[ROVERNET - UK] Bonnet repair

Slatskars slatskars at comcast.net
Sun Aug 27 07:47:02 BST 2006


Very good question. I don't really have the answer to that. Will check with 
a friend that used a stud welder extensively on an MGA regarding the 
aluminum. May take a week or so to get the answer. I was not thinking 
aluminum when I suggested the stud welder.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steven Dibdin" <sdibdin at hotmail.com>
To: <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2006 7:11 PM
Subject: Re: [ROVERNET - UK] Bonnet repair

> 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.
>>----- 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.
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