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Old 10-09-2003, 07:54 PM
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Talking Sheet Metal Repairs on 1976 Monte Carlo

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I have searched for the answer to this question. The "Rear Window to Trunk panel" is rusting away on my 76 Monte. I did not see the problem until we pulled the rear window out to reseal it. The bottom channel where the glass sits is nearly gone. I have not been able to find anyone that carries patch panels for my car.
My question is: Can a good Auto Body man fix something like this and 1. Make it look good, without a lot of Bondo ? 2. Make it the right shape, so the rear Glass seals properly.
As always, thanks for the help.

Joe

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Old 10-09-2003, 08:05 PM
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If you are asking if the repair can be done properly, the answer is yes. If you are asking if the average body shop is going to be willing to do it, probably not. They will want to fill it with filler and let it go, no guarantee. That type of repair will take a craftsman to cut out all of the rusted metal and replace it with new. It will be time consuming to the point that most body shops won't touch it. Unless you can find someone that sells a replacement panel for that, you need to shop around for a craftsman.
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Can you find a better pannel in a junk yard? Wlding something in like that shouldn't be too hard. You should probably get the whole piece, fender to fender, to do this.
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doesnt sound too difficult , you might wanna check bodyshops that specialize in restoration work, they probably can do it.
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