Tail Panel Replacement / Deck Lid Alignment?

70ZED

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Re ImG 4087-8 Filled this gap in the end, it was too hard to get the factory look after the mods getting it in there

Re Img 4082-3-4 Gaps should end up like these. Red quarter shot is before quarter is changed out. Did the AMD rear panel, what a piece of shhttt ! Same issues, had to slice it in many places to get it to line up[/QUOTE]
 

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70ZED

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If I were to do this one again, I would cut the bottom valance off and tack it to the original top 1/2 tail lite panel. It was so good, rust free and that would have saved a ton of work.
 

Dichard

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Mesa, Arizona
Hey all.

I'm working on some replacement panels on the rear of my 71 Camaro. It started with rust in the trunk pan and rear valance, as well as a suspect previous tail panel repair.

I removed that tail panel, replaced the rusted areas of the trunk, replaced the lower valance, and am now working on replacing the tail panel as well as trying to line up the deck lid and quarters. It's a challenge for sure.

This is what I have so far. I don't have the decklid seal. It's hitting at the middle. The decklid doesn't quite clear the top of the tail panel (not sure if it's supposed to).

I'm just looking for any ideas or advice that may be helpful in getting this to fit better. Thanks!

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Morning, I was looking at your gap on the trunk lid and as brutal as it sounds, you can close that gap with a 2x4 by forcing that portion of the trunk down to match.. Do it in small increments.
Also put the rear bumper on to see how everything matches up..before you tack everything in place.
 
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70ZED

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On the left side, split the quarter and added to the side opposite the trunk drop. Also issues with the curve of the lid so had to work that lifting up the quarter to match the trunk so to speak. You can tell alot of repop quarters out there as the trunk sits up high and proud. RH side seemed to fit better, quarter was longer actually to the trunk drop
 

Dichard

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Hey 70ZED, my rear quarter was just like that, but I took the body hammer to it with a proper fitting dolly and it fell into place quite nicely.
I think someone stated that ALL the panels come out of the same place, some are just a small teeny tiny better, I can actually agree to that, since I had a good mark right quarter and it looked just like your. Now I have an OER LH quarter and sucker is exactly the same.
Just my 2 cents worth.
 

70ZED

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You are probably right Dichard. The AMD panels were OK but far from perfect. A few tweaks here and there and they work but that can add up to alot of hours ! The top of the LH one was probably 3/16 " narrower than stock or the RH one which was bang on, but it had issues in other areas.
 

giggity

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good stuff...I will need all this in about a week or 2, when i get to putting replacement panel on. Im still grinding the dam leftover pieces of the old tailpanel. At some point the rear was wrecked and someone went all weld happy with the drivers side, and its hard for me to tell whats welded and whats spot welded. little bit of both.
 




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