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dan0 (Forum Supporter)
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8/30/21 9:26 a.m.
TED_fiestaHP said:

  Harbor freight sells a hydraulic ram tool, has lots of adapters and stuff.  For what it can be used for, it is really cheap.  I have one, it's really handy.

  I also bought the tool they have, that welds little sticks to the dent, then you use a slide hammer on the little sticks.  Takes a little practice, you start at the edges of the dent, and keep making the dent smaller.

The spot welder is already on my shopping list. I've seen that ram as well and considering it over jack and 2x4. 

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8/30/21 9:28 a.m.
AAZCD (Forum Supporter) said:

If using the jack & 2x4 method make sure that the surface that you are pushing from is reinforced so that it doesn't deform as the other end is corrected. -Push from a wide base to a focused point.

I was thinking the same. Before I get a dent or hole through the floor. I have some wide boards used previously as ATV loading ramps to cut smaller and use as base plates. 

TED_fiestaHP
TED_fiestaHP HalfDork
8/30/21 11:33 a.m.

    The hydraulic ram tool will be far better than attempting to use a bottle jack.  You do have to be careful about what you are pushing against, when I used it on a race car, the cage was far stronger than the dented sheet metal, so that was handy.  One nice thing about the ram tool, the pump is on a hose so you can be a little bit away from the ram,  Go slow and it just might work....

     The tool that welds those little sticks on, yep it basically spot welds them on, so there can't be any paint.  Any paint and won't make electrical connection and nothing happens.  The slide hammer attachment is a little tricky to use, takes a little practice.  Handy if you don't have access to the other side of the dent.  Work the edges of the dent and slowly make the dent smaller, actually kind of fun but takes time.

TED_fiestaHP
TED_fiestaHP HalfDork
8/30/21 11:51 a.m.

 

     Pictures of mini cooper roof repair, using the harbor freight slide hammer tool.   Not sure how this compares to some of the dents you have, but you can see what can be done.   Start at the edges of the dent, pull each stick just a little bit.  Can always go back and pull again on some of them, just don't over do it on one spot.   Sometimes you have to remove some that get in the way of adding more where you want.   Much better than the old dent pulled that would leave a bunch of holes.

 

dan0 (Forum Supporter)
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9/6/21 4:56 p.m.

I might just have to buy another Boxster and turn this into a cart.  I've driven it a total of 3 times and not sure if I can wait to drive more. 
1. 100 yards to load and unload. 
2. 1/2 mile up my street and back

3. 3.9 miles total. Let it warm up and cruised a little bit then opened it up on a straight road. 
 

 

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9/6/21 9:18 p.m.

I have an engine hoist that I'm not currently using if you want to give that a try. It has a pretty long reach. 

dan0 (Forum Supporter)
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9/7/21 4:45 p.m.

I have one at a friends house I need to go collect. 
 

I've been working on the fenders and quarters with some success. 
 

I really need to try the windshield frame soon so I know what direction I'm going to end up going.

I've  also been looking at other cheap Boxsters now to potentially get one on the road quick then take longer with this or migrate it to a cart project. 
 

Still having fun. 

dan0 (Forum Supporter)
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9/20/21 7:24 p.m.

The urge to turn this into a cart is rising. 
 

AND buy another Boxster to swap a VW/Audi  1.8t into. 
 

I have problems. 

dan0 (Forum Supporter)
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10/20/21 5:07 p.m.

Well it's going half cart I think. Latest plan is to gut as much weight out as possible. Cut out the rest of the windshield frame, remove dashboard, and then build (or more likely have someone qualified build) a cage for it that I can throw a half windshield on. 
 

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