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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-27-2001, 09:00 AM
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Just another learning experience

I know a lot of guys panic when something goes wrong with their Jeep, especially if it is something they haven't tackled before. But, the way it should be looked at is as "another learning experience". I've been working on vehicles for 30 years, but never had to do much in the way of body work, always had a pro do it. Well, on Sat., wheeling in the Rock Garden, we took the long way in. I did all the obstacles, didn't have to take any bypasses, even did a couple pretty easily I've never tried before. So, feeling all confident by the time we were nearing the end, feeling like Joe Ace Rock Crawler, I wasn't paying attention on the last obstacle and put the right front fender of my Jeep into a wall...HARD. Completely crumpled it and folded it under, we unfolded it but it looks like hell. Now its time to learn body work, instead of a problem I choose to look at this as "Just another learning experience". Checked a body work textbook out of the library last nite, my friend Jaffer has some body tools from the "Princess" restoration. This is the great thing about Jeeps, unless you have a pocket full of money you are always learning something new! Point is, don't be shy, go for it! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Jeeps are the best place to learn bodywork, they look like hell when they are new, so it's not hard to match.
I think metal shrinking is the most important part of the repair, you just can't make it look right if there is too much metal.

I'm close to my ultimate goal, the rapidly removable body panel, just unbolt it, throw it on the bench, and hammer it flat. : )

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This is just my opinion Brad , <font color=blue>depends how bad the fender is</font color=blue> , but I can buy a brand new one ( repro) that fits perfect for $ 150.00 CAN ( bout 90 bucks US) . I`ve just learned ALL about bodywork and done TONS of it lately on my Jeep but the fenders ( because of how cheap they are) will be new . Just my .02


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Yeah, I've seen that I can buy them, but the way I look at it, I may as well give it a try fixing it. If it can be fixed, it should cost me virtually nothing, just a little paint. If I end up messing it up worse, or just can't get it acceptable, well then all I've done is learned something new and spent a little time. Body work is one of those things that I've always meant to dabble in, here's a reason to start!

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youll prolly end up smashing it again anyways.

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Well Brad, my hat's off to you! As the farmers say: "Green things grow. Ripe things rot." I'm glad you still got some growin' room left in you. Have fun with that fender. If nothing else it will be fun!

How about some Before, during and after pictures... as well as some text as to what you've learned from this project. Then we can all learn too!

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Yep , your probably right and it will be a good experience for you . My other post came from a guy who spent most of the winter messing with cutting metal and body filler and spot putty and was tired of even thinking about doing anymore (hehe) . Mine was(is) a total re-do and my patience is running out with using sand paper [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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OK, Larry, here's a couple before pics, I'll take some later of the after, when its done.
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Hey now, thats not too bad really. Would be a great time to convert to "flat-fenders" too...

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