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    Just reading about the new body panel press that has been put in place at Tonsley Park for the 380. This press can produce 450 one-piece body sides per hour. It is the first of its kind Down Under, though Holden will be implementing the same for the new VE Commodore.

    Reading about this has me wondering how you would repair a smashed 380 rear quarter panel. For a Magna the old panel would be cut-off along its weld seam and a new panel welded on. Does this mean that Mitsubishi will be producing rear quarter panels from a seperate press just to supply the crash repair industry? or will significant rear end damage, that would normally be repaired (say on a Magna), now automatically cause the car to be written off?

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    CUT AND SHUNT CUT AND SHUNT CUT AND SHUNT
    now say that 5 times really fast with no kids in earshot.
    thats what they would mostly likley do though,its the norm on cars that have no seams or joins and if you gat a good repairer,you cant even notice it.
    sometimed the welded in panel actually makes that area stronger.-BAZZ

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    Not a problem, you can cut any section off a car body that is pressed as one piece.
    Toyota made some deal out of it with the current Camry (pressing one side in one piece).
    Don't remember the Toyota figures but is probably much the same as Mitsus.
    AFAIK Renault did that with the 16 yonks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoBo
    Not a problem, you can cut any section off a car body that is pressed as one piece.
    Toyota made some deal out of it with the current Camry (pressing one side in one piece).
    Don't remember the Toyota figures but is probably much the same as Mitsus.
    AFAIK Renault did that with the 16 yonks ago.
    So the panelbeater orders the whole side pressing and cuts it up to get the bit he wants? That is going to drive up the cost of repairs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kermit
    So the panelbeater orders the whole side pressing and cuts it up to get the bit he wants? That is going to drive up the cost of repairs.
    Don't know, but they shouldn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kermit
    . . . Does this mean that Mitsubishi will be producing rear quarter panels from a seperate press just to supply the crash repair industry? . . .

    I am reliably informed by a friend -

    "That's what the opposition do now. They will get some small subcontractor to do it on a smaller press.

    I know that in the days when front wings rusted out, you could buy the lower half of the wing behind the front wheel The join went behind the trim strip, or if lower, had an offest that went behind the existing panel along the cut and you lead filled or bogged up the join."
    Last edited by Roland; 7th November 2005 at 04:20 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kermit
    So the panelbeater orders the whole side pressing and cuts it up to get the bit he wants? That is going to drive up the cost of repairs.
    I think you will find that just like ANY other car, you can get cheap taiwan copies of any given 1/4 and cut, mig, seal, grind, prep.... etc. I know that even the newest cars have replacement panels being made of side somewere. VERY few panel beaters actually use genuine panels as companies like NRMA have made the trade VERY tight and cut throught. - Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHRI'S16
    VERY few panel beaters actually use genuine panels as companies like NRMA have made the trade VERY tight and cut throught. - Chris
    My dealings with RACQ is the opposite, only genuine parts are used.
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