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Old 08-25-2011, 02:03 PM
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How do I repair this damage

The company that transported my El Camino from California to Louisiana gave me an extra gift of having to learn how to repair body damage and the act of forgiving as the owner of the company hasn't felt the need to pay for the damage done.


The plan is to replace this fender over the winter months (There is so much body filler on there it isn't even funny) and repair some damage done to the driver side as well. I got a car show that I am going to go to in October (Cruisin' The Coast) and just want to clean it up some so that the tail gate at least opens up and hopefully doesn't lok like total ***.

I was thinking of just trying to open the tail gate as carefully as I can then tap that side in with a flat low crown hammer. Any other thoughts on a budget friendly way to clean this up?

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Old 08-25-2011, 02:20 PM
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Geez, I hope the rest of the car isn't as horrible under the paint as that corner was, I wouldn't pick that scab and ever strip it down. I think I'd hammer it back out as best you can and just mud it back up like it was. If you start removing that fender you are going to find crap you don't want to see.
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Old 08-25-2011, 03:12 PM
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I would be more concerned about that wave up the quarter by the wheel unless that is a reflection?

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I would be more concerned about that wave up the quarter by the wheel unless that is a reflection?

Good eyes. Yes, that is a wave / dent / something I don't know what happened there. Somewhere just forward of that area about 6 inches from the top is a rivit that has shown up. I plan on replacing this whole fender this winter. I'm starting to get tools together right now. Still keeping an eye out for a good used welder.

Only October is going to come up before I replace the fender, I just want to do a decent patch job.
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Old 08-25-2011, 03:58 PM
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Then to get the tailgate to open without hurting it. Pull the light (4 screws) find a tree or pole wrap a strong tie down strap with hooks around tree/pole and hooks to the corner, maybe a piece of 8 inch pipe in the hole to hook to and then a short ride (slack plus an inch) will tug it out reversing the forces that put it there. Not to waste to much time, get some color made and brush it on for now..
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That poor thing took a pretty good shot to do that kind of damage. All that rust from a Cali car. HMMM
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That poor thing took a pretty good shot to do that kind of damage. All that rust from a Cali car. HMMM

The damage happened awhile ago. I just now gave up any hope of the owner or his insurance company to pay up for it. Unprotected metal down in Louisiana - it's going to rust. There is very little rust over the rest of the car and most of it will be taken care of when I replace the fender (rust in the lower right wheel well area).

I think they backed into my car with their truck. Looked like they hit it with one of their ramps.
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It seems to me you could replace the panel in the amount of time it will take to repair this damage and you wont be paying twice for filler primer paint ect
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was that rust under bondo or after bondo has fallen off already?
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It seems to me you could replace the panel in the amount of time it will take to repair this damage and you wont be paying twice for filler primer paint ect
Only I don't have time / tools / or a place to do the work right now.

I'll just beat on it with a hammer and paint it primer gray.
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was that rust under bondo or after bondo has fallen off already?
After the bondo fell off
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you can also try a 4x4 on the top edge and hammering on it with a huge sledge hammer. Take out the taillights first. That will give you your gap back or at least manageable. You might have some access from that tail light opening as well. From the looks of it I'd weld on some plates and pull. If the metal has a bodyline as the taillights indicate then that's gonna make it harder to pull out cause now that line is working against you to pull it out, but also leaves you a nice area to weld a plate too. I'd weld plates around and when I pull I hammer down highs. Then when some of the pressure is relieved I'd weld one onto the body line and it will pull out easier, but be warned the body line is gonna be more difficult to pull and that area with the most crease may be impossible or you might have to live with a little of it left stuffed under your filler.
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Only I don't have time / tools / or a place to do the work right now.

I'll just beat on it with a hammer and paint it primer gray.
Well I would do like Milo said I would take the light out and find a spot to hook to and a Pole to hook to then pull the panel out with a tie down strap the way it went in like he said dont go to far you can always pull more if you need to
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how much is that panel anyway?
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how much is that panel anyway?
about $400 from Goodmark
http://www.goodmarkindustries.com/pr...d=4081-600-66R

$399 From yearone.com
http://www.yearone.com/serverfiles/f...ain2.asp?cat=0



I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with Goodmark. I believe I've found the parts cheaper at a few other places, but I'm going with the "you get what you pay for" thinking. I've seen Goodmark's name come up in some reading I have done.
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