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Old 04-30-2012, 05:38 PM
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body twisted

I have a 1978 Trans Am with T-Tops. I can notice the body being twisted a little. Nobody notices unless I point it out. Basically The passenger side roof slants down a little above the windshield and of course the drivers side is a bit higher. The back of the roof in between the T-Tops has a very slight buckle that you can feel by touching.

How would this be repaired?

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Unless you have frame tools, Like porta powers, cutting tools and welders. I would suggest taking it to a good collision repair man. I have a 77' TA. They are sweet rides. Jack it up on stands under the suspension and look to see if the floor pans are warped behind the sub frame.
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After I remove the sub frame I'm gonna check the height at the front and rear torque boxes to see how bad it really is.

Anybody know the specs for how much it can be off by?
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just like 80's mustangs

I have an 84 Capri RS T top 5.0. HO ..When I got it. It had been patched back together, Front fender Hood door and deck lid/ It had more than the typical cracks. I bought the Mustang sub frame kit and added 1 X 1/2 under each rocker, and made cross pieces along the body, under seats , and rear floor locations for the roll bar , a ladder on each side and made my own extra sub frame connector plates. It made a big difference in handling.
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This car isn't dark brown metalic is it? Back when they where new I had a customer hit the ditch in the winter time and when he jumped a snow bank with it landing in the middle of the road it twisted so bad it poped one of the t-roofs out on to the road. It was a real pain getting it to pull out on a cheif frame rack and they are one of the best. I could get it to pull but couldn't get it to stay.
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After I remove the sub frame I'm gonna check the height at the front and rear torque boxes to see how bad it really is.

Anybody know the specs for how much it can be off by?
Three or four millimeters is the general tolerance allowed.

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This car isn't dark brown metalic is it? Back when they where new I had a customer hit the ditch in the winter time and when he jumped a snow bank with it landing in the middle of the road it twisted so bad it poped one of the t-roofs out on to the road. It was a real pain getting it to pull out on a cheif frame rack and they are one of the best. I could get it to pull but couldn't get it to stay.
No the stock paint was gold but it has been repainted dark blue by somebody at some point.

The twist isn't too bad barely noticeable. The T-Tops don't leak either so I would say I am lucky.
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Three or four millimeters is the general tolerance allowed.

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Once again, thanks Brian.
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