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Front Fender Seperation

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by beefcake83, Aug 21, 2001.

  1. beefcake83

    beefcake83 1/2 ton status

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    My right side fender has a dent that I'd like to pound out (no, I don't want THAT much character in my rig), but in order to do so, I need to remove the fender and seperate the outer and inner skins. Anyone done this before? The upper area where the two meet (the area that the hood covers) appears to be bonded together somehow. I'm used to having bolts along the top, but my '83 looks to be tack or pinch welded from the factory every foot or so. Thanks

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  2. dyeager535

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    IIRC, if you can't see the dent from the inside, with the fender removed, you can't get at the dent. The only bolt on piece is the inner fender. : (

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    if you can get to the area from the inside just use a metal cutting hole saw and make an access and you can beat on it with the fender in place

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  4. wayne

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    Does it have a crease in the dent, or is it at the body line. If not and it is just a pressure dent like something just pushed it in, go to the bathroom and get the plunger and stick it on and give it a good pull. Don't laugh because this does work sometimes just ask Donna. I did this on one of her old cars and she laughed up untill I popped the dent out.

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    If you do end up having to take off the inner, it's spot welded and you'll probably want to get a spot weld cutter. You can get 'em to go on drills, air tools, etc. Fun, fun!

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    Well, unfortunately the dent is fist size and is located right behind the headlamp at the front of the fender. Just a tight area to try to get to. Probably half an inch deep. - Gary

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  7. HarryH3

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    Look in the Yellow Pages to see if you have a "Paintless Dent Removal" type of place in your area. They do big business in Colorado due to the high incidence of hail storms in the summer. They have special tools that can reach into some pretty tight areas and then massage out the dent.

    Most regular body shops will recommend against trying to work out a dent on a fender. The cost of labor to fix the dent usually exceeds the cost of installing a new fender. [​IMG]

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