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Old 03-19-2011, 07:14 PM
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Quarter Panel, replace or repair? 69 Chevelle

Ok, I've got a question about my passenger side rear quarter panel on my 69 Chevelle. I ended up getting a blow out, and when I say blow out I mean blow out. the tire seperated and before I could stop, it beat the fender wells to death. It knocked it up pretty good just in front of the tire, but behind the tire right where the panel starts to curve under the car it bent it all up. What would be the best way to go about repairing it? Would it be best to buy the complete quarter panel from OPG? If so How do you go about installing it. I am very machanically inclined and can do minor body work. I've never installed a panel like that, but would like to do it myself if you guy's think this is the best route to take. I will post some pics soon of the damage. Like I said though just behind the tire its all beat up. Thanks in advance for the input.

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To replace the full quarter is a major task and not for the novice. For what it will cost in parts materials and time ,you would be better off letting a good body shop do it.Some pics would help but if its just bent you could get by just fixing what you have.If it's creased or torn you can get just a patch panel that is not that difficult to install.Did it damage the inner panel?
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Quarter panel damage

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that quarter is full of rust. at a minimum you need a skin and an outer wheelhouse and possibly a trunk drop extension. might be time to do some sanding and find out how high the rust goes.
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I'd replace it,most definetly
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I agree, replace it, I see previous rust repair attempts in some of those photos.

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Thanks for the advice. I know it varies everywhere, but what would be a good average price for replacing the panel, but not paint it. Labor only Any Ideas?
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1/4 panel replacement

Just to be sure you know, it's better to cut a quarter off a good donor car. The new repo quarters need a lot of work fit right. I just replaced both quarters on my GTO and they look good but I had to improvise in some areas to get a good fit. Any Pontiac guy can see that some of the seams aren't quite right. Also you'll need to do some blocking and sanding to get them straight once welded in.

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Thanks for the advice. I know it varies everywhere, but what would be a good average price for replacing the panel, but not paint it. Labor only Any Ideas?
500.00 - 800.00 add 200.00 for inner wells and 100.00 for floor drops,labor only...
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