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PDR on my 73 Cuda

73-Cudah2

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I am re-posting this here on this thread, seems to be a better location
I lost my original thread.
I am looking and doing PDR on my 73 Cuda rear quarter panel. the needs to be repainted but want to do that later on
have other things to repair first. I am in the process of making a pulling platform for this to pull with glue and straps once I have it finished I'll post more on progress.

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I hope that you are not driving on those 40+ year old T/As. You will need a lot more body work if you do.
Take the rear seats out and the door panel.
PDR will not work on those creases in the metal.
 

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Lol no but these I drove home on. This is why I replaced them for sure!
 

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Now that my Dash lights are working I'm moving on to finishing the PDR dent puller tool. Hope to have some good news soon!
 

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Sorry I have not had an update in a while, Just finishing up PDR dent puller. getting ready to pull the panel out.
 

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Soon to test it out.
 

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Looks good. I really appreciate your repurposing of material in building it. I do that a LOT.
Looking forward to your results.
 

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Thanks! I like to use old bed rails because they are high carbon which makes them very hard to bend
but on the down side also hard to drill. I just hope my welds hold? I'll be using extra straps and blanket to keep things
together just in case if they fail? I'll post more pictures when I start.
 

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thats a cool looking jig you made a steady pull near those creases by the body line and push from inside love to see more pics best of luck
 

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Sorry for the long pause in my atempt at PDR work. I starting setting it up I hope to have go at it soon. Looking at doing deep dents first then work out from there. I did change my to the spare tire so not to damage the the new rims. I just need to remove the rear windows mech and preheat the panel with a heat gun. then I can start working the panel with tools. Hope to update soon with progress.
 

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I would try working the big one below the body line get tension on that try pushing out above the body line from inside or the plunger trick. best of luck
 

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Thanks for the information Cuda joe! Yes I agree that would seem like the best place to start undo some of the tension in the panel.
I'll use a centipede strip below and pull while working the back of the panel out.
 

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I tried some PDR online glue with a centipede strip but it didn't work to well. I did order the strong Camauto glue sticks ( the ones that picked up a frontend of a small car) I hope to have better luck with that. They should be here by the end of the week. I tried to pull forward with the other sticks while trying to work pushing out from the inside but they didn't hold. mainly working the deep bottom dent at this time.
Thanks for you advice, What kind do you recommend?
 

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I'm not sure what you are looking for regarding a finished repair. That dent cannot be properly repaired using PDR methods. The best you could hope for is to "rough it out" but it will be ugly. My concern is pulling the paint with the glue, which WILL happen if you don't get everything correct. Temp of glue..where to pull first, second...etc..direction of tension relief...probly not something I'd tackle without someone with some experience to oversee. There is a lot of tension on very heavy metal on a car that has been painted...
 
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