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damaged top worth fixing?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by JR66Ford, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. JR66Ford
    Joined: Aug 7, 2004
    Posts: 22


    I found this car in the woods. I think it's a '49 Chevy fleetline. Please correct me if I wrong. The top is caved in, either from a tree or kids dancing a jig. The rest of the car is all there, it even has an original fenton visor. Is this car worth dragging out and fixing? How would I go about the top issue? Or, would this be best left as a parts car? Thanks


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  2. 47 or 48. To much car there to part out. Drag out & fix.
  3. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,878


    48 fleetline... and it'll probabaly mostly pop out!
  4. chrisntx
    Joined: Jan 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,798

    from Texas .

    jr, what are you using for a radiator on your 66 ford?

  5. Lay on your back on the front seat with some sneakers on and push with your legs.
  6. metalix_421
    Joined: Mar 24, 2010
    Posts: 890


    worth fixing to me also 47 or 48. 49 was different body style
  7. adamshumard
    Joined: Jan 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,380


    Yeah, just push it up. You'd be surprised the memory that old tin has.
  8. Da Tinman
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,226

    Da Tinman

    Do it, if nothing else its good practice!

    This one took about a week to fix


    no patches cuts or welding required, just some patients and a lack of regard for your sanity.


    pop the big one out first and chase the rest around till your happy.

    its under there somewhere.....

  9. Shaggy
    Joined: Mar 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,208

    from Sultan, WA

    If ya decide it isnt fixable, you could carson top it
  10. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


  11. The rear window is intact, so the roof isn't bent too bad.

    Won't be a 2 minute job to fix the roof,
    but you'll learn something AND have a cool car.
  12. Kind of ironic to have a Crush bottle on a crushed roof.:D [​IMG]
  13. Da Tinman
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,226

    Da Tinman

    keep that bottle around just for those occasions.

    Plus my idiot camera wanted to focus on the wall behind the car so the bottle gives it a closer target!
  14. caseyscustoms
    Joined: May 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,031

    from st.joe, MO

    roofs are one of the easiest things to get dents out of. you could probably pop most of those out with your hand
  15. RichG
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 3,919


    Da tinman was who I thought of when I read the first post... :))
  16. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,082

    from California

    did a crushed roof for a guy a few years back. couple experts came by to tell me I would need to skim the whole top with bondo. the roof was already popped back when I got it, but it had stretch marks around the edges. little hammer and dolly work, and a shrinking disc and it was back in shape.
  17. Retro Jim
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 3,859

    Retro Jim

    It can be fixed . Do the feet like explained before buy DON'T kick it . Just push slowly but be carefully with your back . the creases at the edges will need to be hammered out or heat up and hammer . Just take your time !

    Retro Jim
  18. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,344


    Better find out whose woods you "found" it in and make sure he/she wants it fixed before you do anything.
  19. rld14
    Joined: Mar 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,609


    That looks like a pretty solid car that's lasted at least 63 years... You betcha it can be saved, look around here, guys have brought back stuff that was 20 times worse.
  20. 1951Streamliner
    Joined: May 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,875

    from Reno, NV

  21. JJGS
    Joined: Oct 30, 2009
    Posts: 17

    from Seattle

    If your gunna part it out...I'll take those Stainless Window Shades :) should be 4 of them...PM me the info for payment...It looks to be either a 47 -48 Areosedan
  22. Grab that cool looking car and fix it! Those are super hard to find!
  23. 60galaxieJJ
    Joined: Dec 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,525


    Fix er up! Thing is too complete to part out
  24. JR66Ford
    Joined: Aug 7, 2004
    Posts: 22


    Thanks y'all for the info. I've just got to stop and talk to the owners and see if I can get it. Apparently it's been there for a LONG time.
  25. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 8,839


    Fix it, curved roof and easier than a flat roof. Those vent shades over the windows, if you have four (4) would be worth salvage price alone. All that glitzy Fleetline trim if complete is worth a good price as well. Then there is the wing tips on the rear bar, and centre fold down over rider, all hard to get. Adding more value is the Fulton sunvisor. That's without looking too hard.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2011

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