When I bought the car I noticed two things
1) it had been hit before
2) it had some amateur body work done
I am trying to figure out the best way to tackle this quarter. I do not want to replace it either. I am working backwards in the dent trying to bring it back to life in my mind before setting out on it. Car is set to get blasted next week so will have a better idea then of overall shape.
Thinking for the door jamb issue, try to get a bottle jack or somethign behind the main dent to push it out. Then same bottle jack try to bring the door jamb to move forward a bit. Hopefully that helps take some of the kink out of the body line up top. Once that is moved out a bit, try to massage the part of the door jamb end on the quarter panel that is folded over on its itself. I feel like I may have make a relief cut and fab a fresh little piece in there.
Then its on to the overall 1/4. Its hard to tell in the pictures but its pushed in a hair towards the inner fender at that nasty scar. What is the best way to move it out a bit? Maybe a 1/4-1/2 inch? From about mid window to mid trunk it seems to take that dive in so very gradual. Inner fender follow suit.
After that I need to address the waviness and the big scar. That should just be hammer work hopefully, but its in a semi hard to reach area from behind. Stud welder and a slide hammer the best route then?
Lastly the "scoop where the bodyline meets the roofline and top of the quarterpanel has a number of scars, dips and contours. I am not sure how to really go about this one. I want to build up the body line where the weld bead is large enough so I can grind it down to look close to the rest I think. Then thoughts on the scars and dips in the scoop? Fab a new piece? Its in a tricky spot and is a concave and its pretty uneven.
Bodywork is a new field for me although I think I may have a great time with it this 1/4 is keeping me up at night. So is my denty roof.