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Old 12-18-2013, 12:24 AM
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Repair or replace rear quarter panel on Corvette?

I am working on a stock 1969 corvette. The driver's side rear bumper was struck from behind by another car. When the rear fender was forced toward the front of the car, it caved in the rear quarter panel 5 inches deep and 16 inches tall. The quarter panel is still all in one piece. It looks like a big dent in a sheet metal panel. I was very surprised to see no damage to the bumper at all but the bumper mount has been crushed.

Does this sound like something that could be repaired, or am I going to have to replace the whole rear quarter panel? Thanks

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Old 12-18-2013, 04:31 AM
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You have to post pictures!!! Pull the carpet and side panels behind the seat on both sides and check for damage also check the body mount pockets Behind the seats for damage, pull the rear wheels & tires and inspect both sides!

Usually on corvettes if your hit on one side it causes damage on both and in areas you cant see!

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I'd replace it ..............with a steel car..........
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fiberglass does not dent. the bumper mounts are bent and holding the qrt forward. get the bumper off and then the qrt should be ok. you will have to work on the bumper mounts and also check the frame for damage.
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Old 12-18-2013, 04:11 PM
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5 inches deep and 16 inches tall on a Vette glass quarter LOL is pretty bad LOL there has to be cracks!!! And that also puts a lot of stress on the bonding areas to create separation in the bond material let alone the pan bellow the chrome bumper.

Ive seen bump shop repairs or auction car repairs on Vettes that were damaged exactly like that and when driven the back of the seats area at the rear wheel well Bond would leak and fill up with water and road grime because of unrepaired Cracks
I'm really guessing at the damage based on 40 yrs of Vette repairs and restorations Ive done. We really need pictures!!!!! Unless your just doing a cosmetic repair on damage you can see

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Two photos of quarter panel damage

OK, here are the photos you requested for the rear quarter panel damage I was talking about.

Last edited by poncho62; 02-25-2014 at 02:06 PM. Reason: Pics removed at posters request
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I'm not a Vettespert but that looks like metal. Is it metal?
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Nope, it's not metal and I wouldn't even think about replacing that, repair it!

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I'd say get the bumper and brackets off and see what it does after teh pressure from those has been relieved. I see a few cracks that will need attention even if the "dent" comes back out.

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Repair plan for quarter panel

Since those photos were taken I have taken the bumper off and the fiberglass panel has popped back out to within 1/4 of an inch of its original shape. No frame damage, and I was able to revive the bumper brackets back to their original shape with my 12 ton press.

My plan for the outer side of the body, was to take a body saw and cut the fiberglass all the way thru right where the deep creases are at, grind about 2 to 3 inches each side of the cut feathering down to the cut, put 2 or 3 layers of fiberglass matt and resin in, ,sand and then use some body filler over that to smooth it out, then epoxy prime and paint. For the back side I was going to grind off all undercoating, completely clean the surface, and apply 3 layers of fiberglass matt and resin in one large piece to reinforce the area. I was planning on letting the fiberglass resin and matt cure for 2 days in the sun before putting the filler and primer on. Respirator and eye protection thru the whole process.

Does someone have a better method of repair, or do I have it covered?
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I would NOT cut it, simply grind it thinner, keeping the thin fiberglass as base to then apply more mat and resin over it until it's as thick as it once was.

Cutting lines is opening the door for ghost mapping later. Just thin it, it's the perfect base once thinned to then apply layers of resin soaked mat over it. Once cured you sand that shaping it to needing only a skim coat of Everglass and then a little filler and wham, ready for primer.

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no need to cut it . no need to glass the back of it. feather out the crack, use epoxy resin and mat , skim with evercoat 870 .
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fiberglass does not dent. the bumper mounts are bent and holding the qrt forward. get the bumper off and then the qrt should be ok. you will have to work on the bumper mounts and also check the frame for damage.
called it before even seeing pics of it. I take it this is a common issue, and it makes sense that it would be as well. Thanks for your insight. I know who to ask when it comes to Corvette issues.
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Nope, it's not metal and I wouldn't even think about replacing that, repair it!

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ok, I see the cracks now. Just saw that brown and thought it was rust.
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ok, I see the cracks now. Just saw that brown and thought it was rust.
Absolutely, more over the shape of the damage, we don't picture fiberglass "denting" like that. It sure as hell looks like metal. Before I enlarged the photo I thought it was an Opel GT.

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