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A Panel Removal
The good news is new A panels are very cheap.
I am afraid i know of no way to remove it without cutting it off as it is crimped and (sometimes) spot welded around the hinge panel. The good news is new A panels are very cheap.
To remove it you need to take off the door and grind down the rear edge of the A panel untill you see 3 layers of panel and split the seam between the wing and A panel. The panel will then only be held at the top by a small run of weld to the door frame and a small weld to the trim flange at the bottom, grind off these and the A panel is off.
Make your repair to the inner wing/hinge panel, make the A panel mounting faces good and fit the one new one by clamping it in position to the wing flange and GENTLY crimp the rear edge of the A panel round the hinge panel.
When this is secure you can weld the wing/A panel seam, weldup the top bit on the door frame and bottom bit to the trim flange and that is it. Fill up and dings and crimp marks, paint, drive......
Info from Drew IME'd 20 Dec 2002
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