[DeTomaso] Re-starting my Pantera Restoration - Again!
MikeLDrew at aol.com
Mon Jan 1 01:45:14 EST 2018
I'm sure Denny Finn can repair it easily. It might not be cheap, but it probably won't be as expensive as some might think.
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> On Dec 31, 2017, at 15:27, Charles Copeland <cwcopela at 1scom.net> wrote:
> Hey DeTomaso Listers!
> First of all, Happy New Year!
> Second, I'm thinking that 2018 should be the year to - once again - get
> serious about restoring our '72 Pantera that I started restoring about
> 20 years ago or so.
> Here's where I really need some help. The thing that always brings the
> project to a halt is the fact that, due to accident damage under
> previous ownership, the unibody seems to have about 1/4 inch larger gap
> in the passenger-side door opening and upper passenger side window
> cavity compared to the driver's side.
> Several body/frame shops, as well as at least one of our highly
> esteemed Pantera Parts Vendors, have told me that it's not worth
> fixing, can't be fixed, move on and get another car!
> I'm finding it difficult to believe that this problem can't be fixed
> but I don't know how and don't have the requisite skills. But, from
> stripping off the paint and bondo, it appears that the roof was brazed
> on at the bottom of the front roof pillars and at the top of the rear
> quarters. So, I'm thinking perhaps the alignment of the roof/pillars
> was just rushed by the body shop/backyard mechanic that repaired the
> car post-accident.
> Can you all weigh-in on whether or not this lopsided unibody can be
> re-aligned so that the passenger-side door fits correctly and there is
> no gap in the upper passenger-side windshield? Or should I simply put
> it back together crooked like it was before? After all it drove
> great! I guess the car didn't know it was crooked!
> Oh, I should mention, the frame/suspension aligns perfectly - no issues
> there. Just poorly fitting passenger door and windshield.
> Charles Copeland
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