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Old 02-15-2004, 12:18 AM
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Well, I just wrecked my dream car. I was coming onto an interstate on-ramp, hit an oil slick, slid off the road and rolled it onto it's roof. Nobody was hurt in the car, but my baby took a real beating. The driver's side A-pillar folded a little, the middile of the front of the roof caved in, the passenger side A-pillar is straight, and the middle of the roof caved. It's not much of a description, of the damage, but ym question is, with damage in those spots, is it saveable? or do I need to start looking for another car?

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Old 02-15-2004, 12:24 AM
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Good to hear no one got hurt! , sad to hear your car got bent. Mabe you could put up some pics so we can get a look. When cars go over onto the shiney side the gaps around doors, hood, and deck lid will have the answer ...
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Old 02-15-2004, 12:39 AM
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Ok, I'll try to get some pics up tomorrow.
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Old 02-15-2004, 04:16 AM
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Anything is salvageable. It's just a matter of money and time. And it's usually the more money part that stops things.

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Old 02-15-2004, 06:34 AM
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it is alot easier to rebuild that build another. if your car was in good shape and restored with good frame, engine etc. and the interior is good. i would think that buying a straight malibu donor car body and swapping it onto the frame would be the best way to go. but it all depends on the condition of the rest your chevelle and if you have the place and time to do the cab swap.. imo.

perhaps you could build a convertible
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Old 02-15-2004, 07:21 AM
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Altho I am not into Chebbys, it seems to me that a 69 Chevelle would be well worth fixing, depending on the damage. The main thing to consider is your abilities and resources. A roof, if you can find one from a donor car, is not that hard to replace, considering some of the work done by people on these boards. In the area you are in, I would think that useable parts should not be that hard to find. If you can find a shell for parts, I would consider fixing, rather than replacing. I would look at the damage and the availability of parts and go from there.

Post some pictures and lets see what you really need to do.
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Old 02-18-2004, 11:42 PM
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Heres a pic of what it looks like what it looks like right now, dont know if it helps any but here it is:
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Heres a pic of what it looks like what it looks like right now, dont know if it helps any but here it is:
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Old 02-19-2004, 04:25 AM
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Was it rolled or was some idiot jumping on the roof?

Unless the other side is dented up, I can't see how it rolled.


If you can find a decent body shell, I would go that route.

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Replace the roof with one from a scrap yard. Get the windshield posts too.
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Old 02-19-2004, 04:51 PM
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It rolled over slowly into a deep muddy ditch. You guys think theres any possible way i canjust straighten out that body?
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I don't think you are going to straighten that roof. The bows need replacement. I can't tell for sure from that photo, but it looks like there is a problem at the windshield post on the left side. I would see about getting a roof cut off of another car and fix that car. Of course, I don't see what the other side looks like.
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Old 02-21-2004, 04:36 AM
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replace roof or build convertible :-)
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Strip the lead out of the C-pillars, and drill out the spot welds. remove the doors and fenders and drill out the spot welds at the base of the A-pillars. Remove roof. Repeat process on junkyard car. Install roof. Plug weld through drilled out spot welds. Epoxy prime. Fill transition on C-pillar with milled fiberglass.

Dont take a roof from a car that had a vinyl top. Pay attention to your window channels for allignment
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to replace this roof with one off a donar car, youll want as many alignment points as possible .... cross measure a million damn times on the donor car FROM every point TO everypoint that your tape measure can reach, and DRAW it all out on paper

think of it this way ... your basicly "chopping" the top ...... but your just leaving it the stock height ... and rodders chop stuff all the time .... the truck scene is even chopping brand new factory vehicals its just a matter of aligning everything properly before you weld

my old bosses from the chrysler dealer have a 1966 hemi satelite and a 69 hemi road runner that a barn fell on .... they both look just as bad, but are still plenty saveable
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Old 02-24-2004, 10:03 AM
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that depends Low Roller, on where it is cut... I would strongly suggest not cutting it at all. The best way would be to take it apart where the factory put it together, and thats at the spot welds. Removing the factory lead to get to all of them might be time consuming, but it will take out a lot of guess work.
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