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How To Guide - Remove Rear Quarter

Hi all, im new here, recently bought a 2002 Clio 3 Door and some nice fellow has kicked my rear quarter panel in and threw paint stripper on it - so it needs to be repaired.

To get it done privatley is very expensive and insurers want a hefty excess, but I have managed to find a complete rear quarter panel in the right colour.

Would I be able to remove the old one and fit the new on easy enough with standard garage tools and a weekend ?

Any guides out there on how to do it ?

Many thanks, Nick.
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Re: How To Guide - Remove Rear Quarter

i suspect you will need a welder.
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Re: How To Guide - Remove Rear Quarter

Hi there Nick, and welcome.

To be absolutely frank here - there is no way this could be done without extreme welding.

The rear 1/4 panel isn't bolted to the bodyshell, it is the bodyshell, and welded seams would need to be split and an air cutter used to seperate this entire section from the roof and the floorpan.

This is in addition to stripping out the interior, and removing the tailgate.

Personally speaking, I'd look to get the existing panel repaired rather than butchering your car yet further - it'll prove cheaper, less stressful and will turn out a better job.

Plus, since a monocoque chassis relies on the integrity of the entire bodyshell for its strength - you don't want to risk the car folding up in an impact, or becoming misaligned when this panel's being welded into place.

Post a pic of the damage, and I'll give you an honest assessment.



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