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Anyone here done low-tech body repair?

WARNING! This thread is automotive in nature, so if that offends you, fuck off.

I finally got around to working on my el-cheapo Audi 90 Quattro with the smacked front end. The bodywork on the inner fenders was pushed in on both sides, which made fitment of the replacement fenders and hood support impossible. I'd been wondering how to go about pulling these out for some time. I opted to weld a large flat washer onto a cheap Harbor Freight vice grips, and use my chains and come-along. I positioned the car diagonally between two vertical posts in my shop (it's a pole building), and chained it at either end. I was blown away how much I was able to pull and straighten on my first try. I almost completely nailed the worst side with one pull.

Anyone else pulled this sort of bodywork-on-the-cheap off, before?

You can see the extreme buckle in the inner fender on the drivers side, here (the top were the fender bolts down should be flat all the way across):

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Fucking right off now....
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I fucking concur, STFU and go where you belong to with your stupid saab.
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I fucking concur, STFU and go where you belong to with your stupid saab.
Hey! Don't be talking shit to Z, Mr._coon!

I just fucked off 'cause I don't know what a come-along is...

[I'm thinking a winch, maybe. ]
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WARNING! This thread is automotive in nature, so if that offends you, fuck off.

I finally got around to working on my el-cheapo Audi 90 Quattro with the smacked front end. The bodywork on the inner fenders was pushed in on both sides, which made fitment of the replacement fenders and hood support impossible. I'd been wondering how to go about pulling these out for some time. I opted to weld a large flat washer onto a cheap Harbor Freight vice grips, and use my chains and come-along. I positioned the car diagonally between two vertical posts in my shop (it's a pole building), and chained it at either end. I was blown away how much I was able to pull and straighten on my first try. I almost completely nailed the worst side with one pull.

Anyone else pulled this sort of bodywork-on-the-cheap off, before?

You can see the extreme buckle in the inner fender on the drivers side, here (the top were the fender bolts down should be flat all the way across):

That is as good of a way as any, short of getting it up on a frame machine and locking it down. If you have the opportunity to "borrow" a second Audi 90 Q, take all sorts of measurements that will help you determine when you are square. It boils down to simple geometry. Make sure you get vertical measurements also.

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Hey! Don't be talking shit to Z, Mr._coon!

I just fucked off 'cause I don't know what a come-along is...

[I'm thinking a winch, maybe. ]
OK pussy, I am convinced, I'll fuck the fuck off too.

Z, my apologies.

Enjoy your saab work.

Oh, STFU! LOL.
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Hey, fuck all ya'll, and what's with the Saab shit? I haven't driven a Saab in a quarter century--Cunt. Thanks McB, but this car is slated to be my Winter beater, so close enough is good enough--it's all cosmetic, since the collision mercifully avoided the frame rails and other assorted "driveability" bits.
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Honestly, for $2,500.00 you can buy a great running and decent looking winter beater without all the effort.
But if you must...
Anyway you can pull it works for me. I once straightened the cab on a F-150 using the wench on the front of my Jeep and the Jeep itself of course. Worked but I actually over pulled it and had to yank the other way.
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I had a beat up Corolla when I was a kid. The pipe between the cats and the muffler rusted through. I formed a junction with a Snap-E-Tom can and two clamps. Worked perfect.

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