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Old 02-02-04, 08:28PM   #1
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Default Can this be fixed and How?

I've been told by a couple of buddies who do body work that these can be fixed but how? I can't get to the dent from behind the door thanks to the regulator, glass and the brace behind the door. Even with the glass out it would be impossible to get to it because of "the door".





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Old 02-02-04, 08:32PM   #2
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Old 02-02-04, 08:33PM   #3
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Dent #2 is located at the rear panel I'm thinking it should work out with a hammer since I can get to it both in the front and from behind.Thank God I was able to find some straight tail lights to replace mine. I'm also going to pick up a straight bumper.
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Dent #3 can this be fixed or do I need to replace the whole panel?
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Old 02-02-04, 08:35PM   #5
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you can use a dent puller with the weld on studs harber freight sells a stud install gun with studs this allows you to pull the dents a ripples from the face side
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Old 02-03-04, 02:05AM   #6
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ya u can weld on studs to pull the dent out, that really works and u dont have to drill holes or anything into your metal. that shoudl help ya on ur fender and door. if there is no rust then it will be worth fixing.
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Definitely repairable.
If you don't want to go to the expense of a stud gun.
You can tack weld a washer to the dent, then use a slide hammer with a small 90 degree rod attachment.
Most of the door should be accesible with the glass and regulator removed.
A little hammer and dolly work is going to be required.
Whenever possible, I recommend staying away from replacing welded on panels.
Mainly due to the fact that an inexperienced welder, can actually end up with more filler to straighten the replacement panel warpage.
Then if you just spent an hour working the existing metal
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So the quarter can be fixed? That's great I wasn't sure. I figure I can borrow a stud gun and work to work on the door. I really do not want to replace the door because they are a PITA to remove. The are not bolted on instead the hinges are welded to the door and the body. I guess you would have to pull the pins to replace the door. Plus all the doors I have found for sale have been around $150 apiece. I was thinking that I could spend some of my free time this summer straightening out the body. The only rust on the car is shown in the picture of the decklid. I'm sure that'll buff right out.

"Mainly due to the fact that an inexperienced welder, can actually end up with more filler to straighten the replacement panel warpage" seen this first hand many times around here. I was thinking of going this route as my dad is an expert welder.

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