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Old June 19th, 2007, 11:29 AM
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Long story short, pulled out a jeep which its accelerator stuck in the process. I searched around and basically it isn't looking good to beat this back out I assume. Can you just replace the panel and the cap without taking the tub out? What do you guys think would be the easiest course of action. If i can beat it out to look half decent I would just do that. It was a friend that hit me so it may be hard to get him to fork out enough dough.
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Old June 19th, 2007, 11:40 AM
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Have him hit the other side so they match...

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Old June 19th, 2007, 11:46 AM
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Ouch! Sorry that happened. Yeah, it would be tough to make a friend cough up the $$$ to fix it. I'm no body expert but it looks like a clean yet sharp bend that might be tough to beat out, i.e. the aluminum may split at the crease. To replace the skin, you would have to drill out all the spot welds and rivets and remove the capping. Call George @ RDS, he may have some panels.


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Old June 19th, 2007, 02:09 PM
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Bang it out. It will add character.
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Old June 19th, 2007, 03:25 PM
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If you decide to beat it out, heat it first. Liquid dish washer soap on one side and torch on the other. When the soap bubbles and turns black - stop heating. The aluminum can now be "beat on" without cracking it. The crease corresponds to the wheel well and beating it out will be difficult. It will look nicer to drill out and replace.
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Old June 19th, 2007, 03:35 PM
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How about a flush patch ...

You could always cut out what is bent very neatly and then, using countersunk rivets make a flush patch. The seam would show but no one ever looks at both sides of your car at the same time.

Just an idea ! It is used extensively in aviation.

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Old June 19th, 2007, 03:45 PM
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It was a friend that hit me so it may be hard to get him to fork out enough dough.
Screw that - he does carry insurance, right?

Call the agent and get it fixed right. I wouldn't make a friend eat the deductible, but heck let the ins co pay for most of it.
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Old June 19th, 2007, 03:58 PM
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I actually thought it was a cooling vent for the rear brake system? I am with Keith, you guys split the deductable and let insurance take care of it properly.
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Old June 19th, 2007, 06:58 PM
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When I made my 90, all my panels were used. I did all the body work and all the painting. The problem with what you are facing is that the panel most likely is stretched, especially at the horizontal line of rivits, and fixing it will be very difficult. You won't be able to bang that out completely. Matter of fact, I think it may be difficult to get it even close enough that the aluminum "bondo" will be thin enough to really work well. If it were mine, I would just get some aluminum sheeting or a replacement panel and skin that area, preferably from the back, and then use the aluminum bondo to skim it back to flush. I would probably first try and bang it out using heat described above and see how close I could make it and if I could get within about 1/4 to 3/8" I would fill it with the aluminum fill. Removing that panel to replace it would be a major undertaking.

Actually, as I give it more thought, I would get a replacement side, and cut out just the area that is dented from both the truck and the new panel but leave about 1" of the dented panel below the horizontal line of rivits. I would drill out all the vertical rivits. I would cut a 2" strip of aluminum and bond it (or rivit it) to the 1" horizontal flap you left on the truck and then put then bond that to the new panel as it lines up. Kind of like using tape behind the two lined up panels. This little seam I would fill in with aluminum fill and have it painted.

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Old June 19th, 2007, 07:14 PM
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What makes it harder to just bang out is the corner was pushed in a little bit. You can see the capping is not straight down. My bumper took most of the hit, but just enough caught the corner. Light guard saved the light, but I am sure it didn't help my body panel.
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Go to an Audi dealer and ask for a good body shop that does aluminum, the A8 is aluminum and they will have a source that knows how to fix it.
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What do you guys think would be the easiest course of action.
Thats a no-brainer!
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Old June 19th, 2007, 07:56 PM
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Ouch! Sorry that happened. Yeah, it would be tough to make a friend cough up the $$$ to fix it. I'm no body expert but it looks like a clean yet sharp bend that might be tough to beat out, i.e. the aluminum may split at the crease. To replace the skin, you would have to drill out all the spot welds and rivets and remove the capping. Call George @ RDS, he may have some panels.


Good luck!

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I have done this and this is the only way to make it look nice and stock. Replace the panel. Its not that hard. I just did a series tub an dit came out really nice. If you lived in the area, I would have done it.. lol
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You can use a compound called Speedgrip Structural Adhesive. Need about 3/4" to 1" overlap for it to work, but you could get (or fabricate) a rear corner. Cut away the section about an inch below the rivets. Carefully bend that lip out to near vertical and bond the replacement section to that lip. New corner cap and a small amount of bondo for the seam created and new paint.
You can also use a backing piece of aluminum and lay the upper and lower pieces edge to edge - but then you would have to drill out the rivets above the bend to get a flat surface to bond to the backing piece.
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I have guy here (in Wilmington) that could weld a tin can back together.......
I punched a hole in the side of my 110 and he fixed it perfectly.
He restores porsches/jags/muscle cars
Email me for his info.....
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Old June 20th, 2007, 09:17 AM
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Get it fixed right or you will regret not having it done. Now is the time while your friend is around and owns up to the accident. And by the way, if he truly is a friend, he won't avoid helping you get some resolution to this. This is beyond a blemish and will hurt should you ever sell.
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George has that body panel (new) on sale for $50. Give Rovers Down South a call.
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Thats a no-brainer!

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Old June 23rd, 2007, 12:37 AM
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I did that exact bit of damage at Uwharrie this year - it does not go back into shape well at all. That being said, I plan on just rolling with it for a couple years. Maybe I just badly need the cred...
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