On Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 10:50 PM, BJNoSHOV8 <email@example.com> wrote:
> When my dad had a body shop we used to send these types of things to our
> local frame shop. B They would pull the structure back to proper position
> then the body panels should fit properly.
Yeah, call your frame shops. You might be able to find someone who is
willing to work with you on having you do all the other work, and who
can tell you how much you need to pull for them to work their magic.
(particularly, if you can be without the truck for a while.) It might
be less than you think, or it might be a lot more. there are reasons
collision repair is expensive.
>> I have a 1998 GMC Safari (same as Chevy Astro) that was in pretty good
>> shape until my son decided to butt heads with an immovable object. I have
>> stripped all the damaged body panels (hood, bumper&cover, grill, and one
>> fender) to asses the damage to the body structure and can only find that
>> radiator support was kinked inwards less than one inch. While this doesn't
>> sound very bad it does throw off the alignment of the front fender (pass
>> side). The Safari/Astro use unibody construction and the radiator support
>> panel is a substantial piece of metal. Specially the horizontal piece at
>> top where the damage is. This part is boxed and gaining access behind the
>> damaged area is nearly impossible without removing a LOT of junk. Do you
>> guys have any suggestions?
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