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Old 05-26-2011, 12:31 PM   #1
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Door corner repair!?

Hi all. While removing the doors on my 01 TJ, for what i'm sure was the first time of it's life, the door fell on the ground and dented the entire bottom corner toward the rear of the jeep. Due to this, I now can't close my door because it bent the corner around and inward along the side. any suggestions on how to bend it back without causing too much damage in the process? i have a 2 hour drive to/from badlands this weekend and would hate to be stuck without a door.
paint's gone off the corner, but that's something I will have to worry about when i get back. I attempted to use a set of vice-grips but the teeth were beginning to put some pits into the metal so i decided to hold off and ask for help.

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Old 05-26-2011, 12:41 PM   #2
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take the mirror off. 17mm nut I believe if its the same as my 98.

take some 2x4s and lay the door painted side down on the 2x4s.

take a short (about a foot) piece of 2x4 and put it right under the damaged area. Then hammer the piece back in to place. If your worried about having hammer marks on the door take an additional piece of 2x4 to use and a softener, so you hit the 2x4 and the 2x4 hits the door.

can be done with any size wood, I just happen to have a bunch of pieces of 2x4 laying around at home...

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Old 05-26-2011, 01:51 PM   #3
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awesome, thanks for the input! will try this when i get home.
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yeah, wood works best to help with hammer marks. But, get something on that bare steel when your done so it does not rust. Even if its primer or another color, anything is better than bare metal. It will rust within a day or two not being sealed up.
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Old 05-26-2011, 02:12 PM   #5
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Yep it's hammer and dolly time.

Take your time, if you have a rubber hammer or dead blow you will have less chance of marring up the metal any more. A piece of heavy towel works too, to cushion the blows.

Keep the block/ dolly tight against the side not being hammered (outside) this prevents the metal from springing/buckling on you. Also, on any dent the rule is first in last out. The metal stretched when it bent. You are going to have to work it back to compensate for this. So you start at the last part of the dent. The ends. Not the center point.

I know, you would think to just give it a big wack right at the big part, but all that does is buckle the metal. Just start at each end, going back and forth, slowly working the metal back up. It will go easier on you and look better.
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Old 05-27-2011, 01:24 AM   #6
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well here's what I ended up with. bent back, didn't do so well on that part haha
then primed.
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:53 AM   #7
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Little bondo and you're good to go.

Heck it's a Jeep, dents are badges of honor. Now all you have to do is come up with a better story. Like I was in the big rocks, had her nearly on her side, only thing keeping her up was the door planted on a bolder.

Sounds much better then, I dropped the door.
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Little bondo and you're good to go.

Heck it's a Jeep, dents are badges of honor. Now all you have to do is come up with a better story. Like I was in the big rocks, had her nearly on her side, only thing keeping her up was the door planted on a bolder.

Sounds much better then, I dropped the door.

Thats a good one!
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hahaha!

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