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PDR on my 73 Cuda

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Yes I will be repainting the car at some point, I just want to take the dent out as best I can my self. I will be taking it down to the metal when I start that process and work my way through body work and primer then paint. Thanks for the tips on pulling it out guys.
 

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Nothing ventured nothing gained. Are you trying to apply any force from behind. I think it might help. Just curious how it's going to come out.
 

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Yes once the glue is secure at the correct temp I will pull and push from behind.
 

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Project is on hold until I can get back to it. I had to attend to other vehicles issues radiator replacement in a charger and
broken rear side topper window ( someone wanting something in my truck bed such a pain! ) I made a sheet metal
cover for it, not sure I going to replace it. $ 560.00 replacement cost. I hope to get back to the Cuda in February. I'll update when I do.
I may try hydraulics to push also from inside to help push out dent thinking about it.
 

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Started working on PDR on the Cuda. Using it on the front right side of the header panel passenger side working out good.
I have a few dents that the paint was missing so just using home made tools to push them back.
I am using hydraulics push the lower quarter panel out then I will be using PDR tools to workout the dents that need work.

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Still working on them. I will post more pictures on them before I sand and primer the header panel. also the progress on the quarter panel progress.

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  • nice porta power set up on the quarter keep us updated thanks
 

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Looking great! Any way to show how you are moving material on the front of that driver's fender? Mine is bent in a similar manner, and I was thinking I would need to remove the headlight framing to access the back of it to pull out the crease. You obviously didn't do that, so I'm curious.
 

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I had to cut some of back plate that covers the headlight behind the head light plash shield. Used a steel rods and some custom rods
to help push out the dents from behind. I also covered the ends of the tools I made with Gorilla tape to protect from any sharp edges.
I had to replace the tape a few time because it gets worn.

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I have made some progress in pushing out the dent to start the PDR. it is working but slow process. Here are a few photos
of the progress. I used the poll on a wall with 2x6 and 2x4s to reinforce when using the porta power on the dents inside the car.
I also used the porta power inside the window well to push out in some areas.
the first one is before doing any PDR just pushed it out.

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Here are the ones during PDR.Only working on the upper section above body line at this point. still need to but out lower indent.
I am registered for Mopars in the park in Stillwater MN ( june 2,3,4) if you want to look at it more. Thanks for all the help and pointers on doing this.

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It;s taking shape you almost have it ready for body filler for the smaller low spots that you can;t push out we use a stud gun to pull them out thanks for your pictures and up date
 

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Sorry for the long pause! I will be starting up again now that winter is here again. I'll post the new progress on the panel.
I'll have to take it a part again. Had fun driving it around this summer!
 

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thanks for posting your progress and a happy thanksgiving to you
 
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