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Old 04-06-2021, 10:30 AM
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I'd like some advice on the best way to proceed with the straightening of this panel. It was completely smooshed in two places just to the inside of the tail lights. I've gotten it to this stage, with a combination of wheeling (where I could) and heat shrinking. I think the metal is tired of this abuse, and the reverses and outside flanges are complicating things for me. I have thought about flattening the flanges, then putting them back when I'm satisfied with the shape. I'm also considering a handheld planishing hammer, or handheld wheel.
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Old 04-06-2021, 03:08 PM
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You can reliably straighten it with the tool you see in the 6th minute of this video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01RnS6G6t30
If you don't have a chance, cut, knock, weld. But maybe someone will have an idea. I don't know how hard it is after all these years. Maybe burn out and knock.
I used a similar method on stainless steel. There was no other option. The bulge did not go down otherwise. There was no room for shaping.

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Old 04-06-2021, 07:31 PM
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Jaroslav, I think you are correct, and it's stretched a lot.
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