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View Poll Results: What type of material would you whether see fit to use if restoring/builing a car?
Steel 14 60.87%
Fiber glass 8 34.78%
Carbon fiber 1 4.35%
Aluminum 2 8.70%
Stainless steel 3 13.04%
Wood 0 0%
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Old 04-16-2006, 04:59 PM
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Fiber glass or steel

What would y'all whether have is building/restoring a hot rod or muscle car?

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Old 04-16-2006, 05:52 PM
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I voted Carbon fiber, its light and strong, however i hate seeing it unpainted as seems to be the fad on tuner cars. I like all the panels on my vehicles to match.

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I voted wood. Hey I was a termite in my former life!
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Well glass cracks after time, so steel is cheap and everything else cost to much.

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I Think Good Old American Steel Is The Best Thing To Rebuild A Car It Just Seems Right
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It depends on what the car starts out as.
If its steel then it should be repaired with steel.

Fiberglass on steel will crack but if its bonded glass to glass then I dont see a problem.
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If I was building a streetrod on a budget I would go fiberglass.
if I was going to hack something up into a race car I wouuld use fiberglass
If I was building a muscle car, There are no fiberglass reproductions of them. Narrows the choices down a little there.(I'll assume were not talking flopper bodies)
If I wanted to build a traditional street rod and I could get my hands on steel, then that is what I'd look for.
so, crazy roy, what kind of exhaust do you prefer? Car? Bus? 2 stroke?
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cant beat american steel
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If I wanted to build a deuce coupe (which I will be starting later this year) and I couldn't find a reasonably priced decent steel body, I would buy fiberglass.

And that's exactly what I did. Not all of us are as lucky as Deuce and can come up with (and afford) really nice barn finds. Many people think that fiberglass cars are less work, but they are mistaken. Glass cars take just as much work as steel but it's just different work. It takes an incredibly long time to get glass really straight after it's seasoned and fully hardened. It also requires different techniques. The myth that glass cars take less work is just that, a myth.

Would I rather have steel, you bet. But when steel isn't available you more or less have to go with what's available.
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