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1964 Chevy Chevelle Body Work - Metal Mashing

Pull It, Pound It And Tap It To Get The Dings Out.

By Mike Harrington

According to legend, "there is more than one way to skin a cat." But does anyone really know how to skin a cat and the various methods? Even more disturbing, why are cats being skinned to begin with? When it comes to auto body techniques the same "skinning a cat" saying can be applied to metal finishing techniques as well. When it comes to metal finishing, you might get three different opinions from four different body guys. And what's more, they may all yield the same results, those being a smoothed metal surface ready for prep and paint.

The method that we employed in pulling the dent in this '64 Chevelle is the industry standard practice. Once again we found ourselves at Harrison's Restorations, where Roy Landgrave, an autobody instructor at a local high school, gave us the straight dope on metal work. With 10 years under his belt as an instructor, Roy kept emphasizing that patience and a disciplined approach will do the job right the first time. It's hard to tell from a few photos, but from start to finish the methods that were demonstrated took about four hours to complete. And this was only one dent using one method. If you have a few to repair, count on taking several hours for each dent. Now let's get busy, shall we?

By Mike Harrington
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