Originally Posted by MDH33
My guess would be that it had to do with the method of assembling the parts on the assembly line. Maybe some of those large parts were first bolted together, then moved to another part of the factory to be welded. Certain parts may have needed to be assembled before others, or maybe the welding took place in a totally different location, etc.
That's a good guess, and seems as logical as any. I posted this on the LCML and got similar responses. At this point I am inclined to put it back the way the factory did it, but am still tempted to weld the quarter panel to the box section, even though it's not welded there from the factory. Then either seam seal or body fill the gaps. This is a major rust point in the factory design and looks like it might be an improvement over factory method. Does anyone have any thoughts on why this might be a bad idea?