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Hey there, I have a '73 hatchback that I am planning on making a roll pan for. Well while I've had my rear bumper removed the rear of my car got hit, not too bad, but damage nonetheless. The part that took the brunt of it was the member that the rear bumper mounts bolted to. Anyways the middle of it is where it got messed up, but the ends where they meet up with the inside of the quarter panel are ok. So I am thinking about cutting the center of it out, capping the cut pieces and running two pieces of tubing across to act as bracing. Is this ok? Will cutting it apart hurt the structure at all? I could cut the center out and then bend some sheet metal to replace it, but since I am not putting a bumper back on there I dont really need the flat face to bolt it to.
 
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