MALIBU Quarter Panel Patch

Rgpmalibu

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Hi Gang,

I've been looking for a lower rear quarter panel patch for my 78 Malibu. I found one at Classic Industries for a 78-87 El Camino. It looks like the body lines are the same. I only need about 4 inches at the very bottom of the panel from the wheel opening to about 10 inches back. It has a cutout for a side marker light or something, but I don't need that part anyway. Has anybody used this panel on their Malibu? Thanks!

 

Ribbedroof

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Wheelwell shape is different ..Caminos and wagons are the same,

Sedans and coupes are the same

AFAIK, the two groups are not the same, even down low, although they look similar,
 

Rgpmalibu

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Shoot, I thought I was on to something. Anyone have any leads on a patch for this? I'm not a fabricator, but I can learn. Probably be cheaper too I guess.
 

Rgpmalibu

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dixie sells a partial quarter for your car,make for a good patch
I found it, thanks. I must have looked right past it. $149 isn't cheap, but I guess if I was into saving pennies I would've never started this project. Thanks, I appreciate it!!
 
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Honestly, if it's that small, you should be able to make it with sheet stock. The patch panels I have experience with (even the quarter skins) seldom have the correct bends at the bottom to replicate the OE panel.

It's not a very complex shape, I'd bet a guy with some patience, a body hammer or two, a few C clamps and a length of angle iron could make the necessary break at the bottom to replicate the OE panel
 

Rgpmalibu

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Honestly, if it's that small, you should be able to make it with sheet stock. The patch panels I have experience with (even the quarter skins) seldom have the correct bends at the bottom to replicate the OE panel.

It's not a very complex shape, I'd bet a guy with some patience, a body hammer or two, a few C clamps and a length of angle iron could make the necessary break at the bottom to replicate the OE panel
Thanks. I'll weigh out the pros and cons of each. I'm not in a big rush to get started, but it's a next step. I think you may be right though. The only part I'm concerned about is the curve of the wheel well. It's rusty too and will have to be cut out.
 

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Probably shouldn't admit that about a year ago I scrapped 2 good sedan quarters that would have made good lower rear patches for a coupe, but 2 years of trying to hook people up with them and no interest....can't keep everything. 🤷
 
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Rgpmalibu

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I probably wouldn't have held on to them for that long either. The wife wouldn't let me! Thanks for the advice though.
 

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