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Old 03-15-2013, 12:56 PM
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Ray, I have thought the exact same thing. My 48 Chevy was 27 when I got it, that is a 1986 Chevy pickup today. Wow how time flies! Back when I was a kid I never in a million years imagined that I would walk over and look at a Pinto, a restored Pinto at a car show, but I have!

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Yes Brain, we do think alike...I think that was evident from some of our early posts when we where gently arguing only to find out we where talking about the same thing...LOL.

I wanted my first real car (the 54 Chevy was not a real car and not that my 56 Chevy wasn't a real car, or a 37 Chevy 1/2 ton I bought when I was 17 wasn't a real truck...but a driver) to be an AMC AMX...The guy I bought my 54 Chevy from owned a 68 Pontiac OHC 6cy...loved it and a 1968 AMX 290 4 speed. I wanted that AMX, he wouldn't sell it...so I drove to Winnipeg and bought a 67 FIrebird...but always wanted an AMX. Everybody told me I was crazy.

In 1991 I found my car, a 1969 AMX, 390 Speed with just under 40,000 miles and mint. I still have that car today, it still doesn't have 40,000 miles, not because I don't enjoy driving it, I do, I just like the fact that it has under 40,000 miles and when I but miles on it I can't take those back...It's my pride and joy and the people that thought I was crazy back in the day, love to see that 69. I've been fortunate enough to purchase the two other years of AMX (anything after 1970 I don't consider an AMX, 4 seater and all...maybe I need to rethink that...LOL) 1968 and 1970, I drive these cars much more, they had high mileage, had previous work done and a car is original only once.

I get as much pleasure out of knowing I have a low mile piece of what I wanted in my past as I do driving it. Let me take that back...I do enjoy driving it more than looking at it...but like I said, they are only original once.

Ray

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Martinsr, thanks for posting those pics! Looks to be a couple of inches is all the roof extends. If I decide to do this I think I will have to make the cross roof cut back quite a ways on the flat part of the roof, to avoid different slopes on the pieces, which makes the chance of major warping a good possibility, especially with my so-so welding skills. Any other options there that you guys see?

I have a couple of years on you guys. My first car was a '53 Ford. It was only 13 years old when I had it, but in those days it seemed old. In those days cars didn't last as long as they do today I think, so a 15 year old car was a rarity. Plus, they changed the body styles more frequently, even pickups. I had a '54 Ford pick up. That style was around for 3 years, plus the '56 which was a little different but shared many body parts. The '77 body style I have now was around for 7 years, plus the 67-72 were again similar but a little different is another 6 years.
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Other than making a new piece to extend out and cut off the skin welding it to it, there is another way. Go out to the wreckers and get another roof. Cut the skin off the roof straight across about 9 inches back from the front, then cut yours off about 6 inches from the front and weld longer piece on. This is a quick explaination, it won't be that easy as it will take som re-shaping and drilling it out of the gutter and such but basically that is it.

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If I can just add to what Brian just mentioned (Martinsr, as I now realize that you guys are both named Brian), if your going to go to wrecking yard, take the whole roof, including about 6 inches of the a Pillar and maybe a little less of the B Pillar (often the front windshield's are out and the rear windshield is still in the truck, if the rear windshield is out, take the full 6 inches of the B Pillar. That way you can take it home, take your time, make all the cuts you want and be in no hurry.

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If I can just add to what Brian just mentioned (Martinsr, as I now realize that you guys are both named Brian), if your going to go to wrecking yard, take the whole roof, including about 6 inches of the a Pillar and maybe a little less of the B Pillar (often the front windshield's are out and the rear windshield is still in the truck, if the rear windshield is out, take the full 6 inches of the B Pillar. That way you can take it home, take your time, make all the cuts you want and be in no hurry.

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Good point Ray, I should have made that clear.

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I had thought of that, but around here none of the wreckers cater to guys like us. They're more interested in selling big buck items to bodyshops and mechanics so none that I know of keep anything that old. Was looking for a seat recently and the oldest truck I saw was a '96. I'll phone around though and maybe find something. There is a fellow living not too near me with a real junky yard and he has a 67-72 pushed in the back. Not sure if they are exactly the same though. Also, his place brings banjos into my head if you know what I mean!
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That's one thing I loved about my past life as a paint rep...I was all over Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and new all of the choice scrap yards...and yes I know the feeling of the banjo playing, junk yard dog, step over 4 transmissions to get to the owner scrap yards. There was one wrecker, about 3 miles outside of Peace River Alberta, he had everything you could imagine...I had one customer that needed some oddball parts like suit case hinges that where offered on an early Ford as a luggage option, he had several pairs to chose from, or the customer that had to have the Yukon, Polar Bear shaped license plate, I was able to get 3 from this guy for $10...And yes, shades of the movie Deliverance entered my mind every time I walked into that yard.

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Ask those wreckers to find you one, believe me they will if they are catering to body shops. We have the "Pick-ur-part" yards out here now (the Walmart of wreckers) and they will have old trucks, I was just over there the other day and there was probably five of those trucks over there. Are there any that you can make an after noon of it and drive a ways?


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Your in British Columbia, and your government insurance is ICBC, if it's anything like SGI in Saskatchewan or MPI in Manitoba, they are all computer linked to most wrecking yards, they need to be to get every last used part on a vehicle they can instead of buying new, ask any ICBC owned wrecking yard and I'm sure they could hook you up.

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Yes, I'll be looking around.
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