379 hood side panel removal/replacement

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  1. mile marker 27

    mile marker 27 Medium Load Member

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    Got a dented passenger side panel on the hood of my ‘87 379. I order a replacement from 4 States, with a bolt kit. The existing side panel is riveted on. What’s the best way to remove the rivets from the fender, grill surround and upper hood, from the side panel?
     
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  3. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

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    ...i was sure grinder ... would like to know too ...need mine repaired
     
  4. wichris

    wichris Road Train Member

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    Center punch and drill.
     
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  5. MacLean

    MacLean Medium Load Member

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    I’d try an air chisel and and punch.
     
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  6. wichris

    wichris Road Train Member

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    You miss with a grinder or chisel and you're repairing the hood also. Takes about 15 minutes to drill them out.
     
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  7. mile marker 27

    mile marker 27 Medium Load Member

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    I guess you’re drilling them from the outside, inward?
     
  8. wichris

    wichris Road Train Member

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    Easiest from outside. Just use a river bit. Start beating on them from either side with a chisel and the flange gets out of shape and you don't get a good fit.
     
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  9. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    After those responses, I'd be thinking about taking it to a body shop with experience. But - I'm a bit timid when it comes to tackling tasks I'm ill prepared or knowledgeable in.
     
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  10. Coolbreezin

    Coolbreezin Light Load Member

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    PB shops have the special tool to pop them babies out in minutes. Granted there will be a charge for the service. As they pop one off put a bolt in there to hold it in place and drive back to your shop. Remove bolts, replace side panel. Thats my plan for when I do my fenders.
     
  11. lester

    lester Road Train Member

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    Aluminum hucks are easy to drill through, the steel ones suck. About the time you are finished you'll find the best way
     
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