Replacing driver side rear door, but door frame is bent

Tiny
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My neighbor came to me for a side job. He wants to replace his driver side rear door. When to the door was put on the frame was bent due to a collision. Not sure the correct name but it's the frame piece between the driver door and rear left door. Any ideas to remedy this problem or should he cut his losses and go to a body shop
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Friday, April 23rd, 2021 AT 3:41 PM

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Tiny
STEVE W.
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That would be the B-pillar. If it is bent in you would need to do one of two repairs. The first would be to use a body dozer or similar, like a come along anchored to a tree, to pull the pillar back out and into position. That repair will work if the piece isn't bent very far. If it's bent in very far you would do a two step process, first you pull it back to as close to original as you can. Then you would find the body seams and drill out the spot welds. Then remove the bent metal. Next you repair any smaller damage in the area and take the replacement part and fit it into place and weld it in. Then apply seam sealer, and paint it to match.

The question of if you should do the repair or not is entirely dependent on what your skills are and if you have the correct tools. It also depends on what the neighbor expects the finished job to look like. If they want the end result to look factory takes more skill and practice than if they just want the door to close.

If you want to see some of these style repairs go look at a channel named Arthur tussik on YouTube. He does repairs like this and even harder and with a minimum of special tools.

As someone who did a lot of body work, it's not a super hard job, but if you haven't done body work or panel replacement it might be a bit much as a first repair. However it really depends on the amount of damage.
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Friday, April 23rd, 2021 AT 6:52 PM

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