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1G Can my 1994 Eclipse GS body be repaired?

Posted by William Osterberg, May 16, 2019

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  1. William Osterberg

    William Osterberg Probationary Member

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    Hi,
    My 94 GS was hit on the driver's side rear wheel by an SUV traveling about 30 mph, breaking the axle, bending the cross bar just behind the axle, crumpling the quarter panel and warping the rear bumper. I was whipped around about 170 degrees. If it can fixed I would rather keep it. None of the shops here will deal with this.
    I have been told that 1) with unibody construction this is not just a matter of replacing the quarter panel and possibly the bumper 2) there could be damage behind the quarter panel.
    This is new territory for me and welcome any advice on how to assess the body/frame damage. I have done the usual type of body work.
    Thanks in advance for your help.
    William
     
  2. BLACK'98DSM

    BLACK'98DSM Proven Member

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    How good are you with a cutting wheel? How about a welder? How about Bondo?

    From the way you described it the damage sounds pretty bad, but pictures will tell us everything!!
     

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  3. ThunderChild

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    Pictures will tell more, we need to see the standard damage outside, as well as underneath and inside the car with interior pieces removed.

    I'd be worried about cracked subframe or weld portions, bent frame sections etc. If it's purely cosmetic, then it's fixable as long as you want to spend the time and money on it. Once you get into frame damage or more it's pretty pointless to try and repair without some sophisticated tools.

    If you need parts, Miller Import parts might be able to help you with that.
     
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  4. tsiawd90

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    If the impact was hard enough to break the rear axle you are probably better off looking for a new shell. The under side of the car is likely to be skewed causing all sorts of issues. IF the drive line has been altered you are going to be putting unknown stresses on the components that could result in early failure.
     
  5. William Osterberg

    William Osterberg Probationary Member

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    i am comfortable with Bondo and a cutting wheel. Welding was going to be next to repair rust hole in front of rear wheel wells.
    Thanks!
     
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  7. William Osterberg

    William Osterberg Probationary Member

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    Thanks! Please clarify what you mean by 'drive line' and new 'shell.' I apologize for my ignorance.
     
  8. ThunderChild

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    Driveline referring to engine, transmission, axles, wheels etc.

    Shell referring to the cars body itself. Often when everything unboltable is removed from the vehicle, it is then called a "shell"
     

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