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Old 01-12-2006, 07:00 PM
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Had a guy come and ask me about doing a 29 kit car... Problem is he started this project when he was 18, now he is in his 30's looked like to me.... He said the body went on a Pinto frame as he recalled and it was ready... Also said they never had any luck mounting it to the frame...

My question... this fiberglass body has been setting in a pole barn for the last 18 years untouched..... Can it be made to fit the frame and be straight now after all this time... I ask about braces and he said there were not any across the bottom as he remembered....

I am thinking this kit is trashed.... never done one.... Am I right??

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Old 01-12-2006, 07:11 PM
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You might be right,, it depends on how it was stored,, if it was sitting somewhat level , it might be ok, sometimes you can streighten up glass with a heat gun, but a tricky job,, sounds like a lot of work, Have you seen the car yet? get some pictures if you do go look at it, Bill
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Old 01-13-2006, 05:49 AM
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I have not seen it yet... He told me he was going to make sure he could find all the parts that came with it first... I will get some pics if he takes me to look at it, but I dont know if it has set level or not...however I am somewhat sure by our conversation that they did not worry about that... Thanks Bill
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Hey Bondoking, go for it!!! you love the misery,
Remember the boat?? This will be a nightmare like that one,
and you will have all kinds of fun (LOL)
Call me when you start, I'll bring my camera with drinks
and I'll watch you. (won't help though)
Remember what you told me,
"why do we do this to ourselves?"
I can't wait

P.S. do it with something special, like candy!!
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Old 01-13-2006, 07:21 AM
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That may or may not be trashed..won't know until you take a look..Probably Looks like this when done up to you if you feel up to building this car..

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If you do it the first thing to be done would be set the body square and leave it out in sun for a week or two.

Another note don't even thing about doing this thing unless you charge by the hour or you will lose your rear-end.

The first body's were pretty crude.
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Boy, that kind of job would scare me. Why has it been sitting so long without being worked on or sold off. Makes me think it would be a ton of work, and he didn't have the skill or motivation to do it, and no one would touch it or that the costs to get it done were very high. I could be wrong, but just gives me a bad feeling.
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Old 01-14-2006, 05:40 AM
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Thanks Barry good advice.. Ken it was a project he and his father where going to do together... when they got to putting the body on the frame, they were unsure about how to secure it because it was fiberglass and not metal... They stopped working and now it has set all these years... This guy is wanting it done before his father passes on.... Seems to be important to him, we will see if he has the finances to get er done
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Mercedes replica.

Pretty simple aren't they?.I have seen two here in OZ(one finished and one in the same conditon as his) ,But what if it's actually an Excalibur($$$$$$$ ),those things were on some sort of Ford Chassis,and since when did a pinto have a chassis ?if it's a pinto floor pan ....convince him to spring for a proper frame in a "T" style,as i cannot imagine the unibody structure of a pinto being suitable for anything but chinese bound scrap.
I can understand wanting to finish his dads project,some things just have to be.
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Old 01-14-2006, 12:20 PM
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I bet this a Classic carrages body kit located in Florida,[ now is in business as STREET BEASTS] and if it is anything like the 33 ford coupe body,, I would start running right now,
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