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Damage to my calais. How much and what needs to be done?

Discussion in 'VR - VS Holden Commodore (1993 - 1997)' started by Scooter79, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. Scooter79

    Scooter79 New Member

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    Stuffed up big time today. I'm not gonna go into detail what happened but here are the photos.

    I got three quotes this arvo ranging from $890 up to $1200. The cheaper place gave me a written detailed quote and said they could pull it out and straighten it and repaint. The more expensive two said the front quarter panel needs to come off. Seats and carpet needs to come out, passenge doors need to be removed, cut the damaged sill out and weld a new one in. The more expensive two were only verbal quotes.

    The passenger door is fine. It still sits flush and no scratches. Inside the passenger door is unscaved also. The problem is what you can see in the photos.

    Any suggestions? I live in the blacktown area of sydney so if you can recommend some qualified repairers. By the way my insurance excess is $400. But I'll lose my 60% no claim bonus.
     

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  2. andyman

    andyman The Only 6sp VZ Wagon

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    all depends, what price are you prepared to pay? which do you think will give you a professional job?
     
  3. VLishes

    VLishes BaZMeG

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    I reckon if you fix or replace the door you won't even be able to see anything else, judging by the pics.
     
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    andyman The Only 6sp VZ Wagon

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    the door dosnt appear to be damaged just the sill panel
     
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    VLishes BaZMeG

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    sorry I ment the panel, not the door.
     
  6. VN_Luke

    VN_Luke ƃuoɹʍ ʇsnɾ sı sıɥʇ

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    as far as i knew the sill panel could not be just unbolted?

    would need to be cut and a new one welded in, i thought?

    you could do it cheap, remove the carpet and passanger seats yourself, go to a body shop and ask them to cut and weld in a new one for you

    then file/sand down nicely yourself

    go to another body shop and ask them to spray it up!
     
  7. andyman

    andyman The Only 6sp VZ Wagon

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    yep i think ur right they can only be cut and welded
     
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    Disturbed_vegeta I'd Prefer To ROAR!

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    put some side skirts on and or a body kit! that would cover it wouldnt it
     
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    Ouch thats nasty !

    Hmmm...to get the sill replaced with a new panel would be the way to go if you're gonna keep the car and hand it down to your grand kids... but realistically you'd probably may be better off finacially by getting them to braze weld some washers along the dent and getting them to slide hammer it out the best they can. Then cover it over with SS skirts !!!
    If they do any welding of any sort, be it welding a new sill on or welding on washers to pull the dent out, make sure that where they weld along seems etc...that they treat the insides of the panel with fishoil as the heat from welding will affect the factory rust prevention coating and it will start to corrode from inside out.
     
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    Slow VR Another White Crummodore

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    Looks like some 1 juuuuuumped it!!!!


    Off a gutter!!!
     
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    My mum did that to the car I have now, and she got her friends panel beater husband to fix it for $200 inc. paint.
     
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    WAGON MAN Gas Sleeper

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    A very good panel shop is...

    Deveba Smash Repairs 02 4587 7708

    Lot 1, Aspinall pl, Mulgrave NSW 2756

    Around the corner from Mc Donalds at Mc Garths Hill on the Windsor Rd...

    Near Windsor
     
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    Nope. Pulled into a steep decending driveway and didn't see the 12 inch high brick wall on the left.
     
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    I'm not too fussed on the cost. Worst case scenario is I'll claim insurance. Excess is $400. but my premium will rise by 10%. As long as the job is done right the first time without screwing me around. I love the car to bits and want to keep it for a long time to come.
     
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    Have decided to go through the insurance company. My no claim bonus will drop from 60% to 50% but only for a year as long as I don't make any more claims and $400 excess.

    Been to about 6 smash repairers and there was only 2 who's service I was happy with. Some of them just said to me "it's gonna be costly" and "we can't fix it 100%". One of them took me into the repair shop and showed me exactly what needs to be done. They had a stripped hatchback with the same thing. Will let you all know how it goes.
     
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    Put a SS kit, that'll cover it and it will improve the look of the car.
     
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    An SS kit on a 2 tone calias? Thats blasphemy!
     
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    I have seen Calais with SS kits (Kit colour same as bottom tone) and I think they look great.
     
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    Post some photos if you've got any
     
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