Glad you're still plugged in here Dave! You've given me hope for an acceptable solution, in regards to the drop offs! I'm excited about that. I only need the patch panel up to the first line, on the psngr side. I have a long neglected NOS qtr panel for the driver's side ... looking to be used for about 15 yrs! Are you aware of anyone who still offers the patch panels? I can't seem to find them. If it's convenient to take a photo or two of the wheel well, please do. That would be appreciated. The other decision I'll have to make is to patch the outer lip of the outer wheelhouse or replace it. Thanks for your help.