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Author Topic: Quarter Panel Skin Replacement  (Read 321 times)
BamaBoy70Charger
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« on: May 12, 2017, 07:30:03 PM »

Has anyone replaced a quarter panel skin, NOT a FULL quarter panel. I have mine cut 3/4" off the top corner and the same distance from the end of the door jam, and just past the rear marker light on the rear. I was told by a guy that does Mopar restorations and said its best to leave the spot welded folds of the panels alone and weld the panels away from these areas as it was difficult to keep the factory look. It seams to me drilling out the spot welds and have the skin wrap in the rear and door jam would be better than all that welding and body filler on the vertical cuts. This would leave only one seam to weld at the top and I was planning on using a flange tool for that. Any tips, thoughts, or suggestions ???

 The trunk pan panels are ready to be welded in as someone had already done all the cutting. All I have to work on is the passenger floor patch, RS rocker panel, and quarters. I believe I will just flange the top of the quarter panel and drill the spot welds on the ends to eliminate a vertical weld and extra body work.


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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2017, 05:58:31 AM »

If you can afford a full quarter. You should do it . One of my only regrets on my car if you have to buy the 1/2 you might as well get the full quarter  Rich
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2017, 08:01:03 AM »

I agree, do the full factory style quarter. It was hard for me to swallow the price but the hours and material saved trying to get the quarters as straight as they are now... probably a wash IMHO.
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2017, 05:58:13 PM »

Thanks for the input. It wasn't a cost issue as I had these panels come with the car and wasn't sure about what was involved in drilling all the spot welds and getting a FULL panel attached. I figured if I messed up on the skin, a FULL panel could still be used. I wasn't sure what challenges were in getting the seams to look right.
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2017, 10:12:16 PM »

Challenges are not really that many at all. The hardest part was getting the right angle to get the jamb area to pop in place and after a few attempts and trial fitments you get pretty good at it. 
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2017, 12:25:48 PM »

I'd go with a full panel as well. There aren't a ton of spot welds holding the panel on. Drilling them out, attaching the new panel with plug welds and grinding the plug welds down is way less work than welding and grinding a 8' seam at the top of the panel. And then with a seam like that, you are always at risk for moisture penetration and or body work coming back through after a few years.
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2017, 11:26:27 AM »

And then with a seam like that, you are always at risk for moisture penetration and or body work coming back through after a few years.


Agreed #1 reason to not do skins or patching.
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2017, 01:02:54 AM »

Well, perhaps this is a little late, but while I totally agree with all of the advice to go with full factory style quarters now that they are available reproduction, I can say that to answer your question, yes I did use the skins and weld them in. When I did mine, the reproduction full quarters did not exist, so the choice was find something good used, (rare), or buy an NOS full quarter (seems like $3500 each was a common asking price), or figure out how to make the skins work well.





I detailed the process I used on both sides of my Charger here: http://www.1970dodgecharger500.com/2004present/  To see and read about what I did go to the link at the left and scroll down to October 2005 entries and work your way up. After doing the very best painstakingly solid job you can at welding / grinding / welding / grinding - checking and rechecking for pin holes,  grinding / welding some more etc etc, when you are sure everything is as solid as you can make it, then it was recommended to me that I use All-Metal type filler first, inside and outside of the welded seam. This was to help seal the seam against moisture.

If I were doing it today though, without hesitation I'd go with full factory style quarters. It is not only a better final product, but you'll get there with a ton less work. You can do it with what you have though if you want to. You'll just have to be very careful and patient.

But you can get it to turn out well.

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