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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Two weeks ago.


One week ago.




Today.


She didn't wreck it. Bought it like that. 09 Malibu v6 12,000 miles.
Will have a brand new car for $10,100.00 and thirty hours of work.
Just have to have the salvage inspection done and it is good to go.
 
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Beautiful and in that time period, wow. You are fortunate to have either the skills or the contacts to accomplish it. You could have done mine in a month and I'm working on 30 yes. :D Lloyd
 

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Nice save.

I'd love a newer Malibu. But...... my 15,000 mile '06 LTZ Monte would have to go and no one is getting it but me.
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Looks like yall have come out with a nice ride for not a lot of money. Now several body men here in town that have done the same thing to get a newer ride without the big $$$$.
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30 hours ? thats quick work.

They get a bit upset about doing that to cars here (UK), its known as a "cut & shut" - there were lots done badly that were unsafe. It can be done properly of course but these guys were in it for a quick buck.
 

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Great job:congrats: I drive a 99 ranger rebuilder. Its an extedned cab and has four doors. It had 6,011 miles on it when it was rebuilt by myself and my best friend and now has 1,113,000 and still going. At one time we had four rebuilders in the family.
 

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That is some skilled work! I've always wondered, how do you go about welding two halves together where there is a multilayer box section?
The inner rocker had a factory seam. Just drilled out the spot welds and slid the new piece back in place.Blue arrow.

The inner reinforcement was cut longer for overlap. Plug and stich welded. #6

The outer rocker was cut large enough to have access to weld the reinforcement and the piece was butt welded on each end. #1


I had detailed pics but for some reason they are too small to see and resizeing makes them blurry.

The car didnt need the whole clip. I think doing it this way is a better repair than trying to piece the quarter, wheel house. rail, trunk floor and tail panel together. That is a whole different argument in the bodyshop biz.
 
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