View Full Version : SOOTWGN bodywork

01-30-2008, 02:36 AM
Well im broke and seeing my wagon all bent up was making me emo. I decided to try pounding it out myself. It came out a LOT easier/faster than i expected. I only had about an hour to spend on it today so its still quite rough.

orignal accident damage

After an hour with a hammer, wood, rattle can white, and a new tail light.

Its very rough but I think i can get it at least close. Any tips/suggestions welcome.





Im not sure how to get the small wrinkles out. I think i just need a smaller hammer to fix the gap between the light.

I think im going to start prepping the rest of the body for paint. My decisions are weather or not to shave the side trim, plastic 86 style trim, butt cheeks. The B and C pilers seem to be coated in some kind of plastic which is starting to crack. Anyone ever just paint this part gloss black. Just looking for suggestions on what to do while im messing the paint up.

01-30-2008, 02:46 AM

It's looking better. You may still need to have it straightened a bit, but it shouldn't be very much at a frame shop to get that done... Probably less than $600... Maybe closer to $300 or so.


01-30-2008, 02:47 AM
i had to do this on my 84 244GL after someone had kicked in my quarter panel behind the gas cap door..

the person that did it has no more front teeth.. :-D

01-30-2008, 02:48 AM
See...... easier than swapping everything.

Hope it all turns out good, what I learned from doing actual bodywork (not bondo, glass, etc) was working both sides, its going to be repainted anyways. I'm hardly the person to give you advice, but with a bit more time, you should be able to get those quarters pretty smooth.

01-30-2008, 02:53 AM
Dude Im sorry to hear about the sootwagon being poked in da butt I missed your earlier thread so Im just finding out. You did a pretty good job bangin it out. The small wrinkles will never go away but with a hammer and dolly you could get them out much better. Just make sure you use a flat faced hammer if it has a curved face at all it will stretch the metal and cause more headaches. You also can buy a flat face hammer that looks kind of like a meat tenderizer on the face that is a shrinker for the high spots. A flat faced body hammer will also have a pointed end on the other side so you can get to thetop of the tailight. Just get it banged out a little closer and then use some body filler to smooth it out and paint. Body/metal work is one of those things that takes lots of experience to master but its really not that hard if you know a few do's and dont's.
Good luck with it!

01-30-2008, 02:55 AM

It's looking better. You may still need to have it straightened a bit, but it shouldn't be very much at a frame shop to get that done... Probably less than $600... Maybe closer to $300 or so.


The gap in the tail gate came right out, no heavy metal was bent, just the thin sheet. The bumper too 99% of the impact. Real bumpers are amazing. Worst case ill have to pull the taillight opening out a little with a come along.

01-30-2008, 02:57 AM
A little bondo and some roller painting and you'll be good as new.

01-30-2008, 03:03 AM
yeah knock down the high spots and then skim some bondo over it and blcok it back.

then paint it again. Since you were gonna paint it, you shoulda used a bit o filer

01-30-2008, 03:31 AM
Are sedan bumpers and trim the same as the wagon stuff?

01-30-2008, 04:15 AM
The bumpers are, but the trim is different, since the sedans don't have to deal with a tailgate...


Krunk Fu
01-30-2008, 04:24 AM
lookin good

01-30-2008, 05:31 AM
best I have used is a proper rubber mallet and a wooden blank.Takes the whinkels out the best. YOu never get everything out cos the metal has already streched a little. You can also use two hammers on both sides. But there is also a good chance to strech the metal more