Passenger side unibody bent inwards

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:26 pm
Hi folks, thanks for accepting me to the forums! I would like someone to help me figure out a way to get my 1998 ford contour SVT back on the road. I was in a crash back in December that caused the unibody on the front passenger side of the car to go inwards. I was wondering if there is way to take the old apron off and weld a new one one like it looks like the previous owners did? I have some pictures that show how far the fender lines up from where it actually should be. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:25 am
Your images are not showing up. I tried to visit the links you posted but that didn't work either.
I suggest you edit your post, then scroll down to the Upload Attachment section and click that tab.
Browse your computer, select the file, Click Add the File and in a moment the option will come up to Insert File Inline.
Be sure to click in this text box first so the file goes where you want it and then select Insert File Inline.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:16 pm
Fixed it up! Not the car, just the post. Car still $#@#@!$



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:12 pm
I only need to pull like 2 inches! The problem is when I try to pull it out it just pulls the whole car with it :cry:

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:54 am
This is when you need professional equipment. A Frame rack to tie the car down to and some hydraulic equipment to control how far you bend it.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:35 pm
I agree with 68 Coronet RT 110% BUT

A poor mans way of doing the job can be done on the cheap if the cars main structure hasn't been damaged and your dealing with purely cosmetic damage or parts that just need a pull just to reattach other parts .

get a few of these :
http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/produc ... d_1000.jpg
Put them in your garage floor to tie the car down with chains and use a few more to tie a engine crane down with as well and attach a come along in between the two and pull.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:08 am
I only need to pull like 2 inches!

2" out of alignment is going to take a lot of force to bring back into position.

I would use caution with those type of anchors, might work for something small like a panel, fender, rad support but your trying to move the entire frame structure.

Might want to see about farming that portion out!



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:43 pm
You'd be very surprised how hard you can pull with what I described keep in mind I chained my car body down with 4-6 of those anchors in the concrete 3-4 inches down.
I then secured My Puller with two anchors by chain.
U Uni-body cars sheet metal is no thicker than any other part of the car generally and it doesn't take much to make metal move a lot.
I would also have a good handle on how to remove dents by Hammer and Dolley before attempting something like this as well as welding thin sheet metal you need to be able to weld on Pull Tabs to pull from.

My Slab is over a foot thick every Ten feet and along edges of foundation and slab is 6 inches minimum & reinforced with mesh. Not every one has that.

There is also:
The Hustler Pogo stick
http://www.autobody101.com/content/arti ... stick-use/
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