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post #1 of 5 Old 11-02-2019, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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CJ7 Rear Corner/Panel Damage Fixing

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I posted this originally in the CJ Forum of Jeep Forum but realized this may be the better location to find help.

The other day, my Jeep was sitting on a slight incline with the parking brake on (was running so not in gear) when the parking brake failed and released itself while I was in the house. Long story short, it slowly rolled back about 6 feet and slid against the family truck. The damage occurred to the rear corner and quarter panel (behind door opening). I am trying to figure out a way to fix these body problems as best as I can, understanding that some may not be fixable. My main concern is in the area to the rear of the wheelwell where it is bent inwards (no crease) and the front section of the rear wheelwell because it is bent out and dented, making the attachment of a new fender flare nearly impossible.

As the Jeep rolled backward, the corner panel caught the edge of the family truck's bumper, denting it. As the Jeep continued rolling, the fender flare bent inwards as the Jeep turned to be completely parallel to the truck, bending the sheet metal in without a crease. Then, the front of the flare snagged, ripping off, and buckling the bottom, front section of the wheelwell outwards. Finally, two small dents formed on the quarterpanel behind the door opening where the vertical brace is on the inside of the tub (brace not damaged).

If anyone has any advice on how to fix this damage, please let me know. The dents do not matter much, as I am more concerned in the attachment of the fender flare. I have slowly been working at it with an improvised hammer and dolly using my basic knowledge of the tool's usage. Also, if anyone has any advice on how to approach fixing the parking break that would be awesome

Hopefully, this thread will be useful to other Jeepers who may have similar damage from trees/rocks on the trail or big metallic rocks with four wheels on the road

Thanks guys!

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post #2 of 5 Old 11-04-2019, 01:52 PM
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Instead of a hammer and dolly Id start on the light crease with a board as a backup and a rubber mallet to prevent more damage.

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Thank you very much for the advice rjbduzan. I will definitely have to try that tomorrow as avoiding more damage is more important than accidentally making a current issue worse.

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-04-2019, 06:30 PM
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Also check out the paintless dent repair on you tube

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Thanks again for the guidance! Found some helpful videos involving paintless dent repair.

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