How do I tackle frame bends/dents?

Old July 5th, 2016, 06:29 AM
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How do I tackle frame bends/dents?

Hi guys,

I finally got my body off the frame last night and noticed that the bottom edge of the frame has some dents in it behind the crossmember. I'm guessing it was from poor jack location. It doesn't seem to have affected the frame geometry in any way, but since I'm going to this effort, how should I tackle pulling these out? I imagine this is a common problem?




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Old July 5th, 2016, 11:43 AM
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Put a big Crescent wrench on it and bend it straight. A big hammer might come in handy too.
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Old July 5th, 2016, 12:18 PM
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A friend of mine would say "heat and beat".
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Old July 5th, 2016, 07:06 PM
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I would suggest maybe putting a piece of square tubing underneath it use some big c clamps then you have a straight edge to gauge your progress you may be able to heat the metal and draw it down with clamps and hammer?
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Cool. Thanks for the tips. I'll try a few of these this week. Even if I only pull out the big dents, it'll be better than what I have.
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Originally Posted by TripDeuces View Post
Put a big Crescent wrench on it and bend it straight.
Exactly how I did it, though I needed a piece of pipe over the end of the wrench.
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I made a straightening tool from a piece of 1" square tubing welded to a piece of 3/8 plate, then bolted a second plate to the first. Very simple,very effective




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Old July 9th, 2016, 05:17 AM
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Very nice home made straightener!!


I like all the suggestions except heat, I think that should be a last resort.


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Looks like the fuel lines are the same as my car, 3/8 and 1/4 return?


What car?


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it wasnt hot when i got bent..why does it need to be to straighten it..

heat is a last resort..
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Olds used 3/8" supply lines on all V8s where Chevy used it only on big-block cars.
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