Hey everyone, I'm NOT A BODYMAN. There....that's out of the bag, now: I am questioning a bunch of the work that was done to an A coupe body, with around a 4" chop, that I recently aquired, and am butcheri....I mean, err, umm, practicing/learning sheet metal work on. I don't care when this gets done, or, even if it does, only that it is fairly nice, and doesn't fall apart...however, I want to drive the sucker, should it ever actually become finished, so, I certainly do not need TOTAL PERFECTION, either. My apologies to all the metal men and painters I've just offended, but, really, in my case, with a hot rod, the returns don't warrant that degree of obsession. Think: HOT ROD....not show winning, photo-op custom. It was already chopped, by p.o., and it has been painted, too ( though it definately was not ready for that yet...), but, it looks rushed, and suspect, in a number of cases, even to my untrained eye, it would appear to be p.o.'s "learning car" or class project, with a variety of things started, or roughed out, but nothing totally finished, but that is exactly what I wanted, something to hone some skills on, but, not a total basket case. I am currently grinding down problem spots, cleaning them up, smoothing, filling, and re-doing some welds. So, my question of the moment, if anyone could help me out, is........... I want to put all the top wood back, I like the way it looks, but, I'm also really not digging the fact that the tops of the A pillars and the roof sides are only held together by the wood and brackets. So, if a fella was to weld that all up, how would that affect the wood installation??? Any other problems with that? windsheled? I am a mechanic, and this level of work is new to me, but intriguing... Any thoughts on this would be appreciated, by the experienced A builder... Thanks! Mark.