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Technical '32 roof insert

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Pete, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. Pete
    Joined: Mar 8, 2001
    Posts: 4,709


    I'm getting close to filling the roof on my 5 window coupe project.

    Does anybody know of a late model car roof or trunk lid that works as a good donor filler?

    I know I can get a Walden insert but I'm waay too cheap.

    Thanks guys.
  2. Maverick/Comet were supposedly good as I remember.
  3. Jim Bouchard
    Joined: Mar 2, 2011
    Posts: 879

    Jim Bouchard

  4. Pete
    Joined: Mar 8, 2001
    Posts: 4,709


    I was hoping something newer I could find at a wrecking yard.

  5. zombiecat
    Joined: Jan 21, 2006
    Posts: 133


    Dad used to use 86-95 Ford Taurus roofs on the ones he did. They are plentiful and cheap.
  6. Nothing looks as good as the original type 2 pennys
  7. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,843


    Volvo s70 or v70. Big expanse of smooth steel. No stupid ribs that some folks think are cool but make me throw up. Cheap plentiful. I have one and it was parked next to my 34 for a while. It almost lost its roof a couple times.
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  8. 29moonshine
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,338


    ^^^ as my grand dad said if everybody liked the same thing it would be one hell of a long line. i like the taurus roof also
  9. Pete
    Joined: Mar 8, 2001
    Posts: 4,709


    I'll check the Taurus roof, there should be plenty of those at the yards.

    I'd do the fabric roof but it's not really an option with my car.
  10. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 3,000


    With the quality of work you crank out ,it'll look good even if you'd use one out of a Ugo !
  11. Seem to recall roof from Pinto worked for some. Not first hand knowledge, just memory bank reading.
  12. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 19,089


    When did the manufacturers start using the high strength steel that everybody says is hard to weld? If somebody could answer that, we'd know that we need to find donors older than that.
  13. The last one I helped fill a top in a 5 window we used a 1966 Mustang turned sideways it fit the crown perfectly. HRP
  14. I know my Dad told me they had done one in the 70's with a 67-68 mustang roof turned around backwards and it fit the crown perfect.
  15. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 10,033

    Bandit Billy

    So a buddy of mine filled the roof of his 29 5 window with a roof off a S-10 blazer.
    This is not his car but the only shot of a blazer roof I could rip off the inter pages
    It does have some groovy ridges in it and looks pretty cool welded into the 5 window. Plus, as an added benefit, there seems to be a lot of these S-10's out there missing their 5 speeds so prices may be cheap on what's left over.
  16. linechaser32
    Joined: Apr 8, 2006
    Posts: 1,312

    from Iowa

    70 Camaro turned around back to front.
  17. I know my Dad told me they had done one in the 70's with a 67-68 mustang roof turned around backwards and it fit the crown perfect.
  18. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 8,737

    from Nebraska

    I did a 32 5 window years ago with the roof off a Corvair coupe turned backwards. Worked great, had all the right contours and welded right in. Doubt if you'll ever find a Corvair these days.
  19. Pete
    Joined: Mar 8, 2001
    Posts: 4,709


    Damn.... now I'm gonna have to find a mustang!
  20. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 3,077

    from norcal

    I used a 59 Chevy hard top. Bought it at a ptown swap. Man that friggen top was big, had a camper shell on my pickup whacked some of the posts off with a hacksaw. Took awhile
  21. TerryT35
    Joined: Jun 16, 2006
    Posts: 37

    from Minnesota

    I used a Pinto/Bobcat wagon roof. Turned it sideways.
    Try to find one without a roof rack (no extra holes).
  22. HomemadeHardtop57
    Joined: Nov 15, 2007
    Posts: 4,302


    Shoebox Ford turned sideways. Crown fit perfectly after some trimming on the edges

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  23. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 3,098

    from NKy

    Escort seems to fit the bill also , my 32 3w is a 53 Stupidbaker best as I can recall . Sorry for the Stuip comment , I got carried away again !

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  24. thirtytwo
    Joined: Dec 19, 2003
    Posts: 2,641


    You can buy a brand new roof skin for one
  25. wackdaddy
    Joined: Nov 11, 2015
    Posts: 213


    90's Lexus 4 door sedans turned sideways
  26. Do you think it would be much more difficult to roll one out on an English Wheel than tracking down a donor this close to snow season?

    I know a big, low crown panel is tough to get just right though.
  27. Canuck
    Joined: Jan 4, 2002
    Posts: 1,104


    68 full size Chevy 4-dr HT fit all the curves perfect on my 30 coupe.
    Just tack welded it around the nail area on the original roof, sealed the seam and covered with 1/8" closed cell foam and roof deck vinyl with repro trim. Looks like original with no flapping and no leaking. Could be returned to original if you really wanted.

    Last edited: Dec 6, 2016
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