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Opinions on 70 collision damage repair

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Hey all -

I was hoping to get some opinions on repairing the damage to the side of this 70 Chevelle. I realize that its hard to get an idea from just the pix, but are there any body guys that can offer their .02? First off, I will need a shop to repair the roof damage. The roof damage is confined to the area above the quarter window. There are no buckles or wrinkles in the roof other than in the sail panel where it would be cut off anyway. How complicated is is to have the edge of the roof and drip rail area pulled back in place and straightened? Any ideas on the cost of this part of the repair?

Also, on the lower damage, the quarter will obviously be replaced, and I would like to tackle that on my own. I would need a shop to pull out the damage to the rocker area, pull back or replace the inner panel where the quarter window tracks mount, and pull out one slight wrinkle in the floor pan at the front edge of the seat bottom. Will it be tough to find a shop that would be willing to pull the inner section, floor, and rocker area back into place without doing the outer quarter? If I remove the outer quarter and test-fit it into place and temporarily attach with screws will it make it easier for a shop or make them more likely to perform the other straightening? Any rough ballpark figures on time/cost on this aspect of the repair?

BTW - the door is obviously junk and will be replaced. No apparent damage to the hinge pillar area.

Thanks in advance for any advice!


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dent looks like a hard hit, any inside structure get hit?? if not, i would say a /4 panel replacement (full 1/4) and the spot on the roof casn easily be pulled and worked back into shape, but body should be measured first, how does the hit side of the rear bumper gap compare to drivers side?? this all can lead into more work, but the frame machines and measuring systems these days almost anything get be put back where it belongs.
i would say if its the 1/4 panel and roof dent, plus rocker and inner floor, will run 3000-4000 or so to fix and have it ready for paint, as i would not imagine you would have them paint and blend into that old paint.
yes the shop will need any and all new panels including door to do the job right,
goodluck
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