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Re: [Mgs] aluminum hood gauge

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Subject: Re: [Mgs] aluminum hood gauge
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2008 14:57:59 -0700
Ooh, man... It's pretty obvious why the filler approach failed (no chance).
But I am rather dubious that you can beat it out smoothly. I kind of doubt
that an old master panel beater from Brewster or Scaglietti could get a wave
out of the MGB bonnet -- it's too thin, and the original curve is held under
tension. It would be like trying to straighten a beer can, and one where you
couldn't access a lot of the back side. Likewise, I think patching would
also be doomed. It would probably cause a whole series of wrinkles where you

A little dimple from a golf ball, maybe, but a big dent -- fuggedaboudit.
Unless you could separate the outer skin from the inner frame...

I gave up on those aluminum bonnets -- they are like aluminum pie tins: use
once and recycle. Even the steel ones are pretty flimsy, but at least you
might have a fighting chance of straightening them out.


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the primer red one with chrome wires

on 6/6/08 2:37 PM, at wrote:

> Greeting illustrious List members.
>    I have an aluminum hood on Project 71 MGB.
>    I has a patch of body filler coming off in a big chunk right in the middle.
> Hood is dented, filled poorly.
>    I will first use heat to remove old Bondo. Then, I'll try to straighten out
> the dent with hammer, dolly, and shrink alloy by heating and quenching.
>    Should these attempts fail, I will use my Hobart Handler 150 with aluminum
> wire to put a new patch in place.
> So, at long last, the question is addressed: What Gauge aluminum is the hood
> covered in?
> Other suggestions welcome, as long as they're polite ones!
> ---Sorry if I used the wrong word or spelling for "gauge" I get these wicked
> headaches, they badly affect my concentration. And sometimes, I ramble on and
> on 
> about things that aren't related to the subject at hand, too.
> It's all on account of a car accident I had a .....
>    (okay, you get the point)--
> Eric
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