I agree, most shops would do a horrible repair.I wouldn't keep the car after it's fixed if I were you. The car will never be the same again once the rear fender panel is cut out and a new one is welded in place of the damaged one. Body shop metal work like that can cause problems in the long run. I would try to sell it or trade it in for another RT or for an SRT.
Yeah, heat warp could be a problem if not done in many steps. Not seeing it isn't my issue, it would be knowing that there is a vertical seam running up the panel where there shouldn't be one. The replacement panels actually include the sail panel as well up to the strip molding along the roofline. I would just prefer the whole panel was replaced (with my car at least).I would be more worried about ripples from welding such thin metal. you never see the weld if welded correctly.
Yes, the entire 1/4 is being replaced. Dodge procedures dictate where the 1/4 gets sectioned. The opening you see above is where I windowed the 1/4 so I could inspect the inner structure.Is the entire quarter panel going to be replaced? If it were my car I know I wouldn't want a welded seam going down the middle of my quarter.
No. What you are seeing there is dirt/mud/road grime. It hasn't started rusting yet, but for those in the east, where they use salt on the roads, this is how the rust gets started in the rocker.So what you're saying is a 2016 in the PNW is already rusting...!? Wow. Or is that just dirt I'm seeing?
I had already planned on removing both rocker covers this Spring and then cleaning around those clip insert holes. Once done with that I plan on running a thick bead of 3M silicone clear caulk around each and then quickly reinstall each rocker cover before the silicone sets up. This should effectively seal out the water intrusion through those holes at least prevent it from coming in from the top down. I'm also removing the sound insulation that's in the quarters in front of each rear tire since those also sop up water that comes into that area. Finally, I also am going to seal up the plastic wheelhouse liners to the quarter panels where they meet.So this is how the rust gets started.
The plastic rocket cover clips into the metal rocker panel. The metal rocker area and 1/4 panel, in front of the rear wheel are filled with ridged foam.
Most of you already know this.
Water has easy access through the mounting holes for the plastic rocker cover. There the water (salt in the rust belt), sits and starts eating away.
As it eats away, it gains more access to travel farther into the rocker.