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Replace right rear quarterpanel - 2001 Toyota Corolla

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Replacing a quarter panel is no easy task. it is spot welded all around the perimeter. To do it properly you will need to remove the rear window, the quarter glass, the trunk lid, rear panel, tail light, bumper cover, rear wheel, and inner wheel panel liner. every spot weld found will need to be cut, but only thru the outer panel. You do not want to cut all of the way thru both panels as you need to have something to attach the new panel to. After all welds are cut, there are welds under where the back window and quarter window go, and there are also welds in the sail panel that is between the quarter and rear windows where the quarter meets the roof panel. After all welds are cut and cleaned up you will want to cover all bare metal with a zinc based primer. You will want to drill holes all around the perimeter of the new panel and attach it to the vehicle with clamps or self tapping screws temporarily until you weld the new panel in place. You will want to fill in the holes you drilled in the new panel welding to the panel underneath. once all is attached you can remove the clamps or tap screws, if you used screws weld these holes as well, then grind everything smooth. finish up with a bit of body work especially at the sail panel where it meets the top, prime, sand, and now you might be ready for a trip to the paint shop.

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