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Panel swap done!!

So, we finally had decent weather around here, so yesterday we decided to do our first ever panel swap. I had the help of my wife, daughter, and a friend. With just hand tools, taking our time, a break in the middle, also a few times running inside to get info from computer, it took us 5 hours including setup and cleanup.
We were a little intimidated beforehand by this project, and briefly we were on the fence about letting the dealer do it for us, now so glad we didn't. Easier than we thought. And, we didn't break a single clip/ rivet- although I could see how that could happen on those lower rockers.
We used the smart evilution site and the new youtube video on front clip removal for reference points along the way, great help- thanks to both!!
Also thanks to folks on this site who answered my MANY questions beforehand!
Almost forgot- if you want to stop traffic on your street, do a panel swap in your driveway! We had too many cars to count literally stop in front of my house to see what we were doing....
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Congratulations! How about some "before" and "after" pics?
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And, if you had the time, "during"...
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My friend is a pro photographer. He took many pics before and during, but it was getting dark last night as we were getting done. He plans on taking the "after" pics later today of completed car/project and then we will put them on my computer. Then I'll figure out how to get them on here.(semi-computer illiterate here)
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Yeah I just noticed you have no gallary pics here yet

Oh The shame



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Maybe some body out there with more experience, can tell him how to post pictures. That way we can see his pictures.
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Can't wait to see those pics! I'm hoping to make mine yellow!
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Great job. Can't wait to see the pics. Just wait - next time you'll cut the time down significantly and then finally you'll be able to do a panel swap in an hour.



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Maybe some body out there with more experience, can tell him how to post pictures. That way we can see his pictures.
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pics or it DIDN'T happen.....
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