use a shrinking hammer (158 Shrinking Hammer) with some kind of backing to get the metal back to its original shape. Unfortunately, this would mean ruining the paint and probably having to repaint that portion of the panel.

I say leave the dent and use it as motivation for your next hunting trip.
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The fenders are aluminum and if you remove the inner interior panel, you should be able to push out the damage fairly easily.
Any extra venison left over???????
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The diameter and depth of the ding you describe (1.5" x 1.5") make it sound quite small and deep which likely means that the sheet metal was stretched inward and trying to use the suction method would probably not work. You'd probably have to use a shrinking hammer (158 Shrinking Hammer) with some kind of backing to get the metal back to its original shape. Unfortunately, this would mean ruining the paint and probably having to repaint that portion of the panel.

I say leave the dent and use it as motivation for your next hunting trip.
Sorry...1.5 ft around as in 18 inches. Are the interior panels difficult to remove?
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Ahhh - that changes things. You should be able to push it out. Interior panels are easy to remove, but getting access to the location of the dent might be a little tougher considering that there is bracing in that portion of the body.

An 18" x 1.5" dent is about the perfect size for suction removal.
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i've seen people using dust off cans upside down to pop dents like that out too... but I wouldn't try that unless the suction cup doesn't seem to work. if the dent is between the taillight and the gas cap, you could probably take the taillight out and shove a broom handle (or something) down there to pop it back out. I keep thinking of a box-o-wine bag taped to a broomhandle and an air compressor to inflate it... all under the assumption you can access that area through the taillight (haven't taken one of them off in awhile). Goodluck. take a picture before/after for us... and certainly take a picture of my idea if you use it.

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i've seen people using dust off cans upside down to pop dents like that out too... but I wouldn't try that unless the suction cup doesn't seem to work. if the dent is between the taillight and the gas cap, you could probably take the taillight out and shove a broom handle (or something) down there to pop it back out. I keep thinking of a box-o-wine bag taped to a broomhandle and an air compressor to inflate it... all under the assumption you can access that area through the taillight (haven't taken one of them off in awhile). Goodluck. take a picture before/after for us... and certainly take a picture of my idea if you use it.

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LOL! That's quite an idea and I think I might try it if I can get a bag in there. My wife should have one ready by the end of the week. Once I can get the rig back in the garage or it warms up enough outside I'll work on it, right now the Minnesota winter is trying to bear its head.
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No bueno!

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