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Old 04-23-2012, 12:07 PM
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Quarter skin alignment

On a 1969 GTO, having some problems getting the quarter skin aligned...or is just the panel itself?

The fitment around the wheel well and filler panel are good and tight, but the body accent lines are not lining up at the door. However, in looking at the pictures, it appears the lines might not be correct in the replacement panel. Since the panel is black, i used a bright pink paint-pen to draw highlight the accent-line creases on the door and panel. Is this normal for a replacement skin for this car? Am I doing something wrong?
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:43 PM
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You are not doing anything wrong, you have a quarter panel made in China (all that is available) and apparently both types or "rulers" (Hu Jintao, and yard sticks) in China suck. Being we can't see the body lines in that quarter and are only going by the line you drew I have to say that I find it hard to believe it is THAT bad, wow that is way off. Without "massaging" that quarter and doing some filler work to re-do the line, I don't know what to tell you.

It looks like you are doign a fine, thought out fit. There isn't much more in the "fit" that you could do without me being there to see any closer, you have done a fine job with a poor panel it looks like.

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Old 04-23-2012, 06:53 PM
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www.frankspontiacparts.com has a solid used one that will fit your 69.
he is in california desert so it is pretty rust free. Being a GM factory used rh 1/4 you know it will fit.
He has a lot of good stuff.
Lots of guys hate those import parts for the fit like you have. Nothing like genuine GM parts, especially ones made in the same decade.

I realize you have a lot of time involved where you are at with it. Not too late to go a different route though. Just a thought.
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My good camera just resurfaced so I will take some more pics today or tomorrow and post those. The pics here were taken with a crappy, no-flash cell phone camera.

I am not quite ready to throw in the towel on this panel as Franks wants 650$ + shipping and I am over 2500 miles away. Also, with over 10 years on this one project, and probably 10-20 more to go, going backwards is not a good idea...
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you're lucky, we get quarters where some of it is made by hand. The jamb areas will have relief cuts in them cause they're too cheap to get a darn shrinker/stretcher. The body lines on Taewon quarters are usually junk. The edge to the door jamb will always be more round as well so you usually have to hammer and dolly it before putting it on, body lines never match, shipping damage, etc. I'm pretty lucky though cause we have a guru in our shop and this guy can make ANYTHING fit but man, lotta work-lotta work.
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what brand quarter panel is that? Goodmark?
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The trouble you are having is because it is "reproduction" not "genuine" parts. A very big problem we have down under here as well. If it were a "floor panel" it would not be a big a problem but you do have some work ahead of you. Hope it goes well for you.
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