[ROVERNET - UK] Bonnet repair

birdie birdies at ix.netcom.com
Sun Aug 27 03:49:37 BST 2006

Steven --

thanks so much. That indeed will be the ticket!

I'll have to create a rover restoration page with this project.



Steven Dibdin wrote:

> Would a stud welder work on a aluminium bonnet though?
> If there is enough room to get a old leaf from a leaf spring (as in 
> live axle) behind the dent you may be able to use that and a dolly to 
> get the dent back to somewhere reasonable. Then skim with bondo. Bear 
> in mind you will have less trouble with sinks in the paint finish if 
> you bondo then filler-prime. There's agood basic book on panel beating 
> from practical classics.
> http://www.practicalclassics.co.uk/shop/profiles/by-id/13688/
> Hope that helps somewhat. Also remember that ally doesn't like to be 
> bent too much, it work hardens quite quickly.
> Cheers,
> StevenD
>> From: "Slatskars" <slatskars at comcast.net>
>> Reply-To: rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com
>> To: <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
>> Subject: Re: [ROVERNET - UK] Bonnet repair
>> Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 17:36:21 -0700
>> There is another way to pull the dent instead of drilling holes. The 
>> tool to use is a stud welder. This welds small nail looking things to 
>> the area to be pulled. A special slide hammer is then used to pull 
>> the dent. After this is done a small grinder knocks off the stud. No 
>> hole to fill. Stud welders are available from Harbor Freight for 
>> around $120 normally. You can find them on e-bay from harbor freight 
>> also. If you select a body shop, I would ask if they have such a 
>> tool. These are great for inaccessible areas.
>> Minimal heat is applied, so no warping.
>> Slats
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "birdie" <birdies at ix.netcom.com>
>> To: <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
>> Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2006 2:48 PM
>> Subject: [ROVERNET - UK] Bonnet repair
>>> Anyone have any tips on bonnet repair.
>>> My original was rather mucked up at a body repair shop as they used 
>>> ALOT of bondo on the nose....
>>> So, I found a used one...has a knuckle sized ding in the nose, but 
>>> is also popped up abit on one side of the nose 'round where the 
>>> "line" comes down the bonnet to the nose....in otherwords, from dead 
>>> center - over about 6". Instead of being inset below that line, it's 
>>> popped up and it looks like the whole front passenger side is 
>>> tweaked just a little.....
>>> I could take pictures.
>>> But, in terms of....technique....I know they can't hammer around the 
>>> nose area as it is rolled.  Can they put nails in and pull? I don't 
>>> think it can be heated...
>>> Any ace body shop people in Southern California I could take it too?
>>> It's not bad...but...I think it is going to be pretty tricky.
>>> Cheers
>>> Kathleen

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