There are a lot of details to watch when replacing a quarter panel!
Quarter panels are the large, steel body panels that reach from the trailing edge of the door to the rear taillight panel, and from the roof down to the lower rocker panel and wheel opening on a classic or Muscle Car.
Quarter panels are integral structural parts of the car, and play a significant role in the construction, strength, and safety of the car’s body and chassis. Some cars, like Chevrolet Camaros, are not body-on-frame construction, meaning the body itself is the main structure of the car. These are known as “unit-body” or “unibody” designs, and are also found in Pontiac Firebirds, Chevrolet Novas, Dodge Challengers, Plymouth Roadrunners, Ford Mustangs, and many other popular classic and Muscle Cars.
Over time, quarter panels are prone to wear, rust, and crash damage, and are often in need of repair or replacement. Many new reproduction quarter panels exist for popular cars. When new panels are not available, original equipment panels can often be sourced from a donor car, reconditioned, and installed on another car… if done properly. Continue reading for the details!
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This very cool 1968 Chevrolet El Camino is a real, numbers-matching L78 396 SS with a Muncie M22 4-speed. These are very rare 375 HP engines, found in only 393 ’68 ElCaminos new. It came to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop looking to be straightened out and to look like it did when new.
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This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro arrived in-process at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop. The car came to us from Canada where new quarter panels, trunk panels, and other sheet metal repair had been done, in addition to a Detroit Speed
subframe and front suspension and rear QUADRALink suspension system were installed. The V8 Team will be completing the fabrication work and straightening the body and applying a shade of blue paint with a hockey stripe. The car is powered by an Edelbrock
Pro-Flo EFI unit on a 454 Big Block Chevy V8.
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This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro came to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop to have the body panels properly installed, then go through the bodywork and paint departments ultimately receiving a new paint job. The color is a custom mix Axalta paint we named “Midnight Magic”, and looks awfully close to black, but actually has a purple hue with flake. It turned out sharp! The customer will be completing the assembly of the car.
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