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Just some guy
67 coupe, 69 Sportsroof, 86 hatchback
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New repro parts are cheap and worth using. A patch isn't permanent. As "cut and replace" jobs go, replacing the front inner fender and battery tray is one of the easiest ones. It is kind of involved. You'll need to pull the fender, cut out the rotten piece, and weld in new pieces. If this is more than you want to get into, check out a catalog like NPD's. They have good illustrations of the parts you'll need (and prices). Take the car (and catalog if necessary) around to some shops and get some estimates of what the labor charge is to replace to parts versus a patch repair. Go with what you prefer or can afford. A 6 inch hole in the car is NOT good.
 

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Just some guy
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Most definitely requires welding. Although I have many skills, I'm a newbie to welding. I managed to get mine replaced well enough to be proud of the job. Welding stuff is neat, but it can be pretty awful if you don't know what you're doing. Luckily I had a coach to help me get started. Many welds later (torque box and floor pans) my weld beads still aren't half as nice as my teacher's. Paying a pro is a good choice, I just like do it yourself stuff.
 
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