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B Pillar needs a slight tweek

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Feb 28, 2016, 11:37 AM

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I have a 2003 Honda Civic that was in a relatively minor crash. Front passenger door opens and closes fine (minor scuffing and exterior sheet metal buckling). Bought a replacement back passenger side door. After installing I noticed the gap (+1/4 inch) between the passenger back and front door is about double the gap (about 1/8 inch) between the undamaged driver side front and back door. After closer inspection, I see the B-pillar is pushed an estimated 1/8 inch or so. Very minimal buckling and paint crack near bottom of B pillar. No visible damage to rocker panel area below doors. The gap between the front and back (damages side) passenger doors is amazingly consistent at just over 1/4 inch. Back door shuts with a forceful close and locks. Biggest issue is the whole back door/B pillar appears pushed back around 1/4, thus creating a poor fit. Any suggestions for a fix would be great. Blocking rear door opening and jacking to push B pillar forward?

Hammer Time
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Feb 28, 2016, 4:20 PM

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Re: B Pillar needs a slight tweek Sign In

Yes, close the door and take it to a qualified body shop.

Minor scuffing and exterior sheet metal and the pillar is moved? You gotta be kidding. This took a hard hit. You're way out of your league on this repair. This is a job for a very experienced body shop.


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Tom Greenleaf
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Feb 28, 2016, 10:33 PM

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Re: B Pillar needs a slight tweek Sign In

Hamaxx: Totally agree with Hammer Time - you are way over your head. This isn't my trained trade, never was but worked in and around it for all of many decades. Unit body car with seams and pillars that bent is going to take real tools and skill to put back after a HARD hit even if it didn't feel like it.
You mentioned buckling and such. Might find out this car isn't going to be worth fixing never mind look OK again,


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