View Full Version : needing help with quarter panel!

July 18th, 2012, 18:21
I have a 88 xj that I bought wrecked as a project. I noticed when i went to put the new hatch on that the passanger side quarter panel has been pushed in about an inch at the most. I have to much invested already to scrap the project so does anyone have any ideas on the best way to fix it, thanks.

July 19th, 2012, 06:31
you can pull the plastic interior panels and use a peice of would with a hammer and bang it out, it may be something that will take some time

July 19th, 2012, 10:13
pics would help.

July 19th, 2012, 10:38
I'm going to upload some pics here in a bit

July 19th, 2012, 15:15

July 19th, 2012, 15:16
The first pic is of the damaged side I added a pic of the drivers side to help notice the difference

July 19th, 2012, 15:25
you cant see what's going on from that angle. how about pics from the front? is the hatch only off on one side, or is it the opposite on the other side? if it's only off on one side, look for buckling in the floor and crossmembers.the only thing i can think of if the body's bent is using a jack between the hatch jamb and spreading it some. it'll likely only move the previously damaged side. you'll want to spread the load some so it doesnt just kink at the jack's contact points. no idea if that'll work, but might be worth trying.

July 19th, 2012, 20:17
Ill try that. its only bent in on the passenger side about an inch and it starts right after the rear door. Its hard to see in any of the pics but the hatch wont shut without some force.

December 13th, 2012, 17:38
x2 on the hilift... i came down hard on the rear bumper on a wheeling trip and after that i couldnt get my hatch to open or close very easily. one pump with a hi lift lined everything back up. that much flex in the unibody made me start planning stiffeners and a cage...