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Starting rear quarter repair with subie saver parts
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Old 08-19-2019, 05:55 PM   #1
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Default Starting rear quarter repair with subie saver parts

Typical repair on the car. I am starting the repair of the wheel arches and will do the rocker as well. Not 100% sure what I want to do there. I have many questions and would appreciate any help I can get. First is there already a solid repair thread on this topic buried in the forum? Some reference pics:

Got these and started prepping the parts:

Making the cut line because the car is a coupe.

So anyone have any lessons learned or recommendations on what they did when they did the repair? I am also looking for any recommendations on how to remove the quarter glass and roof ditch molding. In a few weeks I will need to paint it and remove the bits.
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Old 08-20-2019, 04:52 PM   #2
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Default OK a bit of progress

So I started the trimming process.

So still pondering what to do about the rocker panels. The Subie saver ones are expensive for what I need to do and don't have the needed material above the break line. I made a "bondo splash" - actually duraglass/bondo hair to beat some panels into shape but not sure if I need to go this route.

Decisions, decisions.
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Old 08-27-2019, 04:00 PM   #3
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hey bro
very interesting...havnt heard of this "Subie Saver" parts...very cool
I have been a car insurance adjuster for 20yrs "telling shops the "most accurate" way of doing things
so you asked few Q's

1)rear glass RI
call a glass vendor in your area
every body shop has one.....usually charges flat rate
the book says 2.5 hrs to RI the glass
so figure $120-$200 for vendor to take out......and later install rear glass
good news is the vendor will have to use special tool to take off roof mldngs….so I
think that will come with the price above.
I wouldn't even try of taking glass out on my false move and will be vacuuming glass for days.
all about the tools
go to a bodyshop you trust/have heard 'good word of mouth' story from friends
2)QP glass(s)
well you actually don't need to take out the glass only those black surrounds around the glass...then tape the glass
However....those parts are discontinued parts from Subaru
if you bend or dmg them.....good luck finding them......IF they were avail $286 each from dealer
better off (and safer) taping
there is some pretty bad ass tape made a roll of tape but with a hard Teflon plastic on the stick into the gaps to ensure no over spray
that rot is not that big of an area
I would source some metal.....cut and fit a section and weld it in
you stated have no way of getting metal...….again go to a bodyshop
in the back they will have tons of part/steel that will be throw away
you don't need that much....sure you could tip a guy $20 to go dumpster diving and obtain enough material to do both sides

hope it helps bro
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Old 08-28-2019, 05:55 PM   #4
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Default Good to get a response!!

I decided to just get the rockers. The metal offal will become the filler bits between the wheel lip and rocker. Plus I believe the panels are HSLA like parent metal. For me I decided to pony up the cash to move it along. I have other project cars I need to get to and realistically it would take me two weeks to fab proper filler panels - time is most important to me at the moment. I get metal from Alro or Metal Market but yeah, that is a pretty clever idea to get throw away stuff from a body shop. I may do that in the future.

For the paint I want to remove the rear qtr glass. I don't believe the window is bonded in place but to remove it I have to believe I have to take out the inner qtr trim panels and possibly the headliner. I would rather get some advice from someone that has done that before. If it is as simple as just removing the qtr window moldings that would be great but again I am looking for input form folks that have done this.

I am not looking to remove the rear backlite (window) but I am looking to remove the roof ditch molding. Trying to mask the metal with the parts in place is NG because I wont be able to hide the paint line from the build up - primer, color coat, and top coat. I am fixing a car now that has had that done several times in the past. It is not what I want to do.

More to come in the next days. I have a header replacement and fab on another car at the moment then the RS will go in the garage for metal repair,
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Old 09-01-2019, 08:11 PM   #5
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subbed for more info, as I will also contact subiesavers soon to save my 99rs as well
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Old 09-03-2019, 09:32 AM   #6
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Default I am stuck at the moment

The fenders were shipped right away but the Rockers are taking a bit of time. Hopefully in the next couple of days they will show up. I am still fiddling with a header replacement/fab on another car too which is also a hold up. I thought I could do it over the holiday but, er, ah, no! I am waiting for a few bits on that job too so I can replumb the muffler. I am pretty sure next weekend will be full up with that. Its never just bolt on and go. :-)
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