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Old May 1st, 2013, 05:21 PM
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I need some suggestions on how to fix this... will I need to replace the panels, or can this be smoothed out somehow...

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Old May 1st, 2013, 05:33 PM
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Dan, no suggestions here , but how did you get such trail rash with that cage?
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Old May 1st, 2013, 05:34 PM
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Leave it. You best option is a full tub side as no other way to get the spot welds, but then the 18 year old paint won't match the new etc.
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Old May 1st, 2013, 05:40 PM
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Dan, no suggestions here , but how did you get such trail rash with that cage?
It's damage that happened before the cage was added...
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Old May 1st, 2013, 08:38 PM
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Hey that looks like mine! Taking it to see what my body shop can do! Ill let you know.
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Old May 1st, 2013, 10:33 PM
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My understanding is that should buff out ?
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Old May 2nd, 2013, 11:06 AM
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Old May 2nd, 2013, 11:25 AM
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 02:49 PM
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Hey that looks like mine! Taking it to see what my body shop can do! Ill let you know.
Ouch, Brewie!

Mine is actually the result of the Defender rolling over on its side in a parking lot during one of the original owner's drunken stupors... There's slight damage going down the entire side of the vehicle, but the worst is in that rear panel.

I may just leave it, I have a lot of customers that see my 90, and I always give them a good "excursion story" of how it got the dents... I think it would be ok if I did the damage myself...
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The spot welds can be drilled out and the rivets chiseled off the cappings allowing the entire panel to be removed. The spot welds should be done from the outside so that the flanges inside are not drilled. Installing the replacement panel is done with PanelBond adhesive which will be far superior to the original weldment in strength. IDK where to get the panel but I know they are available.

I would leave it myself. It's part of the vehicle's history no matter how ignominious. It may be somewhat humorous to put a large band-aid over the hole, and write "ouch!" with a paint pen.
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 04:46 PM
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The spot welds can be drilled out and the rivets chiseled off the cappings allowing the entire panel to be removed. The spot welds should be done from the outside so that the flanges inside are not drilled. Installing the replacement panel is done with PanelBond adhesive which will be far superior to the original weldment in strength. IDK where to get the panel but I know they are available.

I would leave it myself. It's part of the vehicle's history no matter how ignominious. It may be somewhat humorous to put a large band-aid over the hole, and write "ouch!" with a paint pen.

Just to add to Bill's comment; Eastwood has a spot weld removal tool and an add on for a regular mig welder to spot weld. I haven't tried them out yet put it looks pretty cool.
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 04:54 PM
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I was kinda curious if it would be possible to get the spot welds back in the right spot. I'm sure a seasoned enthusiast would spot the missing spotwelds rather quickly.
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I know it is not the correct side, but they are out there if you decide to fix it

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Land-Rover...item27d270042f

Alternatively you could clean it up the best you can and skim it with bondo and repaint.
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 05:25 PM
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I know it is not the correct side, but they are out there if you decide to fix it

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Land-Rover...item27d270042f

Alternatively you could clean it up the best you can and skim it with bondo and repaint.
Yeah, that crossed my mind

Skimming that small little bit after a little more hammering would be so bad?
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