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#1 Peyman47

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Posted 23 April 2020 - 05:47 AM

Hi,

How can Repair this or pulled out dent ?

 

 

 

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Posted 23 April 2020 - 06:39 AM

Could you clear up some questions first:

 

- City shows “Tehran” (Iran?)

 

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Posted 23 April 2020 - 07:55 AM

Could you clear up some questions first:

 

- City shows “Tehran” (Iran?)

 

- IP address trade to the Netherlands

 

- Does car really have a 455 Buick

 

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#4 Aus78Formula

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Posted 23 April 2020 - 09:02 AM

You could pressurise it somehow but just as much chance the creases will create cracks or tears when bent back again. Consider a new Canadian Spectra tank. I shipped one around the world too.

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Posted 23 April 2020 - 05:31 PM

Most people just buy a new tank. But they can be repaired. I've even welded leaking ones, VERY CAREFULLY.

 

Use a stud gun and weld on a whole bunch of studs and pull them. Takes a while and if you've never done it before find a local body repair technician to show you how to work the dents out. Be sure tank is empty and have air hose flowing in tank while installing studs so you don't blow things up.

 

Once it's as good as you can get it, clip the studs, grind flush, hammer a little here and there if needed. Then use body filler and the same things you'd use for a fender to make it look new.

 

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Posted 25 April 2020 - 07:16 AM

Nice work. I didn't trust panel beaters enough to risk giving them my slightly dinged tank. But also didn't want to paint it.

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Posted 25 April 2020 - 12:23 PM

Here in the Northern states back when these cars were daily drivers they got backed into snow banks in the winter turning around in driveways and what not. Some people leaving for work after a night time snow fall would back out of driveways ramming the pile the city snow plows leave at the end of the driveway. That's why so many tanks have weird deformities.


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Posted 24 May 2020 - 04:05 AM

Damn, I've never seen anyone put that much effort into a gas tank... looks beautiful.






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