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Old 08-14-2009, 01:28 PM   #1
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Question should i buy this car for parts?

well we bought my 78 for 300. its got alot of pretty bad dents, scrapes and minor rust. i think it was a good deal. the inside is all there but just old like any other 30yr old car. has no motor but a turbo 350 tranny.

i have been looking around for doors, quarter pannels, fenders, spoilers you know just keepin my eye out on craigslist and i found somthing that appears to be a good deal. the add on craigslist said it was a race car and was asking 500. so we go out there and it has no title, a screwed on cowl tag, and the numbers in the door are worn off. the body isnt perfect but i mean its all there and just has some minor bondo work.. i dont know what he thinks is a rece car, but this was not it. all that was done was he had the inside all pulled out with no seats or nuthin. that was it. by the time we left he had brought himself down to 200 without us even bardering. lol

what i need is a driver door, pass fender, both rocker pannels, spoiler, back bumper, and mabye a front bumber. it has all this but the rocker pannels where like folded in on the back, lower part.

so my dad says that he dosent think it would help us much. i think it would because that way we could just bolt parts on instead of trying to repair it..

do you think its worth it?
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Old 08-14-2009, 04:04 PM   #2
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$200.00 Jump on it. You can probly resale the parts you do not use and make money. The rocker panels should be easy to straighten after you cut them off and before you install them. Look at the price of parts on ebay and then you have to pay shipping also. I"d buy it.
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Old 08-14-2009, 04:09 PM   #3
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I'd buy it.
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Old 08-14-2009, 05:33 PM   #4
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Buy it take off what you need, take the rest to the scrap metal yard and you will get back most of your money.
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Old 08-14-2009, 07:00 PM   #5
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yeah thats what i was thinkin, now i just gotta convince my dad to let me buy it. hahah
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Old 08-14-2009, 07:03 PM   #6
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$200.00 Jump on it. You can probly resale the parts you do not use and make money. The rocker panels should be easy to straighten after you cut them off and before you install them. Look at the price of parts on ebay and then you have to pay shipping also. I"d buy it.
so like just bend them out and what if theres like a "fold line"? (i cant think of another way to say that) how would i go about fixing that?
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:19 PM   #8
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Get them as straight as you can and no doubt you will need to put a little filler in them. I have been a paint and bodyman for 30 years and anytime you use used parts you are going to need filler in some areas.There is nothing wrong with using filler if you try and keep it thin. It should never be used more than 1/4 inch thick. Try and keep it around 1/8 inch maximum if possible.
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Old 08-15-2009, 04:35 PM   #9
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okay thanks. i have another q about that.

like say you have a big dent about a foot by 6in. would you take the part off, beat it out almost right from the inside then beat it back a little then fill it with bondo?
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Old 08-15-2009, 04:58 PM   #10
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sounds like a good deal to meow
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Old 08-15-2009, 06:44 PM   #11
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If its easy to remove or easy to get to the back side that is the prefered way to do it,but you can buy a dent puller for under 10.00 at harbor freight tools. Use a 1/8th inch drill bit and drill holes in the dent,screw the puller in and pull the dent. Do not overpull it as you can stretch the metal. It does not require a heavy pull on the slide hammer. The same if you beat it out. Do not hit it any harder than nessessary.If you use the slide hammer a dent the size you mentioned will require several holes. If you have crowns (high ridges around the top and bottom of the dent) lightly tap them down with a hammer while you are pulling pressure on the dent. This will help hold the dent out when pressure is released. Pull the dent out as much as you possibly can.Once you get it pulled, grind the area you are applying filler to making sure not to hold the grinder in one spot for very long as this will heat the metal and also will stetch it.Grinding gives the filler a ruff surface to stick to.
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Old 08-15-2009, 06:59 PM   #12
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okay that was my next one. is it better to sand it all down before you do your filling? or do you have to grind it?
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Grinding is best. If you just sand it use use nothing higher than 80 grit paper but preferably something like 36 or 40 grit. The filler needs a ruff surface to stick to so it will feather on the edges.
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Old 08-15-2009, 10:05 PM   #14
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okay cool. i get what you mean. if you dont have it kinda rough it will leave like a line?
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