Found some unfortunate body damage on my car this weekend. I suspected that there was a repair done at some point, but had no idea to what extent. The Quarter itself had some bump and bruises where one of the previous owners was parking or driving by braille. There was an area on the rear of the quarter that I was able to get to with a regular hammer and dolly, but above the rear wheel, there is a spot that I just couldn't access the back side of no matter what I tried.
Now I'm not a body guy, nor have I ever tried anything like this before. I'm trying to get the body as close to straight as possible to reduce as much body filler as I possibly can. This car won't ever be a show queen, but I want it to be as nice as possible. I picked up a Harbor Freight Stud Gun after doing a little research and most folks online seemed to have pretty good luck if it wasn't DOA. I did find quite a few complaints about the slide hammer, but figured I'd give it a go...
This is the area right above the rear tire. The dents are pretty small, and probably only 3/16" or so, but figured it'd be a good place to start.
Studs Welded on, This is about 0.5 seconds on the trigger, with the 2MM studs
Used the slide hammer just a little bit at a time, and was able to bring this area just about flush, Just a skim coat should do just fine to level it out.
Trimmed off the studs and ground them smooth. Just a skim coat should do just fine to level it out.
I got excited and moved on to one of the bigger issues, so I didn't take any pictures of the after of the area above the wheel. This area was quite a bit worse. It looks like the car hit something then drug it down the quarter right behind the door. There is about 1/8-1/4" dent here that's about 6 inches long.
Placed the studs as close together as I could which is about an inch apart. I tried to put them all in the root of the dent (Before)
Many of the reviews of this stud welded had complaints about the slide hammer not holding onto the studs. I did not have that problem. Both the welder and the hammer worked fantastic. I worked each pin/stud a little at a time. Always keeping advice I heard many years ago, that the metal will move with the lightest taps of a hammer. This is probably 5-6 passes.
That took me about 30 minutes from start to finish... Now I need to work on the dent right below it.
Then I'm going to tackle this...
All in all, I'm pretty impressed with this thing. It works fantastic. Even comes with 200 studs (Already have more on the way, Thanks Amazon...) Totally worth the $97.