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    Default Rear quarter panel not aligning with door

    Hello all,

    I was wondering if anybody knew what was going on here with my 75í door/rear quarter panel alignment and how to fix it. The panel seems to bulge out at the bottom of the dog leg in front of the left rear tire. The inner rear fender on the left side also has gap between it and the fiber glass of about a quarter inch along that dog leg.
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    Welcome to CAC!!!
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    is the front of the door the same way or no?????
    it it is,you may have to adjust the door.
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    Thanks Bill long time browser first time posting,

    The front of the door looks fine to me which is why I find this really puzzling. It doesn't seem like the door is the culprit. Here are some better pictures of the whole door. It is maybe sagging a little, but that doesn't account for the bulge out at the bottom of that dog leg. Full disclosure she took a bit of bump in the winter, (my wife ran into the garage door and the door knocked the vette ) it was a pretty minor hit and just made a small crack on the left side of the rear bumper) Truth be told I can't remember if the bulge out was there or not before that knock, though I would think I would have noticed it..) I bought the car in May 2018 after 25 years of wanting one! I've had her out a few times this season, seems to have suffered no ill effects, drives straight as an arrow.
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    I have see this de-lamination on Gary's 1975 Coupe. Stored in a heated garage...even the rear bumper facia has disintegrated.

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    De-lamination, that makes sense. Do you know what that part of the quarter panel attaches to on the body. There is no play on it, doesn’t move at all when I try pushing it in.

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    Unfortunately,when these cars were built they were fit as best they could.
    you can try to refit it,but it may not get any better....


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    Quote Originally Posted by JAGwinn View Post
    I have see this de-lamination on Gary's 1975 Coupe. Stored in a heated garage...even the rear bumper facia has disintegrated.
    40 years seems to be the life span if the rubber bumpers I've seen a few disintegrating and having to be replaced with fiberglass replacements.

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    Well Iím definitely looking for a way to fix it. Itís a next winter problem at this point but the research begins now. My thinking is that I would have to clamp it (heavily padded against the fiber glass, obviously) and try to gently bend it back in towards the frame to align with the door. Just not sure how I would reseal/fasten it. Itís like a rib being opened up. How do I tie the bastard back down?

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    just remember these are 'glass' as opposed to sheet metal.and will break.
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