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Old 12-31-2017, 08:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Driver side damage, steps to fix

Hey guys

The wifeís 94 Yukon 6.5 got in an accident unfortunately, it spun out on the highway

The driver side door was impacted (light pole) and damage also transferred to
- the windshield (crack)
- the rocker panel/floor (driver seat is lifted on the side closer to the door)
- the dash
- the running board broke off

The a-pillar seems ok, and so does the the b pillar. At least visually. I didnít see any obvious bends, cracks, separation, etc.

I bought a new door and went to put it on today. It seems as if the a-pillar to b-pillar has moved together about one inch, as I couldnít close the new door, and measured the other side for reference

Iím not a body man. I can bolt in a new door, and was hoping that the vehicle would at least be drivable until itís at least warmer outside.

The frame doesnít appear to have any damage. Iím wondering what can be done next. I understand taking it to a body shop, and giving them a blank cheque is the ultimate answer, but I was hoping I could at least do a few more things before we get to that step.

Iím not sure if body panels can be Ďpulledí similar to frames, or if itís just a matter of stripping everything off and cutting out damages pieces, welding in new pieces.

Thanks guys. Itís been a long, cold, two days and Iím super discouraged with whatís been happening. Luckily we are both OK and no serious injuries have resulted.

Thanks for reading and happy new year everyone.

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Old 12-31-2017, 09:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey guys

The wifeís 94 Yukon 6.5 got in an accident unfortunately, it spun out on the highway

The driver side door was impacted (light pole) and damage also transferred to
- the windshield (crack)
- the rocker panel/floor (driver seat is lifted on the side closer to the door)
- the dash
- the running board broke off

The a-pillar seems ok, and so does the the b pillar. At least visually. I didnít see any obvious bends, cracks, separation, etc.

I bought a new door and went to put it on today. It seems as if the a-pillar to b-pillar has moved together about one inch, as I couldnít close the new door, and measured the other side for reference

Iím not a body man. I can bolt in a new door, and was hoping that the vehicle would at least be drivable until itís at least warmer outside.

The frame doesnít appear to have any damage. Iím wondering what can be done next. I understand taking it to a body shop, and giving them a blank cheque is the ultimate answer, but I was hoping I could at least do a few more things before we get to that step.

Iím not sure if body panels can be Ďpulledí similar to frames, or if itís just a matter of stripping everything off and cutting out damages pieces, welding in new pieces.

Thanks guys. Itís been a long, cold, two days and Iím super discouraged with whatís been happening. Luckily we are both OK and no serious injuries have resulted.

Thanks for reading and happy new year everyone.

Some detailed pics of the damage might get you some better responses


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Old 12-31-2017, 09:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You can do some backyard "frame straightening" if its not a frame rail!

Using a come-along and some ratchet straps or chains and binders to tie the other side of the truck down.

MoClamps make special clamps for pulling that have jaws such that when you pull they tighten down even more but you might get away with something like these


Tac-N-Pull-with-Pull-Plates

Only use heat as a last resort.

If you really want to buy some tools...Get a nice Porta Power set like this!
Might be easier than a come-along as they come with Pull Rams too! you'd still need to tie the other side down opposite of the pull.



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Other option would just be to take to a body shop and only have them pull and fit the new door.. I'd tell them you'd deal with the door cards etc.

Without pics..most shops charge a min frame time to put on rack...sometimes its 4hrs... but I can't think from the description it would be more than 4hrs frame time, 1.5 hrs door fitment. just to get it to close without doing any paint work.
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OK see pics

The one closeup is the b pillar at the bottom
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That'll buff right out.
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Take it to a shop - only way to pull that lower jamb/floor is on a frame rack.. home brew won't fix that without a 20ton post and pots in the floor.

I'm guestimating 8-12 hrs rack time.

Take the money and run? (if its insured)
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If the frame itself is still straight, and the truck is still running well, and you like that style truck, find one with a good body and bad drivetrain and swap the parts between them to make one...
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Old 01-01-2018, 05:06 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the tips guys

Iím not interested in swaps or sarcastic comments, just constructive ones, so thanks for that

8-12 hours, wow, a lot more than I thought ! Thanks for that.
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Here's my thought, the bottom of the b-pillar looks like some rust and structural damage-there appears to be a crack forming, and the way the paint lifted tells me there was some underlying rust. Probably nothing too severe, but the accident will have magnified that and pulling that lower jam, may make it worse.

So on top of trying to straghten the cab, which 8-12 sounds accurate; there may still need to be additional body work, including cutting and replacing some metal.

I myself would seriously consider all the options. If it is indeed insured, make sure you get several quotes-not sure on your location, but there are 3 frame racks/body shops near me. Then look into the option of a buy back and buying a rust free 'burb from the south, southwest. The insurance company will want to take the cheap way, so be prepared to fight, bring in some quotes, even some prices of a full on replacement to compare to.

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it needs to go on a ''frame machine',,just pay a bodyshop to pull it,then hang door,,$300-400 sounds about right,then fix the rest yourself

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