E36 320 Coupe Rear Body Panel
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    Coupe Rear Body Panel

    Right, quick reference to my project thread if you want to know why I have this problem: http://www.bmwforums.info/projects/1...i-coupe-2.html

    I need to replace the rear body panel that sits between the boot lid and the bumper. From realoem it looks like part 41348151542 as per here: RealOEM.com * BMW E36 320i SIDE PANEL/TAIL TRIM

    Does anybody know how and where it is welded in, and if it might be just about possible to cut out the panel from a scrapped car in my body colour without damaging the paint in visible locations? I could then weld back in and paint the bits that were damaged but in non-visible locations.

    The damage I have isn't huge, but it really interrupts the lines in the body shape and annoys me. It seems to be too deformed to fill/bodge back to shape, but could be open to suggestions especially if someone can show how to get access to the rear of the panel.

    I fear whatever I do it will need a partial respray of the back end, but if at all possible I would like to avoid that.

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    Most of it is hidden by the boot lid / boot seal / lights / bumper at least but the join to the quarters if welded will always need paint, in fact I would feed it primer so it sucks it up to stop rust later.

    Your easiest bet is to get a nibbler and rechargeable drill and a cold chisel or body knife to retrieve one and then take it home with the bits of the other panels on it so you can clean it up in your own time.

    Hint buy yourself some spot weld cutter bits with the spring loaded middle and stop when you see the puff of rust that is usually when you are through the top skin. If you are going to plug weld that is fine, but you might want to clean the remnants off from the rear and use the spot weld cutters on the car to protect the car panels and use a grinder for minimum clean up, remember to cover all good paint and glass to protect from grinding sparks


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    If it was mine I would take the rear bumper off and apply a jack up hil on the lowest point of that with a long flat batten on to level it and fix the panel to boot gap and tthen evaluate whether to pull the top up or fill and paint.

    But it's not mine

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