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Chassis jacking abuse

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Clearly there's been a bit of 'reckless use of a jack' under the front cross-member.

I'm not sure whether it's an 'ignore it' situation or whether I should do something about it.

I could grind the welds off the rearward edge and lift it back, straighten it and then weld it back.

Difficult to knock out the dents in situ.

I don't think the geometry has been affected. It just looks crap.

Isn't it amazing that a chassis survives all the elements for nearly 40 years, only to be damaged by a twat with a jack!

Anyone else had this?

 

On a side note, has anyone reinforced the chassis in any way?

 

Chassis is upside down in the pics (obviously).

Cheers, Tom.

 

 

 

 

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If the geo is OK, I say leave it.

 

Tell yourself that it is now part of the vehicle's personality!

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I suspect that most of us have similar chassis woes, I know I have!

 

I always use as big a piece of wood as possible when jacking the chassis but the previous owners didn't subscribe to this idea :(

 

I haven't done anything with mine.

 

Paul.

Edited by Paul Coleman

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Find a panel bater who is good with this method.

 

 

Admittedly the sample is thin but there are also tabs that get spot welded on the dents for thicker panels.

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Thanks Gents,

I think it's too stiff to bend out. It's stretched and work hardened into a concave shape. So it's probably a(nother) leave it alone moment.

Although cutting out the section and replacing it wouldn't be very difficult. 

Edited by langleytw

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I once watched an expert panel beater doing something like this. He'd use a puller on the tabs and an oxy and damp rag to get everything virtually close to perfect. It was impressive.

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