For versatility each dolly usually has a variety of contours so matching the shape of its surface to that of the panel being repaired shouldn’t be too difficult.


These can be used like a dolly in situations where space is restricted. They can also be used to pry, and in some cases even used as a “slap” hammer. Like hammers and dollies, spoons come in a variety of sizes and shapes.

Grinders and Sanders

Bodywork requires the use of a variety of abrasives ranging roughly from 24-grit to around 320. Coarse abrasives are used to quickly remove old filler and paint in damaged areas and that is generally done most effectively with an air driven grinder.

For featheredging paint, preparing for the application of body filler or refinishing materials, finer grits are used on a DA, or a dual-action sander. Air driven, these sanders have two modes, circular or oscillating, or random orbit. In the oscillating mode, which is used more often, material is removed faster and with less likelihood of abrupt edges.

Getting started

Unfortunately, explaining how to do bodywork is like trying to tell someone how to ride a bike, the best way to do either is to jump on and give it a try. Equip your shop with a few basic body tools and try some minor repairs. As you gain ability and confidence, consider some of the additional tools and equipment we’re showing here. And, of course, watch the pages of Custom Classic Trucks for more tips on doing the bump and grind. CCT

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