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Its totalled with what these cars are worth. If you're set on fixing it you'd be better off replacing the entire quarter panel and the rocker. The pinch weld suprisingly still looks pretty straight.
 

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Whoa.
First off, you don't have to be embarrassed about it here. We're just happy to have a new member trying to save one of these cars. The Cougar I've been driving for the last 21 years "should" have been scrapped 7 or 8 years ago.
I would start by taking all the interior trim out of the rear seat area to try to access the inside of that body panel anywhere I could, then try to bang it out. If you search the internet for "inflatable dent repair" you will see lots of products you might be able to slide into the bodywork behind the dent to push it out with. Dent "pullers" would also work for sure, although you might need the type that you have to drill a hole to set the anchor. That's okay. At this point, filling a couple holes would be the least of your concerns. If you can get that body section close enough to finish with Bondo, than that would be a big win.

I think the rocker panel probably cant be straightened as it is, but find a sheetmetal specialist who might be able to duplicate it or cut that panel out, straighten it on the bench, then weld it back in. That should be totally doable if its not rusted from the inside out.

If you can get the body and the rocker sorted out, then the door is obviously easiest to just replace.
 
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Actually instead of the ones you drill a crap ton of holes for get one of the stud pullers. Instead of drilling a hole you use the gun for it and weld little studs to the dented area.

After the studs are attached you hook a slide hammer to them and pull with them. Its the same concept except you're not drilling holes. When the dents pulled out to where you want it you just take a die grinder and grind the pin back off. Then you're not putting a bunce of holes in it.

They sell the stud welder on amazon and at harbor frieght I believe.
 

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Imagine how messed up that car would have been if it didn't have ding guards :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:
 
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Funny! Possibly less. The ding guards an extra inch of car to push in. Had they been removed it may have caught something solid sooner and made less dent.
 

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I don’t think it’s horrible. I am planning on a body kit and it looks like the side skirts just cover that up anyway
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Looks like you should get all the damage fixed first before looking for other parts. Try going to a local junkyard and see if they have any of the panels your looking for. Some repair shops may be able to pull the quarter panel out, but the door, rocker and fender will need to be replaced as it’ll be too expensive to fix those items. Be cheaper to replace them. Rocker will need cut out and replaced. Get a quote first to see how much everything will be before purchasing parts. Good luck


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