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Possible to fix a bent body? Doors mis-alligned slightly from getting rear ended

I have noticed that the two rear doors are not aligning with their jambs due to a rear end collision. I think the car's frame (unibody) was slightly bent and it's almost as if King-Kong grabed the front and back end and tried to fold the car in half so the bottoms of the front and rear wheels touched.

Now it's not really THAt bad but it's obviously a little bit bent from the collision. Is there a way to bend it back? It's not affecting driveability but it makes door alignment an issue.

Thanks for any tips!

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Take it to a frame shop or body shop with a cheif frame rack and they should be able to fix you up.
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Yes it is possible,I did frame and unibody pulling for 39 years.Any shop with a decent frame machine should be able to pull and fit your doors.
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That makes sense. Something made for this very purpose. Glad I asked and I know of a guy who's done some work for me (on my guitars) in the past who has a frame rack.

What should I expect as far as price range on something like that?
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Price will of course be very dependent on the amount of damage and the time it takes to pull it out. On my 1970 Mercedes when my wife rear-ended a minivan I had the frame shop pull the unibody back into alignment so the door gaps were correct, the fenders no longer bulged out over the wheels and the hood fit. They did not do any body work other than the fender and hood alignment and some rough body work so the sheet metal would sit clear of the frame. They had the car about a day and a half and the bill was about $500.00 bucks. This is in Portland Oregon, some people will probably think I got a good deal and some will think I got ripped off.

I would think your labor rate in MO might be lower than in Portland.
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